Trivia / The Dark Knight Trilogy
aka: The Dark Knight Saga

  • All-Star Cast: All three films feature Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy, on top of:
  • Fake Americans: In the first movie, Katie Holmes and Morgan Freeman are the only actual Americans, amid the Welsh-born Englishman Christian Bale, the English Gary Oldman and Tom Wilkinson, and the Irish Cillian Murphy (and Northern Irish Liam Neeson, but Ra's isn't American anyway). There are more real Americans in the second film, but the Joker is played by Australian Heath Ledger. (We can't be sure of the Joker's nationality, but he speaks with a Chicago accent).
    • Notably, almost the entire cast of Begins (including most of the main stars) hail from one part of the British Isles or another, although Michael Caine's character is British and Ducard is a stateless individual.
    • This is mostly averted in the sequels, although notably the main villains of both sequels play it straight (Heath Ledger was Australian, Tom Hardy is British and Marion Cotillard is French.)
  • Fan Nickname: The "Nolanverse" is a common fan-used name for the trilogy.
    • Fans who disliked Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character being revealed to be the Nolanverse's version of Robin have taken to calling him "Not Robin".
    • On a meta-level, BatBale is used when referring to the actor or the character.
    • Before the official series name was revealed, this wiki called it The Dark Knight Saga.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Christopher Nolan has gone on record that Heat was a big inspiration for his trilogy. Bruce's relationship strain with Rachel mirrors Vincent and Justine's. The heist in The Dark Knight is also a homage to the opening heist in Heat.
  • Lying Creator and Actors: The statements that Talia al'Ghul and Robin would not be in the films was supported (by lying, or simply silence) by the actors who played Talia al'Ghul and Robin.
    • Earlier on, Nolan also claimed that Robin would never appear in the series because Bruce Wayne himself was just starting out, and Robin "would still be a kid at this time". This one's at least true From a Certain Point of View: there's a Time Skip before Rises, and Dick Grayson—the character almost everyone assumed Nolan was referring to—is replaced by the Composite Character Robin John Blake.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Bank Manager of Gotham National is in exactly one scene: it's with the Joker, and what a scene it is.
  • Playing Against Type: Gary Oldman is known for his great acting range, but is often typecast as a villain. In these movies, he plays a heroic Jim Gordon, and avoids going overboard with his acting.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Among those who auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman? Cillian Murphy.
    • A video game tie-in to The Dark Knight was listed as "In Development" for several months before and after the movie came out, with Gary Oldman even discussing it in an interview with G4, but it was ultimately scrapped. The developers may have felt that releasing a video game with players beating up a recently deceased actor's digital avatar would have been in poor taste.
    • There were originally going to be more sequels, but after the death of Heath Ledger they decided to make The Dark Knight Rises the Grand Finale to the series.
    • A large part of The Dark Knight Rises was going to be a subplot involving the Joker on trial for the crimes committed in the second film, essentially providing payoff for the "Batman and Joker fighting forever" idea set-up at the end of Dark Knight. After Ledger's death it was decided simply to cut Joker out entirely rather than recast him, since Ledger would be such a Tough Act to Follow.

Alternative Title(s): The Dark Knight Saga

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