Far more shocking to me than a failed blockbuster, is the idea that anything with that many people working on it, and that much attention, could ever be creatively cohesive and successful. Like a military campaign, it takes a unique kind of leadership to not only have the vision, but to execute it in a way that makes sure that a team of incredibly talented people are all working together to bring the dream into reality.

This New York Times article on the making of The Dark Night Returns, is an interesting one.  Spoiler free, it focuses on the method to the madness, and provides what I think is some genuine insight into the film-making process.

But if Mr. Nolan was feeling any stress on the set in Chicago last year, his easygoing reserve concealed it. Dressed, as always, in his own somewhat formal uniform — dark blazer, waistcoat, French cuffs; a thermos of tea in hand; a wireless video monitor around his neck — he also seemed a bit of a throwback. While many filmmakers watch in seclusion on television screens, he stood next to the camera, always on his feet unless he was kneeling to whisper in someone’s ear. “Acting is such a vulnerable thing, you don’t want to be told in front of others that you’ve made a mistake, or ‘Try this,’ ” said Aaron Eckhart, who plays Harvey Dent, a district attorney. “Chris understands that.”

This is one film that I’m definitely looking forward to. Good superhero stuff is always about echoing the characters internal conflicts into giant external conflicts, and I thought the first film did a great job of that.

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