Batman. The Caped Crusader. The Dark Knight.
It doesn’t matter what you call him, the guy brings a lot to the table. And thanks to a few good connections and a whole lot of lucky bounces, I found myself walking into TDKR two and a half days before it comes out in theaters. With expectations high I buckled in for what I can only describe as, a thrill ride.
In my circles, the hype over the movie has come to a fever pitch. I’ve already been bombarded by desperate requests for me not to spoil the ending in this post. By any means I wish to entice the appetite and not to taint the surprise.
Coming into the film I had a few concerns. Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman was an odd choice in my mind. Catwoman in general seemed almost forced into the movie just for the sake of having the character in there. It seemed like the had come to a decision a long time ago that they couldn’t have a Batman trilogy and not have Catwoman make an appearance.
From what I’ve heard, other people share the same worries.
Thankfully, the addition of Catwoman in TDKR doesn’t conflict with the feeling the first two movies have already set in place. Hathway plays a double-crossing, romantic, thief with a fierce self motivated demeanour. It provides an interesting contrast to the “city comes first” mentality that Batman exudes. In the end, the relationship gives meaningful insight and logical plot points to the film. Moving on.
Bane, a character I’d never even heard of before seeing the first TDKR trailer, blew my mind. Finally, a menacing villain who exhibits equal parts brawn and brain. He represents a formidable foe, smart as the Riddler, but as mighty as Killer Croc. Bane, like all those before him, passionately encompassed by his belief in the cause at hand, is terrifying. His heavy-handed, brutally violent approach is made even more disturbing by the contrite eloquence of his dialogue. Bane is a chess-master, existing only to manipulate the board to his will, thinking fifteen moves ahead.
Batman, our misunderstood hero, eight years removed from the events of the second movie. Has changed. Grief, anger, passion, regret, and a deep-seeded sense of duty are all so perfectly articulated. The terrors of the unseen side of a hero have caught up with him. I could write entire articles on it, but nothing would compare to seeing the film.
Christopher Nolan is a genius.
Stay Thirsty My Friends,