Batman Cementing the Legend- Christopher Nolan Honored at Grauman’s written by Sean Gerber July 8, 2012 “The Dark Knight” trilogy is less than two weeks away from its epic conclusion, though its legacy has already been forever-etched in the minds of fans. Those same fans packed Hollywood Blvd. on Saturday morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of Christopher Nolan as the the director was honored with much more literal permanence. The man who brought the Batman franchise back from its lowest depths to its greatest heights officially joined Hollywood’s all-time elite by having his hand and footprints cemented in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It was only four years ago that Nolan played the role of presenter at a ceremony just like this when Sir Michael Caine was the honoree in advance of “The Dark Knight.” This time, the roles were reversed with Caine, who’s now worked with the director on five films, inducting Nolan. “I’ve worked with [directors] who directed action, ” said Caine, “romance, thrillers, adventure, horror, comedy. Brilliant directors who worked in all those fields, but I [had] never ever worked with a brilliant director, in one person, in all those fields. And Christopher Nolan is that director.” Caine joked that he wasn’t trying to work himself into the next Batman film, which Nolan will not direct, but that this was his, “Absolute and true opinion of this man.” Nolan then took the stage, leading with genuine gratitude toward Caine and the previous two speakers, director Michael Mann and Warner Bros. Pictures president Jeff Robinov. The honoree also thanked the cast standing behind him and the family that has supported his entire career, most notably his brother/co-writer, Jonah, and his wife/co-producer, Emma Thomas. Acknowledging that this was “all a bit surreal,” Nolan remembered visiting Grauman’s for the first time as a 16-year-old tourist. “It never for one instant occurred to me that I might actually be here doing that. It’s not even a dream come true because it’s not something I ever dreamed about; it’s beyond that.” Nolan ended his speech by thanking Grauman’s before cementing his signature, hand, and footprints. After a quick hand wash, Nolan returned to answer a few questions. Since his feeling during the ceremony was surreal, I asked him how he felt now that “The Dark Knight Rises” is complete and it was near time to say goodbye to almost a decade of Batman. “It’s mixed emotions. There’s a lot of pride and a lot of gratitude for having had the opportunity to work with these great characters who we didn’t come up with and we don’t own. That felt like an incredible period in my life to be able to do that. At the same time, I’m glad to finish something that I think is of value and I want to show it to people and see what they think of it. So it’s a real mixture of emotions. There’s some sadness, but also some real pride in what we were able to do with the thing, particularly the great memories of the people we got to work with on these films.” No doubt audiences will have the same mixture of emotions when “The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters on July 20, but not so much on this Saturday morning. Feelings of pride and celebration were in the air not just for the deserving director and the people who’ve worked with him, but also those who’ve watched the films that earned Christopher Nolan this rare honor. Special thanks to Bill “Jett” Ramey of Batman-On-Film for making my participation in all of this possible. -Sean Gerber Cementing the Legend- Christopher Nolan Honored at Grauman’s was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related The Dark Knight RisesThe Dark Knight Trilogy 4 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Will ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ be Marvel’s Next Franchise? next post 13-Minute ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Featurette You may also like New ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Poster May 22, 2012 Empire TDKR Covers Uncovered! November 20, 2011 Brand New ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Character... May 23, 2012 Batmobile From BATMAN V SUPERMAN Teased May 12, 2014 ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ TV Spot #3 May 29, 2012 TDKR Viral Campaign Begins (Again) December 8, 2011 Hot Toys Offers A Bat-Signal And Gotham’s... November 21, 2014 New TDKR Photos January 12, 2012 SDCC ’13: New Assassin Revealed for ‘Batman:... July 18, 2013 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Trailer #2 December 20, 2011 Shawn So awesome, but hey how about that TASM podcast! Ron III Excellent write up. Nolan is such a true professional. He out-classes most everyone in show business by a country mile. Adrian Well deserved . Still hard to believe its almost here . Vito Catanzaro Great article Sean! It must have been a blast. Thanks for sharing with us.