"A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification; he can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, you become something else entirely... a legend, Mr. Wayne."In 2005, eight years after Batman & Robin put the Batman film franchise on deep freeze, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer rebooted the franchise with the first entry of a trilogy fans refer to as The Dark Knight Saga (despite the fact that the first film in the series does not contain "The Dark Knight" in its title OR dialog).All three films star Christian Bale as The Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Other stars in the saga include Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) as Rachel Dawes, Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane, Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard, Heath Ledger as The Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as GCPD officer John Blake.The series consists of:animesque anthology, Batman: Gotham Knight, helped to bridge the gap between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, though Christopher Nolan had no involvement in its production.While the films feature original storylines, they borrow scenes and themes from multiple Batman comic book miniseries such as Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween and Dark Victory, and Frank Miller's Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns, as well as maxi-series like Knightfall and No Man's Land. Further, the films borrow heavily from Batman: The Animated Series in terms of style and character. And despite all the liberties taken by the trilogy to combine these disparate elements into a unified vision — or perhaps because of them — Batman fans widely consider the films some of the best adaptations of the franchise to date. Viewers outside the comicbook fandom agreed, and the series has been known widely for its critical and commercial success.See also Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, a reboot of the Superman movie franchise produced by Nolan and written by Goyer.
The series as a whole provides examples of: