The Good, the Bad and the Terrible.
I have always been a massive Batman fan, from comic to screen in all its incarnations with the irredeemable exception of the camp crap-fest that was Batman & Robin. Seriously…nipples on the Batsuit and the Terminator on ice-skates…need I say more?
Want to see me make them dance?
In fact, I watched Batman & Robin hidden behind a pillow whilst every few minutes muttering to myself like an Arkham in-patient “Dear god, why?” Joel ‘Schmuck-macher’ what were you thinking? The Batsuit as a metaphor for a full body condom WTF! Okay, moving away from that potential endless rant onto what I want to talk about…
I thought the incarnations of Batman in the Burtonverse had their charm – you’ve got to love a bit of Christopher Walken and Jack Nicholson. Plus it is hard to resist Burton’s blend of gothic fairytale style mixed in with his quirky humour.
Dont’ ask me…AGAIN…about the hair!
But, as much as I enjoyed his instalments, it was Nolan’s films that really did it for me. Christian Bale’s gravel voiced Batman desperately in need of a throat sweet and a shit load of revenge worked great as the caped crusader.
I hope Alfred has some Throaties for me when I get home.
He managed the duality of his role as suave playboy Bruce Wayne and his menacing cowl wearing alter ego. Not to mention the outstanding performances put in by the likes of Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson (though it would have been better if he could have had a little bit more to play with) and probably most significantly Heath Ledger who, let’s face it, rocked it off the screen as the Joker.
Nolan’s guiding hand and superior direction moulded these films into exactly where I wanted Batman to be – with even Batman a little bit confused on what side of the fence of justice he is truly on. Nolan’s use of cinematography reflected the stark darkness menacing the streets of Gotham and to prove that he is not a one trick pony he simultaneously utilised all of the tools of his trade to build complex, heavy textured characters that you grow to love, hate, envy and want to be. To say that I am looking forward to his next instalment is a definite understatement.
I wonder how many of the Inception cast I can put in the next movie?