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Dark Knight's future uncertain
The history of the caped crusader on TV and film has been a mixed bag of styles. We've seen the campy, cartoonish version starring Mayor West (Family Guy reference). Then in the late 1980s to early 1990s Tim Burton added a darker and serious tone to the franchise, which scared kids too much, according to film execs. You know, those guys in fancy suits who think they know what fans want despite not being fans themselves. The same guys who's super power is destroying everything fan boys hold dear.
So, then came along Joel Schumacher who tried his best to single-handingly destroy the Batman franchise by giving us Batman Forever and the cringe-inducing Batman and Robin (and Batgirl). Maybe it is just me, but does Alicia Silverstone have an distracting amount of facial hair in that film? As a man I like my women to have the nipples and the men to rock the 'staches! Just saying
But let's get back to real problem with Joel. The God awful, puke inducing dialogue. What could possible go wrong with such fantastic writing like:
Mr. Freeze: You're not sending ME to the COOLER!
Robin: I can't believe we were fighting over a bad guy!
Batman: Bad- Yes. Guy? No.
Robin: Well I'm totally over her, alright? Positively!
Batman: Me too! Definitely!
Batman: Great stems, though...
Robin: Buds, too.
Batman: Yeah, those were nice...
Good times .. good times. (insert your own sarcastic tone)
All seemed lost, Batman seemed doomed and too ashamed to ever leave the Batcave again. And then word starting spreading in the 2000s that Christopher Nolan, the director of Memento, and Christian Bale, the American Psycho, would be teaming up to resurrect the Dark Knight. Nolan's first two films of his trilogy, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, have been masterpieces and have set the benchmark for all other films based on comic books characters. Not too mention Health Ledger's brilliant performance as the Joker. The upcoming release of The Dark Knight Rises has me, along with the rest of the Batman universe twitching with anticipation. But I know once the finals credits start rolling my mind will begin to wonder, "what now?"
Who will pick up the cape and cowl now that Nolan and Bale are hanging up their Batsuits? And, more importantly, is it possible that we could be subjected to this, again?
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