If you are a fan of the popular Batman franchise, then you will no doubt be aware that its latest installment, The Dark Knight Rises, was recently released in theaters across the country. Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman, this latest entry to the franchise is currently the highest-grossing of all time, having pulled in over $700 million at the box office. If you’ve been waiting for a reason to visit theaters again, then this is it!

The movie is currently enjoying critical acclaim, with many praising its daring storyline and stylish direction. Indeed, it is well-deserved praise, considering the fact that The Dark Knight Rises was a challenging and bold project for its filmmakers. The Dark Knight Rises was the culmination of nearly 10 years’ worth of planning and preparation by Christopher Nolan and his team, and it represents the apex of their career. To commemorate the release of this historical film, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated it for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

However, while we may be overwhelmed with joy at the success of The Dark Knight Rises, its director, Christopher Nolan, may not be feeling quite the same way. According to a series of interviews conducted by the Daily Mail, Nolan has expressed his discontent with some of the recent developments in the Batman franchise, be it the casting of Robert Pattinson in the role of the caped crusader or the increasingly dark and gritty tone of the franchise as a whole.

While it would be remiss of us not to celebrate the success that is The Dark Knight Rises, it is also important to remember the people who helped bring that success about. And perhaps one of the most important members of the film’s creative team is its director, Christopher Nolan. Indeed, it was Nolan who spearheaded the project and who spent the most time perfecting its script, and it is largely thanks to his efforts that The Dark Knight Rises is being celebrated for the bold and unique story that it tells.

However, while we should all be grateful to Christopher Nolan for his efforts, it would be wise for us to remember the people behind the scenes who helped bring this project to life. One of those people is its script supervisor, Megan Stiles, whose involvement with the franchise began back in 2006, when she initially worked her way up through the ranks in the film industry, until she found herself working on the Batman script; her first project, to be exact. As it turns out, Megan’s favorite part of the entire process was storyboarding, and after she finished the script, she decided to pursue a career in storyboarding, ultimately finding work on films such as The Dark Knight and The LEGO Movie.

Another person worth noting is production designer, John Myhre. For those not familiar, John Myhre is best known for his work on the Harry Potter films. Indeed, he designed the interior of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as well as helped design several other famous movie sets, including Diagon Alley and the interior of an abandoned church.

However, it was on the sets of The Dark Knight that John Myhre really shined. For The Dark Knight, he was given the daunting task of designing the interior of a Gotham City that was completely destroyed. In order to achieve this, he put his imagination to work and designed a massive array of prop and effect tables that were scattered around the city’s interior. He also played an integral role in convincing director Christopher Nolan to forgo the traditional route of using blueprints for the set and to instead build the set piece by piece, using only blueprints as a guide.

And last but not least, we have costume designer, Colleen Atwood. Like John Myhre, Colleen Atwood is also best known for her work on the Harry Potter films, and she designed several memorable characters, including Professor Severus Snape and Tom Riddle. For the latter, she was even given the difficult task of recreating the look of young Marvolo Riddle, who some consider to be the future Lord Voldemort. Atwood also designed the iconic orange outfit that Pennywise wears in It, and she was given the daunting task of designing the clown’s ‘70s-inspired wardrobe.

Speaking of the future of the Batman franchise, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. Back in 2006, when Megan Stiles was first hired on to the project, Warner Bros. already had one Batman film under their belt. Up until that point, they had released Batman Begins in 2005, which marked the beginning of a new era for the franchise. As it turned out, The Dark Knight was a grandiose project that required a lot of preparation and planning, and it turned out to be one of the most important films of Nolan’s career. Indeed, it would go on to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time, pulling in over $600 million at the box office.

As it turns out, The Dark Knight was almost not made. Indeed, back in 2003, Warner Bros. was so sure that they had failed at finding the right actor to play Batman that they almost canceled the project. According to the screenplay for Batman Begins (which was adapted from Bill Finger’s initial story), Warner Bros. almost decided to scrap the entire Batman concept because they were so convinced that no actor could play the dual role of the Caped Crusader and the Dark Knight effectively.

It took them over a year to finally find the right actor in Christian Bale, and even then they were still doubtful that they had finally found the right guy in the role. However, when they did finally find the right actor, their entire perception of the character was turned upside down. Indeed, the film not only succeeded at portraying a dark and gritty Batman, but it also marked the beginning of a new era for the franchise. And it all started with a phone call.

The Early Days Of The Batman Franchise

For those not familiar, James Bond is the quintessential Englishman. He is cool, collected, and effortlessly stylish. However, it was not always thus for the original ‘British spy,’ whose origins can be traced back to the 30s and whose look has changed over the years. In fact, for many decades, the typical James Bond look was not at all what it is today. In the 1940s, for example, the typical James Bond look was a full beard, swept back hair, and a suit. In more recent years, the filmmakers have toyed with the idea of making Bond more of a fashion icon than a spy, and they have played around with his appearance, often sporting outfits that were fashionable and stylish.

However, despite all of this playfulness and experimentation, the one thing that the filmmakers have always maintained is that James Bond is always, and I mean always, associated with one particular classic car brand – and that is, of course, Bentley. So when Martin Brundle, the managing director of Brand Finance, came up with a way of measuring the power and authority of a brand, he looked at the global spending on brand and said that ‘Bentley is the ultimate status symbol”. Obviously, this is an exaggeration, but it is an interesting way of looking at brands. According to Brand Finance, a brand, or a firm closely associated with a brand, will see an increase in value of between 5% and 10% in a simple, calculated comparison between two otherwise identical situations. The reason for this phenomenon is that consumers associate certain qualities with a particular brand. So if you are part of a brand’s legacy, be it through a famous family name or an incredibly successful business venture, you will inevitably draw a large crowd when the brand decides to throw a party. After all, your involvement will make you a sort of celebrity in your own right.

It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. During World War II, the leaders of Great Britain and America were on friendly terms, and many of the top American brass saw the British as their allies, especially during the dark days of the war. With both countries under a black cloud, people were looking for a way to let their hair down, and what better way to do that than with a party. So with that in mind, it was decided that the best way to celebrate the conclusion of the war was with a Grand Tour, a massive celebration of British culture and elegance that was inspired by the great cultural links that still bind the United Kingdom and America together. And what better way to do that than with a fancy dress party?

The point is that this partnership between American and English fashion and entertainment was not a one-off occurence. It became an annual tradition, and in the decades that followed, the British Invasion became an essential part of the American cultural fabric, changing the way that people viewed and interacted with fashion and lifestyle.