Batman on the Big Screen Part II
The Nolan Trilogy
This is the Batman origin story we all deserved. Gone are the days of neon lights in Gotham City. Gone are the days of Bat nips and campy humor. Here we get a dark realistic version of Batman. As a matter of fact, if anyone remembers, in the very first teaser trailer, we had no idea it was even a Batman movie until the Bat symbol popped up at the end. I loved this movie!! The story was very well written and executed. From the time Bruce was a boy to the time he started training up til the point he donned the cape and cowl. The main gripe I had was the pronunciation of Ra’s Al Ghul…it’s pronounced Ray-eesh, not Ras. I loved the fact that Ducard was mentioned although in the comics, he was a thief that had a major influence in teaching Bruce the element of the criminal mind and not really Ras in disguise, but because of the time restraints of a movie, I understand why they did what they did. I have to admit, the first time I saw the tumbler, I wasn’t thrilled with it, but the more I saw it, the more I liked it. Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox was dead on. Then again almost everything Morgan Freeman does is awesome. It was also nice to have the Scarecrow as one of thr msin villains since hes a relative unknown in the cinematic universe and Cilian Murphy did such a great job instilling fear into the hearts of thr people of Gotham. Christian Bale was a great Batman and pretty good Bruce Wayne as well. I do think Keaton was better, but it was close and that’s just my opinion. Also, the voice is something that will be made fun for decades to come, but given the tempo of the movie, it worked. Overall, this was a fantastic way to get that horrible taste Schumacher left in our mouths and I have to say, I love the last line in the movie where Gordon says “I never said thank you” and Batman replies with “and you’ll never have to”. I love that line.
The Dark Knight
What can I say….this movie was AMAZING…from the opening segment with the Joker robbing the mafia bank to the end of Gordon saying “he’s a watchful protector, a silent guardian, a dark knight” and everything in between, this movie was just a beautiful ride. Gotham City knows about the Batman, whether him being an urban legend to normal citizens dressing up as Batman and dispensing their own brand of Bat justice. Batman doesn’t like other people taking the law into his own hands, because he’s not wearing hockey pads. In Begins, the Scarecrow was able to escape to be captured in the opening minutes which brought closure. Enter the Joker…what can I say. The late Heath Ledger played this particular version of thr Joker to perfection. My friends know I’m a HUGE Batman fan and a lot of them asked me who was the better Joker, Nicholson or Ledger. My answer is always the same. The Joker has changed throughout comic history and both actors played their version of the Joker equally as wonderful.
Ledger lived thr part. You believed that he wanted to restore order and chaos by doing everything he did and nobody but The Batman would be able to stop him, but even he would have a really difficult time as he had to question his own sanity and whether or not he would have to break his 1 rule of not killing when it came to The Joker. I loved the fact that Joker changed his origin story to different people since there has never been the definitive Joker origin story. Harvey Dent makes his presence felt as Gothams white knight. The new D.A. that is trying to clean up Gotham and do what Batman cant. To reduce crime within the law. He’s able to start the cleanup process but the Joker makes him question everything he believes in and succeeds by not only almost killing him, had Batman not been there to save him notwithstanding half of Harveys face being burnt from thr explosion, but killing his would be fiancée, thr woman that Bruce Wayne also loves, his childhood friend, Rachel Dawes. This drives Harvey over the edge and along with his face transformation, his mind transforms as well and we get an awesome, realistic looking Two-Face…a Two-Face that looks and acts much different than the sideshow joke of a Two-Face we got from Batman Forever. Batman is able to defeat the Joker by showing him that humanity is not about chaos, but has to inadvertently kill Two-Face by spearing him off a ledge. Harvey did leave behind a killing spree that Batman takes the blame for knowing that if the people of Gotham found out that their white Knight was responsible, it would undo all of the good he did while in office.
The Dark Knight Rises
What is it about superhero movies and trilogies? The first two movies are normally good to great movies, but when that 3rd movie hits, it’s a huge let down. The same can be said about TDKR. I was really disappointed with thr story and plot. Bruce Wayne would never go 7 years without being Batman. He is Batman, Bruce Wayne is his mask. Also, why can’t anyone do Bane justice? Bane is a super intelligent, hired assassin. B&R got the costume right for the most part, but made him a brainless lackey. TDKR made him smart, but there was no venom and his costume was just…plain. Also Talia….oh how they butchered Talia character. They turned her into just a basic vengeful daughter of Ra’s when she’s so much more and not tat heartless. I will say that Anne Hathaway interpretation of Catwoman was great, even though she was never called Catwoman in the movie. Alfred turned into kind of a whiney bitch telling Bruce he doesn’t want him to be Batman anymore which he would never nag him like that…and actually left Wayne Manor. WTF! John Blakes character was a character that didn’t even need to be there and the fact that his real name was Robin, actually pissed me off that much more. I did like that they included Bane breaking Bruce back a la the Knight fall saga, but the way he “healed” from a broken back was a definite head slapper. Once Batman defeats Bane and Talia, he fakes his own death and lives happily ever after with Catwoman (Selinda Kyle)? Again WTF?! Like I said earlier, Bruce Wayne is Batman, he NEEDS to be Batman. I’m guessing since this was supposed to be a trilogy, they wanted to give us the “and they love happily ever after” ending, but anyone that knows even a little bit about Batman, knows he doesn’t love happily ever after. Again, it was a huge disappointment.
I’m sorry I didn’t give a more detailed summary of every movie, but I didn’t want to write a book. I hope you enjoyed my Batman reviews and as I stated before, I’m going to write more articles, but not everything will be Batman related. I just wanted to do a Batman history since the Batman V Superman movie is coming out soon. Thank you for reading and you’ll be hearing from me again soon. Please let me know what you think of my articles and you can be honest, but please be respectfully honest. Thanks again everyone