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Christopher Nolan Talks Batman Villains at Cannes Film Festival

Christopher Nolan has been directing movies for over fifteen years. He has directed such thrillers as Inception, Interstellar, and The Dark Knight Trilogy. He is well-known for his Batman movies. Though they were released years ago, they still resonate highly with audiences. He spoke about them at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The Batman character is different in these films than others made before them. Nolan said that while Bruce Wayne may be rich, he doesn’t have any superpowers. Other than that, he’s just a normal person. Apparently, that is exactly what drew Nolan to the character. He created Batman in a way that the character has feelings. His fear, guilt, anger, and love control most of his decisions. He responds to the actions of each villain instead of being proactive against them, (most of the time). This shifts the focus of each film.

Nolan feels the villains in The Dark Knight Trilogy became the center of attention for audiences. Each movie had interesting and complex villains that were thought-provoking and terrifying at the same time. Whether it was Henri Ducard in Batman Begins or the Joker in The Dark Knight, fans couldn’t get enough of their charisma. Even Bane struck a chord of fear in the bravest of fans during The Dark Knight Rises.

Nolan spoke further about his ideas and what inspired them. He said he never planned on doing any sequels to Batman Begins. Its villain was complex as he was Batman’s mentor and trainer. Henri Ducard was the mentor turned villain that made things personal for Batman in the first film. Nolan believes each film fits in its own category. Batman Begins was originally meant to remain a true origins story. However, the success of the film proved that fans were hungry for more. The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises followed suit.

Christopher Nolan said he felt that The Dark Knight was reminiscent of a crime drama. The Joker defined the film as a crazed lunatic let loose on the already crime-ridden city of Gotham. He evolves into a charismatic and disturbing criminal boss. However, the Joker became an idol for fans, even more so than Batman himself.

Bane became the star of the last movie. Christopher Nolan explained that The Dark Knight Rises was directed in the scope of a historical epic. Many fans will argue that the Joker is a better villain. However, Bane has his place in the Batman universe, with his military-style tale of revenge against the hero.

Nolan claims that this is the way these movies have been defined. The villains play the biggest role in defining each movie. Batman plays off them. Nolan created Batman in such a way that he became more complex as he faced each new villain. Either way, they all quickly became the main focus.

Jaclyn Jose wins Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival

As the first Southeast Asian actress to win the Best Actress Award at Cannes, Jaclyn Jose has catapulted her way to mainstream fame and is now a household name in the film industry. She was pleasantly surprised that she beat out Hollywood superstars like Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart and this is just the beginning for the Filipina actress. The film is titled Ma Rosa and it was directed by Brillante Mendoza. Ma Rosa focuses on the poverty in the Philippines, and Jose’s character faces dilemmas that touch on family, drugs, and police corruption. Brillante Mendoza is famous for winning the Best Director Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and he has inspired many Filipino directors to follow in his footsteps. Other Filipino directors like Joshua Ortiz from Orlando, Florida have films screening at Cannes and this is certainly great news for Asians in Hollywood. With the issue of racial representation quickly growing in Hollywood, it is refreshing to see Asians succeeding in the world of film. Jaclyn Jose will be going home with her gold award and she is excited to now be known as one of the Philippines prized gems. She is quoted to say that she is honored to be mentioned in the same breath as boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. With this amazing achievement, there is no doubt that Asian actresses, actors, and directors will see that it is very much possible to succeed in Hollywood.