Reel to Real: ‘Dark Knight’ rises soon
“The Dark Knight Rises” comes out this July, apparently completing the trilogy of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies.
I still can’t believe it’s been four years since “The Dark Knight,” which was, in my opinion, one of the best action movies ever.
Did it get over-hyped?
Absolutely. You couldn’t get two feet in a mall without encountering posters, cut-outs and people who thought they were incredibly clever by saying “Why so serious?” every couple of sentences.
I went to see it in theaters three times, a record that stands to this day. And every time, the theater was packed. Part of it, I’m sure, had to do with the tragic legacy of Heath Ledger, and the rumors that he had immersed himself so fully in the role of the Joker that he went insane.
There’s also the fact that death always ensures a packed house and fond remembrances from people who couldn’t have cared less before he died.
That being said, Ledger knew how to act.
And no matter how over-hyped the movie was, there’s no denying that it was a solid and interesting piece without the craze.
Before Nolan’s adaptations, Batman movies and TV shows could not have been cheesier. I was in Tiger Reels a few days ago and “Batman and Robin” was playing.
I was only in there 10 minutes, and I wanted to throw a brick through the TV. George Clooney can get away with just about anything, but not Batman.
Nolan made his Batman movies as sleek and massive as Gotham itself, cast the perfect Bruce Wayne, and gave the movies enough romance to add another dimension to the stories without overwhelming it with gush.
That’s why I’m excited to see the final chapter in Nolan’s Batman story. He can nail the summer blockbuster while avoiding the pitfalls of lacking plot and casting based on looks rather than talent.