If you're not excited for the opening of The Dark Knight Rises then I can only assume that it's because you haven't seen Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, or both. And if you haven't seen them, do yourself a favor and check them out. There are no pansy ass nipple costumes, lame ass one liners, or homoerotic laden sidekicks in this trilogy and for that, Mr. Nolan, we thank you. Over and over again. What Nolan has done with this trilogy has firmly set the bar for all other superhero movies. That’s a bold statement, I know, but I don’t think I’m wrong. I didn’t give Batman Begins much credit when it was released in 2005 and certainly didn’t pay to see it in the theater. My brother told me it was awesome, but I take his opinions with a grain of salt. It wasn’t until I watched the latter half of … Begins on F/X one dreary summer day a couple of years later (with commercials interlaced throughout) that it occurred to me that this wasn’t just another lame addition to what that bastard Joel Schumacher did. It was something more, something much, much more. After watching, I immediately demanded that my brother let me borrow his DVD copy. Once I completed it from start to finish, sans commercials, I was in awe.
So you can imagine my excitement for later tonight. The Dark Knight absolutely thrilled me and while I admittedly don’t think this final installment will be as good, I’m sure it will be a hell of a closer to the intense work that Nolan, Christian Bale, and everyone else has done for this trilogy of films. I’m not looking forward to Batman being rebooted again (of course it will happen), but at least I’ll have these three films to fill my Dark void. I feel this representation of Batman will stay with me for the rest of my days. And I am totally okay with that.
Enjoy your weekend folks and show some love at your local theater. Check out … Rises as I’m sure one of us Hatchers will have plenty to say about it in the near future.