Comic Movie Review: The Dark Knight


What can I say? Most will say it’s the best comic book movie to date, and I’m in no big hurry to quiet them. While I do think that Heath Ledger’s performance was the sole reason that the movie was what it was, it still had a solid plot, interesting characters, and fantastic acting all around. Dark and complex, this film took you through a moral and emotional roller coaster ride that no other “pop” comic movie has been able to. And while we got a sense of Nolan’s dark, complex style in Batman Begins, I don’t think any of us were prepared for this. Which of course, now begs the question… how does he top it?

With Ledger’s tragic death, I can’t imagine they would try to replace him -that would only spell disaster. In The Dark Knight, Luscius does mention Batman’s suit being able to keep out cats… perhaps we’re going to be seeing Catwoman? As long as it’s not Man-Bat, I’m set 🙂

And a PS for all of my video game nerds out there – if you haven’t gotten Batman: Arkham Asylum yet, you’re missing out. Big time.

Delightful surprises: I don’t think you can have a more delightful surprise than Heath Ledger’s performance. In the scene where he blows up the hospital, I was literally grinning and rooting for this mad man. He had such a mix of humor and fear, it was beautiful.

Biggest Disappointments: Without a doubt, Christian Bale’s steadily more and more over the top Batman voice. Don’t get me wrong, Christian Bale is a terrific actor and the best Batman since Michael Keaton, and I get that he must disguise his voice as Batman, but this got a little distracting.

Hugs and Kisses,

Rogue 1


3 Responses to “Comic Movie Review: The Dark Knight”

  1. April 14, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Ledger’s performance of the Joker i think is one of the best character portrayals seen on film in the last few years! i mean he was scary and amazing. I’m not a big fan of DC or Batman (thus the Marvel blog) but holy hell he was good. I agree Bale’s voice was totally lame, but fortunately not enough to ruin a great movie. Nice review

  2. April 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I agree that Bale’s voice was a bit distracting, but he is the first Batman character to distinctly disguise his voice… or even the first super hero to disguise his voice. Because let’s think about this. Superman: how did people not know he is Clark Kent? Spiderman: Peter Parker wasn’t popular enough to have to disguise his voice. Iron Man: Tony Stark let the world know he’s Iron Man so he doesn’t care.

    So I applaud Christian Bale’s attempt to be different, even if it is over the top.

  3. April 15, 2010 at 3:06 am

    In Bale’s case, that gravelly voice is only partially his. I believe Nolan had it digitally altered to be even gruffer. Apparently his vision of Batman needed to sound like a very angry Bea Arthur. However, he’s not the first superhero to disguise his voice in film. Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent was soft spoken and even stuttered on occasion, while his Superman was always confident and articulate. I will agree though that it’s not as drastic a difference as Batmans.

    Rogue 2

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