Jul 23, 2008
I’ve always been a Marvel comics guy, so I never got into Batman all that much. It was Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Punisher, Captain America, etc. Superman? He was completely irrelevant to me growing up. I still don’t get the attraction to Superman, and the recent remake was so bad I actually couldn’t get through it.
When the first Batman movie came out I was just out of high school, and I kind of dug it, but the second one was horrible. It was literally one of the five worst movies I’ve seen in a theatre. I don’t even remember the next couple of batman’s all that much, but I know this: whoever made them should be embarrassed after seeing the last two installments of the comic movie.
In case you were unaware, Director/Screenwriters Jonathan and Christopher Nolan have completely re-invented the franchise, and it’s good they did because Batman is totally bad-ass now. Not trying to be bad-ass, like in the other movies, he actually is, and the movies are as a whole. The first one was dark, and terrific. As for the new film, it’s off-the-charts in terms of overall entertainment. I love Spidey and the movies, but even though I totally understand how Spiderman was a nerd in the comics, I still have to favor a superhero who is a bad mo-fo, like Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne. The Dark Knight is the best superhero movie ever made, bar none. In fact, per the ratings on IMDB.com (my favorite site on the web, by the way), the Dark Knight is the #1 movie of all time with a rating of 9.5 stars out of 10. It’ll probably slip as the months and years go by, but that’s damn impressive.
I’m not going to do a full movie review here because that’s not exactly my thing, but I will say this: If you haven’t already, go see The Dark Knight…like tonight. The only issue I have with the two films is their choices of leading ladies. Katie Holmes in the first one could have ruined the movie, but it was so good otherwise. In the new one, it’s Maggie Gyllenhaal, who I do like a lot overall, but this was not a good role for her. For one, she’s like 30 yet looks 40, and she’s not overly attractive. She is in an artsy sort of way, but not in a Batman movie sort of way. She just wasn’t believable in this role for some reason. She’s just not a big-budget, action, leading lady type actress. Even though she’s getting older now, someone like Naomi Watts would have been more appropriate.
And finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Heath Ledger’s performance. Obviously, it’s gotten a lot of attention – and all of it is deserved. I like Jack Nicholson a lot, but Ledger’s performance as the joker destroyed Nicholson’s. There was something of a different spin on the characters, I suppose, but it doesn’t matter; Ledger blew Jack away. Mark it down now: Ledger will be awarded posthumously an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. That’s a done deal. They said Ledger would be remembered for his role in Brokeback Mountain? Bull-$hit.