et tu, batman?
July 21, 2008
Batman has always been my favorite superhero. No special physical gifts, just money, gadgets, and grit.
I loved the first Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman, but none of the rest. I think Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins is the best superhero movie ever, partly because I’m partial to origin stories, and this is the best superhero origin story ever.
And this new Batman, The Dark Knight, it’s magnificent, really it is. A masterpiece of film making.
But while I enjoy visiting, I don’t want to, I CAN’T live in the darkness. I love the dark, Se7en is the best thriller I’ve ever seen. But give me something, I need a beacon, a shining light, a Bat Signal. I can deal with regret, with anger, even revenge, from my hero. Regular humans like Harvey Dent, they can suffer moral ambiguity, they can be Hamlet, but not my Batman. You can be a Dark Knight and keep your moral compass.
I allow that terrorism has changed the world, and that the Joker represents terrorists. But this is BATMAN we’re talking about, not Oliver North, not George W, not freaking Dick Cheney. BATMAN. Batman does not torture.
Heath Ledger is amazing, really outstanding, right up there with Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter villain-wise. The movie generally–amazing. Props.
But don’t take my Batman away from me. I need him. I need him the way he was.