Creator / Christopher Nolan

"I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today's movies. They believe everything they're hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up."
— Christopher Nolan

Christopher Jonathan James Nolan (b. 1970) is an English-American screenwriter and director, brother of Jonathan Nolan, known for making several Mind Screwy neo-noir movies, and for reviving the Batman film franchise.

His films tend to emphasize themes of obsession, deception, guilt, and order versus chaos. And all of his films are driven by a man lying to himself or others to cope with grief.


He has also produced:

Tropes usually seen in his works:

Tropes that apply to him:

  • Auteur License: Hollywood is under the impression that any film in which he has the slightest involvement will turn to box-office gold. Considering his solid three-film streak, it's not exactly far-fetched.
  • Batman Gambit: How he got Inception made. Lampshaded by the fact that he used the Batman IP to do it.
  • Benevolent Boss: Many actors who have worked with him have also noted that he is very easy to work with.
  • Gentleman Snarker: At times:
    Interviewer: What is the hardest part of filmmaking for you?
    Nolan: This.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Nolan's signature dark suit, no tie, and dress shirt with a few buttons open. Sometimes he includes a vest or tie.
  • Person as Verb: After his approach on the Batman film series, "Nolanize" has been used as a term used by fans, meaning rebooting a science-fiction/fantasy series to strip away all unrealistic elements from it.
  • Red Index, Green Index: Averted, since he's red and green colorblind. There's also a distinct lack of either color in most of his works.
    • Blue Tropes: However, his works sometimes have copious levels of blue in them.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: A suit, with or without tie and jacket, has been noted as Nolan's uniform of sorts.
  • Sibling Team: His brother Jonathan is sometimes his screenwriting partner.
  • Spot of Tea: Earl Grey.
    Morgan Freeman: He takes a sip of tea every 10 or 15 minutes. Heís like quiet authority.
    Michael Caine: And I actually found out what the tea was, itís Earl Grey tea. Thatís what he drinks, all day long.