For more than 30 years, the gold standard for directors with vision, imagination and the ability to create compelling worlds that transport the viewer was Steven Spielberg. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park” are just a few of his most memorable creations over the years.
In the last 20 years or so, Spielberg has veered away from more fantastical subject matter to making films like “War Horse” or “Lincoln,” leaving it up to younger filmmakers to follow in his footsteps.
Probably the best young visionary directors today are J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan. Nolan drew attention with smaller films, like “Memento” and “Insomnia,” but it was his reboot of the “Batman” films that established him as a one of the most formidable talents in Hollywood. Not content with simply remaking the films, Nolan reimagined the “Batman” series by taking a more realistic look at what the world would look like if a city was protected by a masked vigilante. The second film, “The Dark Knight,” is probably the greatest action film of the 2000s and its sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is not far behind.