Christopher Nolan’s panache as a filmmaker is not an unheard fact. A glorifying career thus far has managed to marvel the cinematic audience in one way or other in every attempt he has taken upon. Directing films spanning over different genres, yet giving them a style of his own, he has been able to gather people’s attention more often than not. His films are universal in its nature and are widely accepted, which makes him one of the most well-liked and easily accessible directors working today. Starting of his career with experimental short films and low budget films like any other studious filmmaker of his age, the instant fame he managed to gain with his cheeky, yet massively indulging style, sky-rocketed when he later directed The Batman Trilogy and from then on his films has got cult fan following all over the world.
Arguably, the most overlooked facet when it comes to his films is the characters appearing in his works. This is often attributed to the heavy reliability on the plot when it comes to his films, because of which the characters are felt a bit underwhelmed. But they are as fascinating and absorbing as the other aspects of his film-making. Ultimately, we as film lovers are more often than not are essentially allured by this fact. Hence, let us take a look at the list of top 12 Christopher Nolan characters in his films.
12. Ra’s Al Ghul – Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Ra’s Al Ghul, the villain-cum-mentor of Batman in the trilogy, is a key character that helped the evolution of Batman as the savior of Gotham and also contributed to his ideals in a great way. It was Nolan’s idea to use the same person as the mentor and villain in the first installment of the trilogy, thus arousing the intrigue of portraying different shades of dispositions that one character can possess and also imparting the uncertainty in the storyline. Ra’s al Ghul, in his younger days was a mercenary who got separated from his wife and child and then joined the League of Shadows. Later in his older days he finds Bruce Wayne and trains him well to fight against Gotham, which Wayne disobeys. In fact character wise he is as rich as Wayne and wants to defeat the evil and corruption in the world and his power as a character is revealed in his short appearance in the last part of the trilogy
11. Mal Cobb – Inception (2010)
Mal Cobb was the wife of Dom Cobb, whom both together invented the idea of dream sharing. During a particular instance of this sharing they both are trapped in the ‘Limbo’ and when they wake up, this dream becomes Mal’s false reality. Unable to accept her reality and in the hope of saving herself she commits suicide. In this film Mal is essentially the antagonist or threat. She reflects what all can go wrong if the dream sharing is not done properly. She often sabotages Dom in his dreams and forces him to join her and thereby hurting his fellow teammates too. It is also Dom’s idea of guilt in his wife’s death that invariably forces him to go on with the mission to prove him true.