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  • Beyonce
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    Discuss.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Meh.  His girl characters aren’t great, but they aren’t as poorly written as some other writer/directors’.

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    Halo_Insider
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    He uses them as devices too much for my liking. Often, they’re used more to motivate the arcs of his male protagonists than to have individual progressions of their own (and the fact that they could get away with recasting Rachel Dawes showcases the lack of impact she had with people). Then again, Selina Kyle was easily my favorite part of The Dark Knight Rises, so I don’t feel like I can completely write off his skills in that regard. 

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    Once again Hathaway’s Selina Kyle was a masterpiece.

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    AMG
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    I think his female characters are better than his male ones. Inception (Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page), Dark Knight Rises (Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway), and even though I haven’t seen it, Interstellar with Hathaway & Jessica Chastain looks like it could carry on that trend. 

    None of them are weak characters, admittedly you go to Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight and that changes things. BUT his most recent films have standout female characters which are incredibly well written and performed outstandingly. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I think lately he hasn’t really given them a whole lot to do, but in his early career he wrote good characters for Following, and then Hilary Swank in Insomnia, Carrie Ann Moss in Memento, and Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson in The Prestige. I’m hoping that the characters in Interstellar are at their level, and from what I heard, it seems like they are.

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    Cheshire
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    Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises was a great female character in my opinion and I even liked Rachel in Batman Begins. I think it’s that the male characters are more important to his stories (I haven’t seen all of them yet) than the female ones. But when his female characters are on screen they aren’t glorified reaction shots *cough* Godzilla 2014 *cough*, they at least don’t bring the film down.

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    TomHardys
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    Enough said.

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    Tye-Grr
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    I personally love how he wrote Mal (Cotillard) in ‘Inception’, and Selina Kyle (Hathaway) in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Both were strong characters that added to the film and gave weight to it where the male counterparts did not- Mal is the reason that Cobb (DiCaprio) is the way he is. She literally haunts his thoughts and dreams, and she’s the catalyst; Selina Kyle is the person who inspires Bruce Wayne (Bale) to want to become Batman again. She makes him see another side to Gotham with the 99 VS 1 percent, and she even saves him at one point (and handles herself and kicks ass on her own throughout the rest of the film).

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    vinny
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    I think so. Everyone is pointing out Selina Kyle (and deservadly so) but Mal and Aradine both come to mind as well. Hell, even Rachel in TDK was pretty well written too.

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    Nolan is great at creating very interesting, very conflicted leading men, but I think most of his supporting characters (male or female) are meh. However, some of his supporting male were outstanding, like Joker, it is more noticable with females. Mal, Ariadne, Rachel, Natalie and many other female characters in Nolan films could have been played by lesser actors and no one would have spotted the difference (obsiously I do not mean replace Marion Cotillard by Megan Fox, but someone slightly less talented than Cotillard). They’re loosely based and not that complicated, and unfortunately they’re mostly used to push the lead male hero or the plot, without being compeling human beings. Hell, Black Widow in Captain America is better presented than almost all of Nolan’s females put together. 

     

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    Andrew Eng
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    I’ll echo what everyone else has said: Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) is by far the best female character Nolan has created. Unfortunately, she is the only great female character in Nolan’s filmography. In nearly all of his films, the male characters (and actors) are the standouts and the females are there as plot devices. Even Mal from Inception fell into Nolan’s trope of having his male protagonists having dead wives/girlfriends to motivate them (Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight etc., The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar). This is one area that Nolan does need to work on. 

    Hell, Black Widow in Captain America is better presented than almost all of Nolan’s females put together. 

     

    Yes, I definitely agree with this. Marvel Studios gets a lot flack for not putting women in the spotlight, but Black Widow, Pepper Potts, Peggy Carter etc. nullify that.  They’ve done a better job with their female characters than all of their competition (WB (DC), Sony, and Fox).

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    Not as bad as the writing in the title 

    #writting 

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    Atypical
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    No, not really, but I don’t think that’s Nolan’s aim or strength from a writing perspective.

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    Coincidentally (or possibly not), Sasha Stone on Awards Daily has written an excellent piece today addressing some criticism made of Interstellar’s female characters (played by Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway) by a bunch of male critics, claiming the female characters in Interstellar are weak, overly emotional, pathetic females. Sasha takes violent exception to that interpretation!

    Interesting read.

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