Aside from being one of the most highly anticipated films of the 21st century, The Dark Knight Rises also has the distinction of being one of the few Hollywood blockbusters that has resisted the temptation of 3D.
Of course, a more accurate statement would be that the director Christopher Nolan has resisted studio overtures to turn the film into the ‘eye-popping’ spectacle that has become the norm. And, it shows just how ubiquitous the practice has become that is it now rare for a $250 million film not to be shot in stereoscopy.
While there is no doubting the populist appeal of 3D, the fact is right now it does not show films at their optimum picture quality, while IMAX, which Nolan used to shoot both this film and its predecessor, does offer superior sound and vision.
Indeed, Nolan believes that filmmakers should stand there ground and not bullied by money hungry studios into adopting 3D. He also insists that studios should listen to what the audience actually want.
He said: “People who are lucky enough to find those venues (IMAX) are going to see something they can’t see anywhere else and will have never seen before, frankly, I know that I can give the audience something that I really believe is going to give them added value when they see the movie.”
“I never meet anybody who actually likes the format (3D), and it’s always a source of great concern to me when you’re charging a higher price for something that nobody seems to really say they have any great love for,” he continued.
Contrary to what Nolan says, that are plenty of people who like the medium of 3D. In fact, one of the greatest film makers ever, Martin Scorsese, says he will now consider shooting all his future projects in 3D.
And, there are of course movies, such as Hugo and James Cameron’s Avatar, which have been filmed specifically in that medium and thus benefit greatly from stereoscopy.
In fact, Nolan, along with Mission: Impossible 4 director Brad Bird, are firmly in the minority of anti-3D film makers, with even the likes of German auteurs Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders dabbling in it recently.
So while Batman may not be in 3D just now, you can almost guarantee that when Warner Bros reboot the franchise, he will be.