Fresh off of seeing The Dark Knight Rises, I race to my 8-year old self to tell him that I liked it, that he was right, and that I was worried for no reason. When I get to that place in my psyche, though, I find that my 8-year old self is not very happy.
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Over the weekend, people scrambled to find explanations for the shooting in Aurora, and one cop who wasn’t even there decided to draw allusions to media affect.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly was quoted as saying “He has his hair painted red. He said he was the Joker, obviously the enemy of Batman.”
Keep in mind, the only person saying that the killer called himself The Joker is the commissioner of the New York Police Department, which is nowhere near Aurora Colorado. And also, The Joker has green hair.
Editor’s Note: Out of sensitivity to those affected by the shooting in Aurora, we’ve delayed publication of this review until today. We hope that our readers are not offended by our endorsement of what we feel is a film that can and should be appreciated outside of the context of the actions of a mentally ill mass murderer.
The release of the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has been overshadowed by a tragic spree shooting in Colorado. When I arrived at the theater for a matinee showing today, the place was less than a quarter full . . . and it remained that way. People were also clustered near the rear of the theater, and a somber and weird overall atmosphere pervaded the place. And, okay, I’ll admit it, I was feeling a bit irrationally paranoid sitting there as well. It was not a typical blockbuster opening day.
As for the film itself, The Dark Knight Rises is a worthy final chapter in the series that should please both casual fans and comics readers like myself. While I would argue it is the least successful of the three films, and there are some weaknesses I’ll get to below the cut (where moderate spoilers lie), it is still extremely well-put together as we’ve come to expect from Nolan, and it ties up the trilogy neatly (but not too neatly). Read More »
I was listening to my boy Rush Limbaugh the other day, and he hit on an interesting point:
“So this evil villain in the new Batman movie is named Bane. And there’s discussion out there as to whether or not this was purposeful and whether or not it will influence voters. A lot of people are going to see the movie. And it’s a lot of brain-dead people – entertainment, the pop culture crowd – and they’re going to hear Bane in the movie and they’re going to associate Bain… And the thought is that when they’re going to start paying attention to the campaign later in the year and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, not Bain Capital but Romney and Bain, that these people will start thinking back to the Batman movies: ‘Oh yeah, I know who that is!’”
I couldn’t believe it! I’ve been a huge Batman fan for over 30 years, and Bane has been my favorite villain since he premiered back in ’93. But it never occurred to me that the character was devised as anti-Romney propaganda. And here’s how it happened.