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I’ve seen comments on MFC over the weekend discussing how “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” may be breaking all the box office records now, but it is certainly expected by some while doubted by other the “The Dark knight Rises”(TDKR) will break those same records come next summer. For those in doubt I say, don’t underestimate the Batman fanbase. Don’t underestimate Christopher Nolan.
It is the popular opinion that the “Spiderman” trilogy went down in flames after Sam Raimi delivered two well-loved films in a row. Sure there is concern that this may happen to TDKR but to ease those fears I say let us not forget Nolan’s “Inception”. One of last year’s biggest hits, “Inception” serves as proof that Nolan hasn’t lost his head in the wake of his success. He has a reputation for being a very grounded, level headed person and I think this film proved that he continues to be such an individual.
The thing about a film like this, with such ridiculously high expectations attached to it, is that it’s already been built up to mythological proportions. It’s nearly impossible to deliver on all fronts, in a manner that will be satisfactory to everyone, critics and fans alike. The problem with a film like this is that people spend so much time imagining what they think it should be like that by the film actually comes along, they’ve made a completely different film in their heads and are disappointed when what they see on screen doesn’t match what they’ve imagined.
After seeing the teaser trailer, it occurred to me for the first time that Bane poses a physical threat to Batman that has not been dealt with in the previous films. Ra’s Al Ghoul, Scarecrow, Two- Face, and the Joker may have been a threat to Batman on a mental, emotional or psychological level but none were a threat physically. Bane represents a challenge of physical endurance we’ve not seen Batman deal with in these films. Now I thinking this may have been one of the major reasons the Nolan brothers selected him instead of other potential villains.
Another thing about Bane is that the general public (myself included), doesn’t know anything about him. I don’t even know what I think he’s supposed to act like. I’ve been a life-long fan of Batman, just the idea of the Caped Crusader is cool to me but I’m certainly no hardcore comic book reader. I know Batman from TV and movies. My only impression of Bane is from the travesty that was “Batman & Robin”. I really have no idea how he’ll be portrayed in TDKR but I know it won’t be anything like that. I can’t even remember him having any speaking lines in that movie.
I don’t know what Bane is supposed to be like, how he’ll talk, act, move, is all a mystery to me. I barely even know his backstory. I know what the general public might know, that he broke Batman’s back in the comic and that he’s got some kind of steroid thing going on. Those two basic points leave a lot of room for a character to be interpreted. People like me won’t be that difficult to satisfy. It’s the overly passionate fanboys who pick everything apart.