My introduction to the Dark Knight was through The Lego Movie, where he is anything but dark (even though he only works in black…and sometimes very dark grey). Emmet and Wyldstyle and Vitruvius took up almost all of my attention in that flick – Batman was good for a few laughs, but not much more.
Then, two things happened:
1) Adam West died, which (briefly) brought the attention of the entire internet, myself included, to Batman.
2) My brother bought The LEGO Batman Movie.
Because of the feels I felt while watching The LEGO Movie, I was kinda expecting/hoping that TLBM would move me emotionally, amidst all the jokes and sight gags, and it totally did. Yes, it was one of the funniest movies I’ve ever watched (still makes me laugh out loud – literally), but there were also hints that, in a more serious movie, Batman would be really, really epic/heartbreaking. And I’d wanted to watch the BatBale films for a while.
THEN my brother bought Batman Begins. (He buys everything these days.) And I watched it. And loved it. And loved Batman. (He’s now my second favorite super-hero – after Captain America.) Before Batman Begins, I’d only seen Christian Bale in Newsies and Little Women, and I really dug seeing him in such a dramatic role. It’s not like I have a serious crush on him, or anything, but I was really impressed.
My siblings and I decided to skip The Dark Knight (at least for now) because the Joker is freaky. Really freaky.
I bought The Dark Knight Rises at Giant Tiger a couple days later. And, well, I didn’t like it as much as Batman Begins because, y’know, Batman is hardly in it at all. Neither is Bruce Wayne, for that matter. Anne Hathaway was great, as usual, with her portrayal of Catwoman. I’ve really enjoyed Anne Hathaway in everything I’ve seen her in, and TDKR continued that tradition.
Anyway, what this post is trying to say is that, while Batman may have his flaws (just like his movies), exploring this facet of the DC-verse has been amazing so far. (Also, I’ve discovered that I have a weird fascination with Scarecrow, but I absolutely promise that it’s nothing like my crush on Ben Wade. I AM NOT CRUSHING ON HIM.)
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