It can’t have failed to escape visitors to ClaratsiMovieblog that I am very much looking forward to this summer’s latest Batman instalment, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.
Batman has been cast out and gone underground after the events of 2008’s ‘The Dark Knight’ and on July 20th Batman returns to battle superhuman ‘Bane’ as he begins a campaign of terrorism on Gotham City.
This week I watched ‘The Dark Knight’ once more and reviewed it here as one of my all-time top ten movies. I have great expectations and a little worry or two for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and I hope beyond hope that it is not going to disappoint.
Call it sad, but the closing of Christopher Nolan’s Bat trilogy represents to me, and I am sure to many modern Batman fans much more than just the end of one bat chapter. Batman for many is the Ultimate ‘Hero’, notice how I omit the word ‘Super’, Batman is not ‘Super’ allowing all to relate to him and regard highest amongst all heroes. Nolan has presented this trait superbly in his two outings so far.
Nolan’s saga it is the greatest and most faithful interpretation of the modern bat story yet and has elevated ‘hero’ movies beyond a narrow genre, into something far more real and has created expectation in turn. As recalled in my review of ‘The Dark Knight’ Nolan created in both movies so far, a feeling of reality that made them feel as if they were not even ‘hero’ movies anymore, but something far more important and relevant to real world events.
Can Nolan close with an Epic third instalment and create a rare perfect trilogy of Dark Knight Movies’?
My hunch (and hope) is yes, here’s why?
- Nolan hasn’t made a bad film yet.
- He somehow managed to better ‘Batman Begins’ going more epic.
- Nolan likes his ‘6 degrees of separation’ – working with returning cast members and previous collaborators on other movies, the actors know him and he knows them, getting the best out of each other. That can only be a positive.
- The same cast members are returning from ‘The Dark Knight’, with the addition of Tom Hardy, who can’t do now wrong right now and looks immense as ‘Bane’.
- Christian Bale, the best Batman and Bruce Wayne yet, and an Oscar winner since his last Bat outing, is now confirmed as one of the best actors of his generation.
- It looks set to be a deep, dark final chapter? If it is closely based on the ‘Knightfall’ series of comics then expect Batman to be tested like never before.
- More Epic scale set pieces.
- As with many finales, it’s likely to go out on a big bang.
Notes of caution:
- Can ‘Bane’ no matter how imposing, really match Batman’s ultimate historic nemesis, The Joker? The power of ‘The Dark Knight’ was The Joker and where he took Batman, not to mention Heath Ledger’s iconic performance. Can it possibly be matched?
- It will have two villains with Cat woman set to appear. This hasn’t always worked as each villain detracts from the other, it creates a tricky balancing act in giving both screen time.
- The unmistakable fact that third movies are rarely as good as what came before. All the proverbial ‘stops’ need to be pulled out to somehow equal The Dark Knight.
All of this said I am going to go with my hunch and my heart and say that The Dark Knight Rises is going to be the greatest blockbuster of the summer and is going to close Nolan’s Batman Trilogy masterfully and appropriately, ready for the next custodian of the franchise when a sure reboot takes place in the very near future.
Rumour is Nolan is signed for a reboot as producer and writer, even though not returning as director, this is still comforting news.
If you have not already seen the Trailer (where have you been?) here it is