I have somewhat of a mild obsession with superhero movies.
This year has obviously been a good one for me and my fellow nerds with The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises opening with all sorts of pomp and circumstance.
I had a hard time choosing which film I was looking forward to most so I just took it one at a time.
In May I fawned over The Avengers, watching Marvel’s best take on the sinister and hunky Loki Laufeyson (who can’t love a God of Mischief?). Joss Whedon’s film far exceeded my expectations. Each hero has enough power (and ego) to fill an entire film on their own, putting them all in one movie and making that movie watchable seemed impossible. But it had a solid plot structure, humor, dialogue, action and everything in between. I was very impressed. Marvel needs to keep him on retainer for the sequel, I cannot see another director penning something that would come close.
But now here we are in July, just days before we all get to watch Christian Bale and his terrible Batman voice take on the veiny and juiced up Tom Hardy. The Dark Knight will always be one of my favorite superhero films. Christopher Nolan’s Batman is the best, the realism brought to each villain and each situation make the films seem more plausible than fantasy. After Heath Ledger’s incredible Joker in 2008 Nolan has been under serious pressure to create something even more dramatic and action packed.
There is very little information out about the plot of The Dark Knight Rises, only that it takes place eight years later when Gotham is crumbling in the arms of Bane. There is incredible speculation on how Nolan will end his trilogy. Will Batman die?
My fascination is mainly with the Joseph Gordon-Levitt character John Blake. As it seems from the numerous trailers his character is quite important. Will Nolan leave the franchise with him?
In preparation for the nerd tears that will ultimately fall when I finally see the film on Thursday night I am watching the two previous films to make sure my Nolan/Batman knowledge is in tip-top shape.
Hopefully the end will bring more answers than questions.