And I’m sorry about it.
I’ve loved Batman most of my adult life. He was always one of my favorite superheroes. I love Michael Keaton, I thought he was fabulously understated and did a great job.
Don’t get me wrong. I liked the new movies OK. I mean, they dragged on a little bit, and I had some major problems with some of the characters. The first one was pretty good, with his start and the clumsiness and the beginning. Rachel was absolutely horrible and boring. Heath Ledger was just amazing as the Joker and the only reason I re-watched the second movie.
But the third one, with a terrible Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, cemented my feelings. For the first time I actually realized Batman was the 1%. He totally is! He is a man who has so much money he feels like he can play God, and do anything he wants to do. He is as distant from me as the moon. Sure, right now he chooses to do good, but instead of spending all of his money on stupid masks and cars, he could find other ways to better Gotham. The things that Catwoman says to him, they are true.
“There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”
And Bane’s words:
“We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… the people!”
That’s not to say I agree with Bane’s methods…but he’s got a point.
The previous Batmans I am familiar with, you felt like he was a good guy, beaten down by circumstances and life, driven to the edge to fight back in the only way you know how. Christian Bale’s Batman feels more like the smug playboy who thinks he knows better than the entire world and breaks his own rules whenever he feels like it.
I guess what I am saying is the Dark Knight series was realistic. Too realistic, in that it brought Batman into the real world and made me feel like he was kind of a jerk.
I bring this up because in one of the threads someone said “Oh, people used to like the Dark Knight Rises and now it’s unpopular.” Well, sometimes it takes a while for a movie to fully digest, and that’s how it has been with this series. I don’t think it’s being hypocritical to like a movie and still see major flaws with it, and I don’t think it’s hypocritical to like a movie but not like the central character.