It’s barely summertime and already people are talking Oscars. What’s even more impressive is it’s a superhero movie that’s sparked the buzz.
The Dark Knight Rises, the latest in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, will draw the curtain to the trilogy revamp of the comic book film franchise. And, like some epic finales, it may be able to finish strong, nabbing a shiny new Academy Award for Best Picture.
If it does, it will be the first comic book film ever to do so.
It was Nolan’s groundbreaking take on the series that helped change the playing field of the Oscars as a whole. Many attribute the Batman Begins snub in 2006 for the category’s expansion from five nominees to ten in 2009.
Come 2010, Nolan’s mind-bending film Inception made that expanded category, but fell short to The King’s Speech. Nolan has still yet to be given a Best Director nomination nod for his work in the Batman series.
Still, according to Fox News, the director finds the impact his comic book series has made on the awards to be an honor on its own.
“The fact that people have talked about The Dark Knight as being a key reason why the academy changed their rules and expanded the field is just a huge honor for the film, in a weird way," said Nolan.
Even Nolan’s actors are raving about the new film. Anne Hathaway – who will join the series in number three as Catwoman – believes that Nolan has “transcended the genre.” And that’s even after working with the dude for seven months!
Anne agrees that the film has a strong chance as the ultimate Academy Award winner this year.
“I'm not saying this as a cast member. I'm saying this as a member of the academy. So far, it's the best film I've seen all year," said Hathaway.
The franchise’s quality and snubs aside, The Dark Knight Rises already has one thing going for it. It’s the last film in the series and, therefore, the last chance to honor Nolan’s work.
Trilogies like Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings - whose final film, The Return of the King, swept the 2004 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director – prove that the voters have a tendency honor good things on their way out.
See for yourself if it's worthy of Best Pic. The Dark Knight Rises hits theater July 20th.