The Dark Knight lives on

27Jul08

This is crazy! The Dark Knight refuses to say die. This movie is still holding strong after nine days.

According to /Film, TDK is expected to gross $77 million this weekend—half of what it made last weekend, the biggest opening on record. Damn.

If so, the film will have grossed $315 million by Monday, surpassing the total domestic grosses of both Iron Man and Lame Indiana Jones Sequel to become 2008’s toppity top movie in a mere 10 days. Indeed: that’s another record. Repeat viewings are holding steady.

In other Bat-news … Sorry, this is kind of belated, but Batman-On-Film has Part Two of the Nolan/Bale Q&A up. It’s a good read, and in it Christopher Nolan says this (fingers crossed!):

The final question is always a predictable one: “Will there be a third installment and can you tell us anything about it?”

Nolan paused for a second, looked down and then back up with a big smile on his face, moved to the edge of his chair and said, “Yes, and do you want to know how it opens up? It’s like this (gesturing with his arms). Tt starts with this big….”

He stopped.

“No, really, I really don’t know what the future holds, but I am looking forward to going on holiday in a few weeks time, and then we’ll see what happens.”

If you missed Part One of that Q&A, you can read it here.

And Jett (the owner of BOF.com) has another Mailbag of questions up on the site. I agree with most of his answers. They’re pretty close (if not dead-on) to how I feel—although I would like to see a little of Robin (think Dark Victory), because I think Nolan could do him justice and give him a nice revamp. And although I’m kind of wary of the whole Selina Kyle possibility, if they do it right (which I’m sure they would) and don’t make the movie just about her (ugh, I want a different, pure villain with a fresh face—not a morally ambiguous character, as much as I like Catwoman, no offense). The only thing I 100% disagree with Jett on is the Two-Face thing (question #3): I’m thinking the EXACT opposite, and frankly I’m going to be more than a little pissed off if they truly gave him the axe (but I don’t think they did, personally). So until I hear confirmation straight out of Nolan’s mouth, I’m standing firmly by my opinion.

On a different note, this is too cute …

[Via Super Punch]

Bottom row, from left to right: Harley Quinn, the Joker, Hush, Two-Face (with Killer Croc in front of him), Robin (Tim Drake), Scarface (in front of Batmobile), Alfred, Batman, Jim Gordon, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, the Penguin. Top row, left to right: Baby Doll (I’m assuming), Clayface (with Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter on top of him), Nightwing, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), R’as Al Ghul (I think that’s supposed to be him), Zatanna, Batwoman (Kate Kane), Bane, Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Man-Bat, and the Scarecrow. Well, how’d I do? :P

Anyway, here’s a quick little article you should definitely read. And there’s a very interesting Dark Knight Q&A audio file by Creative Screenwriting Magazine with screenwriter Jonah Nolan that you can listen to. Jonah says something about Harvey Dent’s die a hero or live to become the villain line worth noting if you didn’t pick it up when watching the film (although I don’t know how you could have missed it, it was pretty straight-forward): “You see it in the trailer you think he’s talking about himself, but that’s not the villain he’s talking about.”

In the end, Batman sets up a fantastic contrast between him—and then Gordon deems him Gotham’s Dark Knight—and Harvey, Gotham’s now-fallen White Knight. I can’t quote it exactly, but basically Batman points out that he’s outside that idea: He’s not a hero, so that hero/villain line doesn’t apply to him. He is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice: to be what Gotham City needs him to be. And that means not only being a source of hope for the people of Gotham, but also the scapegoat for their fears. Thus, he takes the fall for the six deaths Harvey took in order to preserve their memory of Dent and the light he represented as their District Attorney.

So technically, that line of dialogue by Harvey applies to him, ironically, in a way; but purely, it’s meant to be connected to Batman—and more than Harvey could have forseen when he said that line.



2 Responses to “The Dark Knight lives on”

  1. 1 John

    AWESOME! Thank you so much for posting that piece of Dustin Nguyen art! He’s currently my favorite Batman artist and the stuff he’s doing on Detective takes my breath away. I love it and I wouldn’t have seen it if not for your awesome ability to find the good stuff and tell us about it. I owe you one. :)

  2. Hey, thank whoever runs the Super Punch blog. :P Fantastic!

    But you’re welcome anyway. ;D

    Because yes, he does rock.


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