Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Excuse me, sir? Your nerd is showing.

I'm really excited for this. It's sad, but it's true. If you know me well, you know it's true. And I'm sure you're thinking to yourself that, yeah, it's sad too. Oh well, that doesn't change the fact that this was pretty much one of the best movies ever filmed. Heath Ledger was brilliant. You and I both know that. So stop trying to find reasons to argue with me.

Thanks to my recent pre-Taiwan purchase of Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul, along with the nice people over at Batman-On-Film.com, who recently did a whole PODcast on the depth of the Dark Knight, I've been able to merge my love for my childhood superhero and my semi-closeted status as an amature philosophy buff.

I really don't think there's another superhero that deals with the complexities that Bruce Wayne/Batman faces. There's the age-old debate that Superman is better. And I'm sure one of you Superfreaks are going to point out how Superman had Christ-like qualities in the newest movie, but here's my response. First off, the latest Superman movie kind of sucked. It was a bore. You think that if there was a guy who had super-human strength and calling, you'd make him a little more interesting. And secondly, I'm pretty sure that's just bad theology.

So don't go there. You still lose.

If any of you are as big a geek as I am when it comes to the Batman, check out the BoF website. Their already starting to track rumors of a followup Nolan/Bale flick. (I'm sure you've probably heard the murmurs about Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin, or Johnny Depp as the Riddler... don't worry, they're just rumors)

Batman doesn't seem to have quite the fanfair here as it does back home. There's an occasional shirt (from the 90s or before), and doodads like this one (image: right). But nothing lining the streets or aisles at the department stores.

That's okay. I guess that's why I'm an educator.


RennyPenny said...

just thought i'd let you know..i think i'm the only person on earth who has not seen the newest batman...
my boyfriend and i were supposed to go see it together...but he decided to go see it without me.

TuanInside said...

This is so fabulous. I'm speechless to talk about this, because everyone know it was so great, especially, Heather, not the hero in the movie, but the hero of the movie. Too sad for his death, which had made him act so brilliantly.

Rachel Tamed said...

I have not seen the new batman yet...mostly because Heath Ledger was my first fantasy hollywood guy, and it makes me sad. Please blog about it so that I can get the perspective of a true batman enthusiast!

Jenny Colborn said...

ahhh i'm SO excited for the DVD. In our real life batman news, i have so much to tell you. we found out who the Joker is and who the Scarecrow is. it's nuts!!!!

Chase said...

Jenny, I was hoping you'd chime in.
Write me on Facebook, I want to know the details.

Rachel, I'm sorry, but I cannot blog in the place of seeing Heath's performance. You're really really missing out. Let me just say you'll realize what a brilliant actor he is, and why you fell for him all those years ago.

Tuan. Buddy, it's Heath. ;) But I agree with you. I have wondered if the depth of his role as Joker led to his demise. We'll never really know.

Penny, Rachel proved you wrong. You're not the only one who hasn't seen the movie. Though, tell your bf he's slacking. I saw it in theaters 4 times. (Yes, only 4) I'm sure you'll see it once it hits DVD... oh! And I heard a rumor (thanks Jenny) that it might be going back into theaters in January. So you'll have a chance to see it then on the big screen :)

Samantha said...

Holy smokes, batman! I voyaged up to St. Pete to see the move in imax (and it was totally worth it- I don't think my jaw closed once) Oh, and I found it sort of funny that they have 90's batman shirts. Oh, Chase- educate them! haha.