The Dark Knight Rises
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ brought closure to Christopher Nolan’s vision of the Batman, which began with ‘Batman Begins’ and extended through ‘The Dark Knight.’ But it also created a gaping hole in the Batman landscape, as fans of the Caped Crusader wonder what they’re going to look forward to now that Nolan’s passion project has come to a close. We might have a suggestion.
Looking back on the 2012 summer movie season so far, it’s the superhero titles that are most notable, both in terms of box office and critical attention. And the big three, ‘The Avengers,’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ are all quite interesting in terms of their context within their respective franchises.
One is a new kind of sequel that intersects and interconnects four other series, and which will spawn a similarly extended sequel of its own; another is a mostly redundant reboot; and the last is the third installment in a contained trilogy that potentially could hatch a spin-off or prequel or some other kind of follow up that isn’t a direct continuation of the primary hero.
Following those films, we had a crazy idea for both the title and direction for Marvel mega movie’s sequel: ‘The Avengers Too.’
Since the box office numbers from last week were not formally released until after the weekend passed, we need to play a quick game of catch-up with 'The Dark Knight Rises.' The third and final of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies opened to $160 million, a number that is staggering, but not record breaking. Did it even stand a chance of breaking the $200 million mark and challenging 'The Avengers' for highest opening weekend of all time? Did the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado have an adverse effect on the opening gross? To that second question: yes. To that first question: no.
For casual fans of Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy, the thought of picking up a random Batman comic and getting into the entire 70-plus-year mythos can be a little intimidating. But if you us
I'm lucky. I'm lucky I get to write this, and I'm lucky you chose to read it. You like movies, and these have been a rough couple days for anyone who likes movies, because it's been a rough couple days for everyone. Last week, I filed a column about how 'The Dark Knight Rises,' with its big action and urban politics, wouldn't make a bad double bill with 'The Battle of Algiers.' And waking up Friday to the news, I didn't much care about that article or any article about Batman. I doubt you did either.
'The Dark Knight Rises' heralds the end of the summer film season as we leave the big blockbusters behind and look forward to the serious awards contenders of the fall and winter. But is Christopher Nolan's conclusion to the trilogy worthy of an Oscar, or are we taking our wishful thinking a little too seriously?
As victims of last weekend's horrible shooting tragedy in Aurora, Co. try and recover from their terrifying experience, one actor has taken it upon himself to visit those currently receiving care at a local Denver hospital. Christian Bale flew out to Denver to visit those affected by the shocking shooting that occurred just a few days ago.
The last several years have blessed us with plenty of superhero films, ranging from Marvel flicks like 'Iron Man' and 'Captain America' -- which led us to the ultimate superhero ensemble flick this summer with 'The Avengers' -- to the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, 'The Dark Knight Rises.' But men are the focus of each and every one of these superhero films -- when do the female superheroes get their time?