Friday, July 18, 2008

Guten Tag.20

Holy delayed update, Batman!

 

So like a select few hundred thousand nerdly Americans young and old across the country, I attended a midnight screening of The Dark Knight last night. By the time I got to the theater from work, it was already packed and people were throwing beach balls around in restless anticipation for the movie to start. Yes, there were a lot of Batmen in the crowd, but I saw more Jokers, and from my seat all the way at the top I could even spot a 60s era Robin down on the floor...who turned out to be my friend. But it was all good, since this movie was and is worth it. Go see it. 

It is the best Batman movie in existence. It has the best plot, the best characters, the best action, everything works. Heath Ledger owned Joker, and I would say almost stole the movie from Christian Bale. I used to love the animated 90s Batman tv series, and this movie evokes the grittiness and dark chemistry between Batman and Joker better than any other Batman movie. I knew I was going to love their characters, but Harvey Dent was the icing on the cake for me. Finally a realistic, fully realized Two Fa..I mean, Harvey Dent. He belongs in this movie, and it only works because of him. 

The only sad thing about this movie, is that I don't know what to be excited for in the next one. With the last movie, we were waiting on Joker, but now it could be anyone, and that's a little scary. I don't want to see the third movie suffer to a lame, minor villain that, sadly, the Batman universe is full of. Who would they reinvent? Riddler? Mr. Freeze? Poison Ivy? Penguin? I don't see how they'll fit into this franchise. I just think that they've already picked the best villains (Ra'as al Ghul, Joker), and they're going to have to write one heck of a story for the third movie. 



Alright. Nerd ramble completed. Go back to your lives.

p.s. I still need to see Hellboy 2. argh.

1 comment:

Andrew Wales said...

I completely agree with every word of your Dark Knight nerd rant. My own is here: http://andrewwales.blogspot.com/2008/07/dark-knight-returns.html

If they keep the same people in charge of the third movie, I think they could pull it off, regardless of the villain. They've got about 70 years of comics to choose from. There's gotta be another worthy villain in there somewhere. If they just avoid the campy approach, that's the key. Hey Mr. Freeze coulda been "cool" -- but not the way the Governator approached the role.

I enjoy every Guten Tag strip. Your personal commentary beneath each one is enjoyable as well. Keep up the good work!