At long last, the wait is over! The Dark Knight Rises opens in a matter of hours, and all of us at Vlizz are ready for Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s epic conclusion to the Batman Trilogy. Before the film is viewed by millions, we wish to fondly take a look back at the previous films that have been the source for all the fandom. What was it that made us love these movies so much?
Batman Begins was arguably the best superhero film ever made (before its sequel came out); with two infamous villains that had not yet graced the silver screen and a dark, realistic, post-9/11 story. By strategically casting Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy as the antagonists, Nolan set the precedent for how villains should always be expressed in films. This elevation of the characterization of a film’s antagonists helped the Nolan brothers end the chain of cheesy movies that plagued the Batman film series for years. It also successfully connected audiences to Michael Caine’s Alfred, Gary Oldman’s Gordon, and Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox.
The sequel, however, permanently situated itself as one of the greatest movies of all time. While fans enjoyed Two-Face’s (admittedly brief) screen time and jaw-dropping stunts, it was Heath Ledger’s Joker that triggered outrageous box office records along with a long list of Oscar wins and nomination (falling short of a best picture birth). However, this did not go by unnoticed as the Academy changed the rules about how many movies could be nominated for best picture as a direct response to The Dark Knight mishap.
So what does this mean for The Dark Knight Rises? It has already been one of the most controversially reviewed movies of all time and while it has more mixed reviews than its predecessor, we bet you that it is going to be a masterpiece. Bring on the records and nominations! We will see you at the marathon!
By: Jonathan Havey | Editor-in-Chief
By: Derrick Higgins | Managing Editor