Christopher Nolan Refused To Use This Song In ‘The Dark Knight’ Trailers

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In a recent AMA on Reddit, Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan’s brother and co-writer on The Dark Knight, revealed that there’s a certain song his brother refused to include in the marketing of the film.

It’s not uncommon to hear a popular song playing in the background of the trailers for big Hollywood blockbusters. While Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy consisted of three massive blockbusters, the marketing never employed this strategy. However, if Nolan had his way that absolutely would have changed:

“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.”

Well, what do you think? Is Paint It Black a good fit for The Dark Knight? Did Christopher Nolan make the right call? Let us know what you think down in the comments below!

The Dark Knight Trilogy is directed by Christopher Nolan and the three films have an ensemble cast that includes Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robin John Blake, 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), and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (Catwoman).

The Dark Knight Trilogy is available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital formats.

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10 DC Comics Characters That Need To Be In Matt Reeves’ Batman Movie

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Ben Affleck Batman DC Comics Characters As one of the DC’s most popular heroes, Batman has starred in quite a few films. After Christopher Nolan wrapped up his Dark Knight trilogy, the character was quickly reintroduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and was a key player in Justice League. The Caped Crusader is set to return in his own movie, potentially titled The Batman, with Matt Reeves, the director of Cloverfield and the last two Planet of the Apes movies, behind the camera.

At the moment, nothing is known about the film’s plot or who will appear, but with Batman in the title role odds are other key DC characters will appear. So far, Batman’s corner of the DC Universe hasn’t been explored too much, so there are still a lot of characters who can be introduced on the big screen. Batman’s gonna need some villains to fight, and allies to fight beside, so Matt Reeves needs to search through the back-issues and figure out who he wants to include.

Hit Next to discover which DC Characters should appear in Matt Reeves’ Batman movie!

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Louis Otero

Louis Otero

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  • Maxi Iroh

    Paint it Black doesn’t really scream Batman.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    What a trash article. Absolutely no substance.

  • Carlo

    What a terrible, terrible idea. Just goes to show you that a great director KNOWS the difference between idiocy and greatness.

  • Neuromancer

    jonathan Nolan is about as original as the SW sequels.

    He steals all his ideas from better writers, and Nolan tried to steal his style from OG ridley scott and micheal mann but fails to capture what made their styles special

    Denis villenvue does it perfectly while adding something. Hes a much better director than Nolan yet fans are still up nolans unoriginal a$$.

    screw the nolans man, cant wait for them to fall into obscurity.