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DarthoftheDead 7/27/2012 6:26:16 AM

 @fatpantz - Thank you, Sir!!! And I agree with you 1,000,000% about the Long Halloween(1 of the greatest B.M. stories of all time,IMO) and being spoiled and the rest, lol.

After seeing that warehouse full of Money in TDK, I thought thats exactly what we had coming, lol, cause, to me,  Nolan had an excellent grasp of B.M. and what we loved about him!!!

And, Dag Nab It, I wanted a SuperMan cameo!!!!!!!!

Snyder is gonna show Singer how it's done, lmao!!!!

millean 7/27/2012 6:53:12 AM

I hope Snyder does show Singer a thing or two.  While I didn't think Superman Returns was that bad of a movie, we still as of yet have not seen Superman be Superman on the big screen.  The Christopher Reeve movies have their place, but I think we are all ready for Kal-El to really throw down for once.

I think Snyder will deliver on that front, but I'm still worried that it won't be that good of a movie.  Ease my fears, Snyder!  :)


BunyonSnipe 7/27/2012 2:39:25 PM

Zsasz was played in BB by British singer/actor Tim Booth from the band, James...

DarthoftheDead 7/27/2012 3:27:32 PM

@Millean - Agreed, Sir, lol, Although there was'nt much to see in the Superman trailer, it rocked!!! 

Snyder wont let us down, lol....

@BunyonSnipe - Thanks for the info confirmation, Dude!!!!!

DarthoftheDead 7/27/2012 3:29:24 PM

@Millean - Brrrr -lmao, I get chills thinking of a BAD ASS Superman, lol, Batsy better keep his head down, lol...

keithdaniel 7/27/2012 10:42:16 PM

I finally got around to seeing here...we...GO!!!

I agree with Rob in that it wasn't quite as great as BB or TDK, however, it was still an excellent movie!!  The first part of the movie, aside from Bane and his men capturing the scientist during the plane scene, there wasn't much exciting that happened.  But I understand why that was; they were building up the story and establishing the scenario and the characters.  This movie also had some good lines and humor that I liked.

Speaking of the story, I liked the idea that it was 8 years later with Batman retired and Bruce Wayne had become a mysterious recluse.  Especially with a rising villianous power like Bane on the rise, it gave the film a sense of dread about what Batman was going to be coming up against.  The idea of the elite being overcome by criminal elements who rise and take over I admit isn't new but I liked the way director Chris Nolan does it here, especially in a time where Wall Street has lost more credibility then ever and the worldwide financial crisis has taken place.  Yes, the idea of another terrorist from the league of shadows wanting to bring about Gotham's destruction was from BB, no kidding, however, that was done in order to bring the movie back "full circle" so I don't see that as a flaw.

I thought the Bat was an excellent idea even though it was likely inspired, at least in part by the spinner cars from Blade Runner.  The effects for that as well as the stunts with the batcycle were very well done to say the least!!  I was very happy with the action scenes overall.  The fight scenes between Batman and Bane may not have been the most elaborate ever seen, however, they more than did the trick.  The first fight showing that Batman was outclassed because he'd been out of the game too long and the second fight showing that he'd not only learned from their first fight but fought more out of desperation and was more resourceful.

Concerning the characters, I thought Christian Bale was as excellent a Batman/Bruce Wayne as he was in the first two films.  Trying to find his place in the world in his retirement after 8 years while a side of him was itching to come back as BM.  When he does, he realizes that not only has the world changed but he has, which makes him fall further down than he ever imagined, especially after confronting Bane.  For those that were whining about how miscast or bad Anne Hathaway was going to be as Catwoman...YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION TO EAT YOUR CROW!!!!!  LOL!!!!  She was terrific bringing much depth to the role.  She had a sense of desperation, selfishness, wit, strength, charm, and humor to the role.  Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon again proves what a wonderful character actor that he is and I'm glad that Nolan and his people gave him a real role in this series and not just a token one in previous versions of that character.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt also did a really fine job here as John Blake.  He showed not only a strength and determination to confront criminals but the heart to help those in need.  Tom Hardy was an excellent Bane and despite the fuss that many keep making here about how hard it supposedly is to hear what he's saying, I don't agree!!  Maybe some of you need your hearing checked or perhaps I've seen a different movie but aside from one or two brief moments, I had no problem hearing what Bane was saying.  He was an interesting mix of ruthless killer, terrorist, mercenary and conquerer, who wanted to wipe out Gotham, for he saw it as a sort of modern day Sodom and Gomorah. 

Are there any faults or things I would've done differentIy with TDKR?  Perhaps.  I agree with a few others who've stated that the Harvey Two-Face character was a squandered opportunity that could've been used for this movie, although that would've changed the story in a major way.  As mentioned before, the fight scenes between BM and Bane were decently done, but they could've been more epic in scale, certainly longer.  I also would've had Batman take out another villian at the beginning before leaping forward 8 years.

It's been a week now so I'm OK with spoilers at this point!!!  SPOILERS!!!!!!

Finally, I love the ending of TDKR, with the John Blake character being revealed as having another name, his real one...Robin and inheriting the Batcave!!!  Also with BM/Bruce Wayne having staged his death and starting over with Selina Kyle overseas and seen by Alfred, who had stated earlier in the movie that one day he had hoped he would see Bruce with a new life was also great!  Despite how it ended and also that Bale had previously stated that he wouldn't do any BM movie that had Robin in it, it would be an interesting idea if that were to happen.  Creatively speaking, I can see a new trilogy where Batman is training John Blake to be Robin and take over the mantle.

I can say with much certainty that TDKR is an excellent sequel, more than worthy of inclusion with the previous two, and even if it isn't as great as they were, it's still in great company!!  Highly recommended!!

keithdaniel 7/28/2012 12:15:46 AM

BTW, Batman does deliver a big kick to Bane near the end!!!

DarthoftheDead 7/28/2012 4:12:41 PM

@keithdaniels - What do you think we should do?????

Lex0807 7/29/2012 4:55:35 AM

 Tonight I am finally going to watch it, and then I can finally read these posts. Wish me luck! Something tells me I might get disappointed.

keithdaniel 7/29/2012 9:03:27 AM

Lex, if your expectations are too high then yeah, you may be.

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