Geek Impact: The 42-year-old director (and Oscar-nominated writer and producer) closed out his Gotham City trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises, a bold, black-clad epic that instantly became a global object of relentless dissection, ferocious debate and delicious parody. To fanboys, Nolan is the Comic-Con equivalent of Stanley Kubrick or Thom Yorke a frosty, remote Riddler in a world of light-weight Jokers and the next great debate begins when this cinematic brainiac gets his hands on Metropolis.
Geek Cred: As a youngster, the why-so-serious auteur made his first film with a Captain Action doll handling the leading man role. Nolan still has a playful side why else would a framed poster of Adam West's Batman get a spot on his home office's wall? Geoff Boucher