Batman And The Dark Knight

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Batman is one of the most famous and celebrated fictional characters to ever exist. From his inception in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics to his recent silver screen features, the character of Batman has persisted over time and evolved. Fans and critics often praise Tim Burton’s Batman and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight as the best Batman films, both of which do utilize aesthetics of film very well, but were limited by their live-action filming. Burton got around this in his film by blending hand-drawn backgrounds and physical sets,1 while Nolan kept his feet firmly planted in the real world. Regardless, both still had their limitations. When assessing the aesthetics of the films, both Batman and The Dark Knight have strong enough narratives to keep them going, but when analyzing more detailed pieces, such as use of color, lighting, and sound, and how they bolster the narrative, the oft-forgotten animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm proves to be more well-rounded, both in terms of utilizing aesthetics and in being a Batman film. Mask of the Phantasm’s strongest suit is perhaps its narrative structure. When strictly reviewing the film, film critic Doug Walker took to his YouTube show Nostalgia Critic to raise awareness of the film, calling it the “best all-around Batman film,” praising how it focused on the psyche of Bruce Wayne, Batman’s alter-ego, more than most Batman films. This narrative impacts the film’s use of lighting, color, and sound heavily, but when
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