Christopher Jonathan James Nolan (born July 30, 1970) is a British - American movie director , writer and producer . He often works with his brother, author Jonathan Nolan . Nolan is best known for directing the psychological thriller Memento , and for reviving the Batman movie franchise as the director of The Dark Knight Trilogy . Each of them are Batman Begins ( 2005 ), The Dark Knight ( 2008 ), and The Dark Knight Rises ( 2012 ). He is also the founder of the production company, Syncopy Films . Nolan is color blind to the colors of green and reid .