Sunday, 13 February 2011
fabled idiot at the movies: 2 batman
if you read his blog you will probably know that my brother is a big batman fan, as a consequence my knowing of the caped crusader is larger than the average citizen but a lot less than a comic nerd and today i'm going to give my half educated opinion of the big screen batman
im going to move quickly over the 1940's Theatrical serials the Batman(1943) & Batman & Robin: (1949) because i haven't seen them (yet) but i do think it worth mentioning the batcave was introduced by the 1943 serial and didn't appear in the comic until 1944 (i am getting some of this from wiki-p so don't take it as gospel)
so we come to Adam West and Burt Ward camping it up in Batman - The Movie(1966) a continuation of the 1960s television series. ok it's not darks and edgy but it's a movie that is comfortable with what it is and doesn't not mind making jokes at its own expense.
in 1989 Batman got darker and Tim Burton put the goth in to Gotham City. making the dark and gloomy city as bigger part of the movie as any of the characters.
Tim Burton returns with Batman Returns which in my opinion is one of those rare sequels that is beter then it predecessor but the movie franchise started slipping down hill with Batman Forever with Joel Schumacher taking the directing chair from Burton now the producer and Val Kilmer replacing Michael Keaton in the cape and cowl, this film wasn't too-bad but had lost a lot of the darkness of the first two. and after seeing Jim Carrey in films like The Cable Guy and The Number 23 i can't help thinking they got the wrong performance out of the right actor.
then there is Batman And Robin and i don't know where to start with the list of faults. so why not start with the title it not the biggest issue in the world but i find it a bit odd naming the film after two of the three heroes (poor little batgirl : (
moving on to two big problems in every sense of the words Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the most emotional actor meant to be in lover cryogenically preserve terminally ill woman, and Bane(Jeep Swenson) how in the movie is a brainless muscle man (sound like anyone) mindlessly following Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) far from the comic were bane masterminded a brake-out at Arkham Asylum in order to exhaust batman determined his secret identity then broke his back leaving Bruce Wayne paraplegic.
if they need some muscle for Poison Ivy maybe it would of been better to have Arnold Schwarzenegger play a character like Amygdala.
in 2005 Christopher Nolan grabbed the badman etch-a-sketch and gave it a damn good shake with Batman Begins now with the mantle of the Bat now passing to Christian Bale for a detailed origin story which sees the tone of the movie alter as Bruce Wayne becomes the batman. if i had to pick a hole in this film it would be Gotham looking just like any city but this would be just picky as it doesn't distract from the story and it was only after the credits had rolled i even thought about it.
The Dark Knight got a shade darker and sees Heath Ledger as the Joker in a performance that blew Jack Nicholson's purple suit off, and that took some doing. instead of cluttering the move with a joker origin back story we cut get right to the action and stick with it hardly noticing the two-face(Aaron Eckhart) origin weaved in
up next will be The Dark Knight Rises and i have to say already i don't like the title, didn't the Dark Knight Rise in batman begins? but The Dark Knight Rises will see Bane back on the big screen being play by Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway cast as Catwoman's Alter ego Selina Kyle