Christopher Nolan Said ‘No’ To This Song For Dark Knight Trailers

Christopher Nolan is one of the greatest filmmakers working in Hollywood. His body of work exhibit a lot of finesse, displays a remarkable amount of poise and themes are grandiose but emotionally grounded. He is truly a visionary director who can dabble into different genres and continue to deliver the hits.

He is the man behind ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy which is a huge contribution to the Batman movie renaissance. Within that trilogy, the second movie titled ‘The Dark Knight’ is perhaps the genre-defining project which caught everyone’s attention. The biggest reason why it’s considered a cult film is because of Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal of the classic Batman villain ‘The Joker’.

Recently, Christopher Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan (co-writer of Dark Knight) participated in Reddit AMA, where he revealed that Chris refused to use one particular song for the trailers of the movie. He said:

“I worked in the movies for years with my brother and he was never very keen on using popular music. Which I totally get. The music he was creating for the films with Hans was so beautiful and purpose built for each moment that it didn’t need any help. But I would always have suggestions and thoughts for what music we could be using. I write listening to music (Lisa doesn’t — every writer is different) and I would have these extensive lists of things I thought would work. One example — I tried for ten years to convince Chris to do a trailer for one of our Batman films using Paint it Black. It’s an iconic song, and it’s been used before, and I understood why he wasn’t interested.”

Often, the creative team cut trailers with a hit song to connect with the audience but Christopher Nolan refused to employ this strategy for either of the three films. The Dark Knight Trilogy is conceptualized and directed by Christopher Nolan which is now available in all formats – digital, Blu Ray, DVD etc.

The ensemble cast of the ‘Dark Knight trilogy’ is stunningly amazing as it includes Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake (Robin), Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard (Ra’s al Ghul), Cillian Murphy as Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow), Tim Booth as Victor “Mr.” Zsasz, Heath Ledger as the Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent (Two-Face), Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate (Talia al Ghul).

The official movie synopsis of ‘Dark Knight’ reads:

“With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. But when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism”.

Anuj Aggarwal

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