Christopher Nolan rang in Batman’s 80th birthday in style on Saturday.

The filmmaker joined fans for a Dark Knight trilogy marathon at the Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk in Hollywood Saturday for a back-to-back IMAX 70mm screenings. Nolan sat for a Q&A in between 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, sporting a blazer and holding a thermos of what was surely tea.

By the time Nolan came out, the crowd was already amped up, having burst into applause multiple times during The Dark Knight. The director soon delivered a treat, sharing a never-before-revealed trick he used for the film, for the intense car chase after Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) turns himself in as Batman. The real Dark Knight (Christian Bale) shows up in the Batmobile and smashes into a garbage truck driven by a Joker henchman.

“It’s a miniature,” Nolan said, sounding amused. “I don’t think anyone’s ever noticed it’s a miniature.”

Nolan spoke about casting Bale as Batman, and shared a tidbit about his now-frequent collaborator Cillian Murphy auditioning for the lead instead.

“Christian was actually the first actor I met for the role. And so I think I had a pretty strong sense from there,” said Nolan. “Cillian Murphy was somebody who I had seen in Danny Boyle’s film, 28 Days Later, and he screen tested for Batman, actually, and gave an extraordinary test. And so we wound up casting him as Scarecrow based on that.”

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