It shouldn't come as much of a surprise for fans to find out that Christopher Nolan is going to have his hands and footprints immortalized at Grauman's Chinese Theater to commemorate the release of his third and final Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."
Warner Bros made the announcement in a press release and confirmed that the ceremony will take place this Saturday at 10am. He'll join the ranks of stars like John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and the casts of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" movies who have been honored by being incorporated into the classic theater's forecourt.
"Everyone at Warner Bros. joins me in congratulating Christopher Nolan, who has been such an integral part of our family for the past 12 years," Warner Bros president Jeff Robinov said in the press release. "We are extremely proud of the cinematic legacy he has given us through his films. At only 41, Christopher takes his place alongside other industry giants featured at Grauman's, and generations of fans will remember the extraordinary impression he left on their imaginations."
It was Nolan's Batman films that largely changed Hollywood's perception of blockbuster superhero films. Movies like "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" had gotten the ball rolling for the genre, but other attempts at adaptations like "Daredevil" and "Fantastic Four" fell flat for their unclear visions. Nolan's "Batman Begins" showed a harder, darker side of the genre when it was released in 2005, and 2008's "The Dark Knight" cemented that good impression by earning itself an Oscar win and proving that comic book movies could be serious films too. We'll be surprised if "The Dark Knight Rises" doesn't walk away with at least a nomination or two from the Academy at this year's Oscars ceremony.
So congratulations to you, Mr. Nolan. You certainly do deserve this great honor, for both your Batman films and your other efforts like "Inception," "Memento" and "The Prestige." Now let's line Joss Whedon up for a slab of concrete at Grauman's as well.
Are you happy that Nolan is getting honored at Grauman's? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!