Dark Knight Introduces Heroes To Subtlety

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It's not just superhero movies that have been affected by the success of The Dark Knight; NBC's Heroes has also taken cues from Chris Nolan's smash... but not in the way you might expect.


Over at his blog, show producer Greg Beeman talked about the Nolan influence that you might have missed in this week's episode:

The guys at Optic Nerve created a really cool appliance for Zach Quinto for the moment when Jack Coleman slits his throat. We shot film of Jack really cutting this appliance which gushed blood. It was freaky. But in post-production we found it more powerful to have Jack do the slice off-stage in a close up and then cut wide for the aftermath as Zach started to bleed out. I had recently seen THE DARK KNIGHT just before we started post-producing this episode and I was struck by how they never showed any violence as an on-camera event – everything was implied, and yet actually felt more violent. That might have influenced the decision to edit this scene this way.

Me, I was hoping for some kind of realization that ambiguity and relatively understated character development are not the enemy, but I'll take what I can get. Although, given Heroes' track record, I wouldn't be too surprised if we see a character called "The Scary Nihilistic Clown" shows up before too long, just to hammer home that they've seen the movie.

Season 3 - Episode 11 [Beaming Beeman]



Of course, key characters in the Dark Knight died and stayed dead. So that might be something to learn from too...