Given the overwhelming hype that The Dark Knight Rises has faced going into its theatrical premiere it is hard to imagine that a film this good could be overshadowed by anything remotely negative sans a disappointing performance or costume design for Bane or the potential prima donna hi-jinx of some its stars. First and foremost this cast is dedicated to the victims of the Aurora, Co tragedy. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts. Second, we want to acknowledge that Christian Bale, despite having a history of some fairly inspired madness as an actor on set, has done an amazing thing in visiting the victims in Aurora. Hats off to you, sir. Third, Mr. Christopher Nolan, you have inspired us with your movies. Your words post-tragedy show your character and we applaud you.
What you are about to hear from Jesse Bartel and Jeff Konopka on this episode of Dead Air is a look back at the series masterfully directed by Chris Nolan. While the Dead Air format is typical reviews, news and then feature in depth review, the crew have elected to focus completely on the series and the Dark Knight Rises. Jeff and Jesse recant the events of the last couple weeks, discuss the Aurora tragedy, relive some of their favorite moments from the first two movies in the series and discuss this new films place in the trilogy. Listen to two Batman fans talk about the newest installment.
The first forty minutes or so are spoiler free, but once the in depth discussion beings all bets are off. If you haven’t seen the movie, consider turning off the cast after this point (they’ll let you know when) and revisit it once you’ve enjoyed the film.
This ain’t your grandma’s Batman. Remember when DC put the “DC Comics Aren’t Just For Kids” logo on their books? This movie and the previous installments in this series earn that sentiment. From Frank Miller to Alan Moore in the 80’s to the present incarnation of Batman in Nolan’s think about how Batman has evolved. Think about The Dark Knight Rises in your own conception of its place in the filmography. Go out. See the movie. See any movie.
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Last note… here are Christopher Nolan’s comments as previously mentioned:
Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.
And here’s a picture (which I’m sure you’ve all seen by now) of Christian Bale being the a hero in the really real world. You did good.