We are living in a golden age of superhero movies. It wasn’t always this way, though. A few decades ago, comic-book films were considered campy children’s fare and nothing more. They were the laughingstock of the film world. Even Batman was a joke after the disaster that was Batman & Robin. One franchise changed all of that: Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

In our latest Batman video, we explore Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises and show how they changed the world’s perceptions about what superhero movies could be. We go back to the early days of superhero movies to see why they were failing, and look at how Batman Begins directly influenced the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We also look at how Christopher Nolan adapted certain DC Comics in smart ways, and show how he paved the way for a whole generation of indie directors to use superhero movies as their calling card in Hollywood. Take a look:

If you liked that video about how The Dark Knight Trilogy saved superhero movies, check out more of our videos below, including why Ben Affleck could have been the greatest movie Batman, a look at the Riddler mysteries in the latest trailer for The Batman, and our breakdown of all The Batman trailer Easter eggs. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. The Batman is scheduled to open in theaters on March 4, 2022. The Flash opens on November 4, 2022.

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