The Dark Knight Rises

Everyone is getting over the "Avengers High" and getting into "Dark Knight fever", but I'm a little skeptical. The Dark Knight franchise has been awesome thus far and I honestly hope it continues. I don't want to drop over $45 watching a dud but I have a deep rooted fear that this might happen. I gonna list my reasons why I fear I might get conned

Christian Bale: Let's be honest...He sucks as Batman. The voice is ridiculous, Bruce Wayne has no character and the voice is ridiculous. IMO Bale has been the weak link in the franchise so far. The reason why his Batman hasn't been universally castigated is because we all still remember Clooney's Bat nipples. If we remove Batman and Robin from history then Bale's Batman would probably be the worst.

Supporting cast: This kinda ties into Christian Bale's Batman performance. The supporting cast for me has been carrying the Bat franchise. When there's no action going on Freeman, Caine and Oldman have been carrying the majority of the scenes. Honestly a cardboard box could be in a scene with Morgan Freeman and look like a genius. Morgan Freeman has been carrying lesser actors to Oscar nominations for decades. While not an indictment against the film, I don't think this film has the Major villains that will carry the film like The Dark Knight did.

Villains: Bane is cool as a comic book character...but even 1/100th as big a THE JOKER. I think we tend to forget what really made The Dark Knight awesome...Heth Ledger! Without Ledger it was a decent movie...but not nearly as big as it turned out to be. I don't wanna say "oh, no Joker, no movie" but I think the first two installments have made it pretty clear: The villains are really carrying this franchise. Batman is a prop in this series. Liam Neeson carried the first film and Ledger dominated the second. Can Tom Hardy do the same? Will Anne Hathaway command the same respect? I don't know!!!

Please, Please, Please be a good movie!!!! I want The Dark Knight Rises to be good but I am having some doubts. Am I warranted in these doubts or am I being unfairly pessimistic?

12 Comments
12 Comments
Edited by AweSam

Christian Bale's performance as Batman is spot on. No actor can actually perfectly portray their comic counterpart, so they do it their way with their own little twist and Bale does it perfectly. I don't what's wrong with the voice, do you want him to sound like a someone else or something? The idea was that Bale was supposed to voice Batman and he can only do a limited amount of voices. Supporting cast is fine. Great actors, great roles, and great performances. Heath Ledgers portrayal of the Joker was greatly over-exaggerated. He did an outstanding job, but he wasn't praised like a deity until he died. With or without Ledger, The Dark Knight was an amazing movie. How do you compare Bane to Joker? Joker gets his ass kicked on a daily basis. Bane, on the other hand, broke Bats back. In my opinion, this movie's going to be as good, if not, better than The Dark Knight. Your analysis is really off.

Posted by JediXMan

I must be the only person who didn't hate Bale's voice. Yeah, fine, Conroy is undoubtedly the best Batman, but I didn't mind Bale's voice. Only thing I was worried about with this movie was Hathaway as Catwoman, and that fear is slowly melting away.

Also, I don't think anybody questions why TDK was awesome. Heath Ledger is the best Joker, no contest. He stole the show.

Posted by InnerVenom123

@JediXMan said:

I must be the only person who didn't hate Bale's voice. Yeah, fine, Conroy is undoubtedly the best Batman, but I didn't mind Bale's voice. Only thing I was worried about with this movie was Hathaway as Catwoman, and that fear is slowly melting away.

You're not. The voice is a smart way for Bruce to disguise himself.

There were times when it was misused, but it's not a big deal.

Posted by Gambit1024

See, I didn't hate the Bale-Bat-voice, but I didn't love it either. I get why he does it, though... Still, it was inappropriate for quite a few scenes in TDK.

Now if he finds some middle-ground between the growl and the whisper, it'll be much better.

Posted by Night Thrasher

@Night Thrasher: As far as the villains go, it's not about if they beat Batman is how they draw us in. Ledger's Joker was amazing. You almost understood him (as much as you can understand a mentally unstable anarchist). He commanded scenes (why so serious?). My whole point wasn't really about Bale it's more about what's surrounding Bale. If you took Ledger out of The Dark Knight I don't think it's an amazing movie. It may still be a good movie, but definitely not a great movie. I really don't think Bane is going to be as commanding on screen as Joker was.

Posted by The Stegman

Whoa, whoa whoa..... 
 
 

I don't want to drop over $45 watching a dud 

@Night Thrasher:  
 
Why are you spending so much money to watch a movie?? tickets are only like 12 bucks max.
Posted by Night Thrasher

@The Stegman said:

Whoa, whoa whoa.....



I don't want to drop over $45 watching a dud

@Night Thrasher: Why are you spending so much money to watch a movie?? tickets are only like 12 bucks max.

Me, my girlfriend, popcorn, drinks, and probably nachos

Posted by The Stegman
@Night Thrasher:  
 


@The Stegman said:

Whoa, whoa whoa.....



I don't want to drop over $45 watching a dud

@Night Thrasher: Why are you spending so much money to watch a movie?? tickets are only like 12 bucks max.

Me, my girlfriend, popcorn, drinks, and probably nachos 

Well, see you can't blame all of that on Batman, those are just luxury items. Leave behind the popcorn, drinks, nachos and girlfriend...okay, take the nachos, and watch it alone like a true geek, save yourself some dinero.
Posted by Night Thrasher

@The Stegman: I was by no means blaming The Dark Knight...I going to join the Tea Party and blame Obama for the price of my Nachos!!!!

Posted by The Stegman
@Night Thrasher:  
 
It's the American way 
 
Posted by Night Thrasher

@The Stegman:

You D@mn right!
Posted by John Valentine

Heath Ledger did a great job, but everyone always overlooks the other great points about Dark Knight because of him.