Didn't the Dark Knight already Rise?
By Jerry Saravia
|Thomas Hardy as Bane|
But can this third chapter really thrill people much and be a match for the first two? I sense that a big NO is in order. I've seen the trailer and it looks more like a demented sequel to "The Departed" than anything remotely like Batman. Bane and his gang look like terrorists (perhaps, again, by design) and there is some Occupy Gotham subplot that sounds silly. Hathaway's Catwoman looks just as witless as Halle Berry's version. Gone is the seductively sleazy trappings of Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman from twenty years ago. By the way, Pfeiffer was supposed to have her own "Catwoman" flick and it happened, but with the far less physically dominating presence of Halle Berry cast instead.
|Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman|
|Anne Hathaway as Catwoman|
I know, I know, I shouldn't judge a movie by the sheer ineptitude of a trailer ("Shutter Island's" icky horror movie trailer has no similarity to the actual movie). But I am not worked up or anticipating this sequel. It seems that Nolan should've ended it with the emasculation and impotence of Batman in "The Dark Knight." This is true of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," which ended the Terminator saga beautifully with no open-endedness. "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" was a schlocky yet diverting sequel, more like an unnecessary and repetitive footnote that negated part 2. I guess I don't want a Batman movie to be too political and too police procedural-like (heaven knows, there is enough of that on television alone). A Batman movie should be fun and energetic, just like "Batman Begins" or even Tim Burton's own 1989 flick. "The Dark Knight" was a downer and purposely so, with many invigorating scenes and first-class acting and lots of subtle political overtones. It was epic fun and blackly witty and it closed those two flicks with an ambiguous note. I will probably see "Dark Knight Rises" at some point and hope I am wrong, but DC Comics's strangest hero seems to be occupying Chris Matthew's "Hardball" more than DC Comics.