Monday, July 21, 2008

Knight of the Bat

Well superheroes and superheroines, it it now official, this past weekend Gotham’s Dark Knight dethroned Marvel’s corporate icon. That’s right. Batman’s latest film topped 155 million for its opening weekend, finally toppling Spider-Man 3 from the top of the heap.

This is more than just another superhero blockbuster summer thriller, this is a seminal event in both the lives of the characters as well as in movie making. Let’s stay away from the tragic death of its co-star Heath Ledger for the moment, and look at what we have. This is a roller coaster ride of epic proportions. not just a bad guy who robs a bank and is put down by a costumed vigilante this is a labyrinthine thriller the kind of which that are — generally speaking — reserved for films not so filled with men dressed in spandex.

What makes this film work so well is that not only is this The Batman, but it is also The Joker. Not the cackling Cesar Romero character nor even the (admittedly) more malevolently Jack Nicholson version, but this creep was downright chilling. He was no madman, but a preternaturally calm, and incredibly lucid figure. The film offers no origin for The Joker, preferring to go with the Joker’s own ever-shifting story of who (and what) he is. All the better.

Plus, the best parts of this film are the trailers. It is with this film that not only do we get an extended look at The Spirit, as well as a first look at Watchmen. And what could be cooler than that?

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