Happy Birthday, Christopher Nolan – 10 Geeky Facts that Prove He’s One of Us

Christopher Nolan, known for his work in the DCEU on Man of Steel as well as his work on Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises (that’s 3 Batman, 1 Superman) was born this day in 1970. Here are 10 “geeky facts” proving he, too, has got a nerdy mind.

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original photo by JD Hancock
  1. Christopher Nolan began filmmaking at the age of 7, creating short films with his Dad’s video camera starring his action figures.
  2. Because Christopher Nolan was such a big fan of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) at the age of 8, he along with his brother Jonathan Nolan created a stop-motion animation entitled Space Wars as an homage; the public has never seen this animation, but Nolan has said it still exists on his computer hard drive.
  3. Christopher Nolan is the first non-American director of a Batman film, and the first director, American or otherwise, to do three live-action Batman films.
  4. Xbox magazine has listed him among “The 100 Most Important People in Games,” crediting him with the fact that “video games have started to look a bit like his films: gritty and complex.”
  5. Christopher Nolan is a James Bond fan; his favorite film in the series is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
  6. Christopher Nolan dislikes computer graphics and intentionally avoided using them in Batman Begins.
  7. Christopher Nolan was inspired to create the Dark Knight trilogy after seeing Richard Donner‘s Superman films.
  8. Christopher Nolan’s Movies Top 10 include: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Black Hole (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Chinatown (1974), The Hitcher (1986), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Topkapi (1964), and “anything by Stanley Kubrick.”
  9. While Christopher Nolan’s films are generally dark and serious, including the Dark Knight trilogy, he admits to being a big fan of Tim Burton’s Batman (1989).
  10. Christopher Nolan is red-green colorblind. Perhaps this is why his films are so dark.

“Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn’t really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously. He’s not from another planet, or filled with radioactive gunk. I mean, Superman is essentially a god, but Batman is more like Hercules: he’s a human being, very flawed, and bridges the divide.” -Christopher Nolan

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