Director Christopher Nolan was determined to go back in time for Batman BEGINS by ensuring dazzling special effects don't distract from the all-important characters.

Nolab, 34, adores 1970s style film-making, and was keen to recreate the big screen magic that was present before computer wizardry took over.

He explains, "I wanted to get back to something a bit more old-fashioned than the computer graphics and effects driven films that have arisen over the last 10 years, which were very exciting when they first began, but are now getting a bit stale.

"I wanted to get back to the epic blockbusters I'd seen as a kid in the late 70s - Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the kind of things (GEORGE) LUCAS and (STEVEN) SPIELBERG were doing."

10/06/2005 09:14