I’m gonna start this piece with a statement that it’s taken me quite some time to admit to…I don’t see what all the fuss is about The Dark Knight. I didn’t think it was that good…
Nah, I’m just fucking with you!
The Dark Knight is actually one of my favourite films. Now I know that everyone says that, and that it’s a film that is pretty much universally loved. But when I say it’s one of my favourite films, I’m talking top 10. Top 10 films is really difficult with me, and I have to break it down into categories, Top 10 Drama films, Comedy films, Arnie films etc, but I can honestly say that Dark Knight is top 10, if not top 5, of overall films.
I can’t even put my finger on why I loved it as much as I did. I just thought it was perfect. Maybe it’s that one of my favourite actors, the criminally underused William Fichtner, is in it, even if for a ricidulously short amount of time. Any fans of his should definitely check out Drive Angry by the way, not a great film, but his performance is fantastic. Or maybe it’s that I have always, always had a thing for Maggie Gyllenhaal, telling people how beautiful she was from way back when, I’m talking Donnie Darko times, and in this film, she’s great Especially considering she replaces the travesty that is Katie Holmes. Or maybe it’s just that Christopher Nolan is a genius.
Anyway, the point of this is, that The Dark Knight Rises, the sequel to the Dark Knight, and the last remaining part of the trilogy before Batman is no doubt rebooted again, is coming out soon (I say soon, it’s pretty much a calendar year before it’s released…) and recently the first poster, and more importantly, first teaser trailer, have come out. All that the poster shows is Gotham, crumbling, from an amazing Inception-style worm’s eye view, and the trailer shows us that, well, it all ends here.
There’s a lot of stock footage reused from the earlier films, primarily Batman Begins, but Nolan uses the footage so well that you can barely tell it’s old stuff. The new footage is mainly just the absolutely fantastic Gary Oldman in a hospital bed, breathing through an oxygen mask, narrating the trailer, and a split-second view of Tom Hardy, who looks fucking unreal as Bane, if you’ll excuse my French.
Although it’s only a short trailer, just over 90 seconds in length, it tells us a lot about the film, and mainly how fantastic it’s going to be. And yet so much stuff is yet to be discussed. Is Ra’s Al Ghul returning? (I hope so, I’m a huge Liam Neeson fan!) And what of the new characters? Hollywood’s new star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a Gotham cop with a point to prove, if we believe what we’re told. Anne Hathaway, always stunning, as Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. And the returning favourites, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Lost alumnus Nestor Carbonell, reprising his role as the Mayor of Gotham, are all fantastic actors.
All in all, I absolutely can’t wait for this film. There’s great films coming out between now and then, but I don’t think any of them will compare to this. I can’t wait. And hopefully, if you’re still reading by this point, neither can you. If you are still reading this, sorry about the length! Oh and the cursing.