On the set for Batman Begins. The shoot took more than four months, which is a long time even for a blockbuster. In order for Christopher Nolan to have a hand in every shot, the film had to do away with the custom of filming more than one scene at once.
The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy, a new book by Jody Duncan Jesser and Janine Pourroy, tells the behind-the-scenes story of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises—complete with never-before-seen images. TIME gives you a sneak peek here