Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Why The Dark Knight Rises Will Be Fucking Awesome

When I first heard Heath Ledger died it was before The Dark Knight had even released.  It wouldn't be until I actually saw his performance as The Joker that I would fully grasp the shittiness of that situation.  Knowing that he'd never be able to reprise that epic role, and knowing that director Christopher Nolan had fully intended him to do so, my heart sank that the prospect of Nolan's Batman series continuing on without him.

There are very few details coming out about the plot of The Dark Knight Rises, mostly because the entire cast and crew is sworn to secrecy, but I've got this feeling that the film is going to be a perfect book-end to this three part series.

I admit that when I heard Bane would be the principle villain in the third installment, I wasn't too sure about that decision.  It's not because of his horrible portrayal in the Schumacher production of Batman and Robin, but it was because I just don't find the character all that interesting.  I mean, I can recognize that he is an interesting villain: he takes super steroids that exponentially increase his strength, but he's also supposed to have a genius level intellect.

But then again, I was doubtful when I first heard that Heath Ledger would portray The Joker.  I thought, "the kid from A Knight's Tale and The Patriot?  What the eff?"  Look how wrong I was to doubt.  Christopher Nolan seems to always pick just the right actor for whatever role he needs, and we've seen some stunning results.  I'm not familiar with Tom Hardy's work, but this imagining of Bane will likely be another amazing performance.

With all the high-octane performances in TDK, and with the notion of escalation that runs through this Batman series, we have to logically conclude that TDKR will only ramp up the action and the stakes.  Just by looking at the poster art, we can see that Gotham may actually get torn to pieces.  There have been hints of a prison break, and it might be Bane that leads Gotham's most wanted psychoes on a rampage.  The Joker broke the seal in terms of unleashing chaos and anarchy on the city, and now Gotham is probably reeling from all the havoc.

I'll take Anne Hathaway in skin-tight leather anyday.
I'm a big fan of Nolan's work.  If you've ever seen movies like The Prestige, you know that he's operating on an entirely different level than his contemporaries.  I'm sure we'll get much more exploration into the philosophy behind this little world he's crafted, and I'm positive that it's going to be a wild-ass ride.

Oh yeah, and it doesn't hurt that we get to see Anne Hathaway in a skin-tight, black leather get-up as Catwoman.

2 comments:

Harrison said...

The last Batman was an awesome film. The scene with the Joker hanging/floating upside down stewing in his own insanity was bittersweet knowing that Ledger was dead.

I hope the new movie is good.

Peter McCullough said...

The British "Riots" are a logical extension of the socialist welfare state sans the Soviet style iron fist and education system keeping these uncultured , uneducated neandrathals in their places. There are some marked differences between the cavemen and today's human debris who are causing havoc, wanton destruction and uncalled for misery to innocents in Jolly Olde England. The N's used body paint, C's (cretins)of today are tattooed, the N's ate large animals as well as practicing cannabalism, the C's eat at Mickey D's,the N's used primitive tools while today's C's use primitive tools. So then there isn't much difference, especially if the Mcdonalds burn to the ground since then cannibalism may very well make a comeback out of fundamental human necessity. We can't blame this one on the muslims since they are too smart too sack and pillage the very society responsible for keeping them on the public dole. The Kinks had it right, There Is No England Now, as evidenced by the London Police,who, after four days of burning, looting and beatings, threatened to use rubber bullets if these miscreants don't behave and play nice. The British are well ahead of us as we need a Katrina type happening before we burn, loot and kill for no reason.