First, a moment of silence for the fallen. My heart goes out to them, their friends and family for this heartbreaking tragedy caused by the senseless actions of a madman.
I finally saw The Dark Knight Rises today.
IT WAS FUCKING EPIC.
The entire Dark Knight trilogy is perfection. I love Christopher Nolan's vision of Batman and the way he adapted the characters into his Dark Knight universe. I wept tears of joy and sadness that this was the last of Nolan's Bruce Wayne.
When you put all three movies together: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises. It's just vastly superior than any of the comic book movie franchises in the world. HANDS DOWN THE BEST. No other can even compare. I AM SO FUCKING GLAD BATMAN FINALLY RECEIVED THE RESPECT, ATTENTION, AND INTERPRETATION he deserved, thanks to Nolan's cinematic masterpieces. I have always loved Batman and have always considered the DC Animated Universe by Bruce Timm/Paul Dini to be one of the BEST Batman interpretations, but Nolan's is definitely sitting up there with their's now.
What's more to say about Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman that hasn't already been said? Fucking perfect. I love his badboy Bruce Wayne billionaire, to his emotionally tormented Bruce Wayne, to his brawls-out smarter-than-you Batman. He's not super snarky, but he is when he needs to be. "So that's what it feels like." And I LOVE. FUCKING LOVE that his Batman doesn't whine about the "responsibilities" or "burdens" placed on his shoulders of protecting his city. He fucking takes on the criminals like a boss and welcomes delivering them his pain.
Cillian Murphy as the Scarecrow. Dr. Crane isn't here right now, but if you'd like to make an appointment ... I love how he was in all three movies. I fangirled when he showed up. I love his uppity snark. And my Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon. Heart and soul of the trilogy, ilu. Thank you!
Then there's the new cast. Can I just say that I fucking love that nearly HALF of the Prison Break cast has been used in these movies?! Like where do I start? Off the top of my head, there was William Fichtner in the Dark Knight, and then there was Reggie Lee, Robert Wisdom, and Wade Williams in the Dark Knight Rises. Oh and special shout out to Games of Throne vet, Aiden Gillian. Goodbye Littlefinger, we hardly knew ye. and lol I just realized Joffrey was in Batman Begins.
Anne Freaking Hathaway. ilu, always have. One of my girlcrushes up there with Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron, and Rachel Weisz. I admit, my expectations weren't that high, even though I love Anne Hathaway as an actress and thought physically she fit the role of Selina Kyle, but I held Michelle Pfeiffer's rendition of Selina Kyle as the cinematic pinnacle of all Catwoman renditions, so I was blown away and very pleased with Anne Hathaway's version of Selina Kyle and Nolan's interpretation of Catwoman. Without spoiling anything, biotch was fucking flawless. FLAWLESS. So much sass, a girl's gotta eat. I knew I always liked you more than Bruce's other main squeeze. Oh and Catwoman on the Batpod was kickass.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake. Heart and soul of the movie, I freaking love you and your dapper, bratty Mr. Smartypants self. I fangirled so hard at the ending. Words cannot express how happy I was. Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Without spoiling anything too much, all I can say was, I kinda saw that coming, but I'm not impressed with Marion. She was blah in this movie until the end. But I fucking love the plot twist, really should have seen that one coming, but didn't piece it together until the last moment.
And Tom Hardy as Bane. I have to say, Heath Ledger as the Joker in the Dark Knight was vastly superior as a villain and as an actor, but I thought Bane was a pretty menacing villain. Not necessarily my favorite (that still belongs to the Joker), but he was pretty scary. I was seriously frightened during certain parts of the movie like I was with the Joker. The Joker just wants to see the world burn. Bain wanted the world to experience pain. Tom Hardy is a good looking man and I seriously respect how he physically changed himself to be Bane. His eyes were scary and expressive, even if he was a little on the short side. I kinda wish they had used a better method to deliver the audio for his voice, because I had a bit of a tough time understanding what he was saying sometimes. But those are just small nitpicks. Also, can I give another small shout out to Josh Stewart for appearing as Deadshot, I've had a soft spot for him since his D!rt days.
After The Dark Knight, my expectations were high for The Dark Knight Rise, as were my fears. It could have been one massive success or one massive failure, like X3 (oh god the horrors, why Brett Ratner, why?!) and I really feared the latter, but thank NOLAN that the final ending to this brilliant trilogy was beautiful, fitting and a moving grand finale Batman deserves. I love the movies, especially TDK, for its attention to detail and it's grand scale, yet contained storylines. But I also love that every movie had a message that made you think about society and our roles in society. My mind was blown in TDK, it was blown again in TDKR. More than that, TDKR fulfilled it's job, by bringing closure to the entire trilogy, but leaving one beautiful teaser for a possible new franchise.
My favorite Batman movie will still always be The Dark Knight. It is a cinematic masterpiece with a performance of a lifetime by Heath Ledger, whose Joker is the essential reason why The Dark Knight was so exceptional and phenomenal. But The Dark Knight Rises sits up there with The Dark Knight. I love that in this movie, it's the heroes that outshine the villains. The last half of the moving had me going through so many Batman feels, I just can't believe it's "over."
Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy will proudly sit next to my Bruce Timm's Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond DVD Collection on my shelf.
Yes, I'm in love with Batman. Always have and always will be. There is no other (okay, except maybe Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, but that's mostly due to Hugh Jackman).
All I can say is, damn straight, the Dark Knight Rises.