The Dark Knight: More than a hot guy in a tight suit… or is it?

By: Emily Kellas

The first time I saw a trailer for The Dark Knight I remember thinking, “great another one, but at least this one has Heath Ledger.” Little did I know what a departure this film would be from every other Batman film. A film person’s equivalent to a breath of fresh air, especially after the plastic nippled George Clooney years (though I am not complaining), Dark Knight captured my attention unlike any superhero film before it. With The Dark Knight Rises opening in theaters Friday my tune has changed to “great another one! And this one has Joseph Gordon Levitt!” What can I say the appeal of a handsome man is something that never changes.

Christian Bale, although admittedly not one of my favorite actors of all time, does make a fantastic Batman, BUT, for me, it is the supporting actors that really made The Dark Knight, and pose to make The Dark Knight Rises, a phenomenal film. In The Dark Knight it was clear that Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, brought the film into its mega blockbuster status, not to mention entering it into pop culture land for decades to come. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent and eventually Two-Face, along with Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman round out a cast whose individuals talents combined told you it was going to be a well-crafted picture. As the black winged hero makes his return this week the Rises cast promises to bring just as much excitement, and vigor as its predecessor with the acting chops of Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, the return of Oldman, Freeman, Caine and of course Bale. But I remain skeptical that even such an obviously talented cast can outweigh the loss of Ledger, although anything will be better then Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.

So this week as you make the mad dash to the theater and sit down at the packed midKnight screenings try to remember how far the franchise has come, and rejoice that we shall never again have to live through a Michael Keaton Batman. Hallelujah!

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