What’s With All The Dark Knight Rises Hate?

The Dark Knight Rises

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There’s been a lot of criticism lately towards the scoops coming from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. Set pictures, film footage, audio leaks, you name it, we’ve seen it. With fan boys across the globe already branding the film ‘just another terrible third movie’, I wonder, is all the hate justified?

To start with, I do find all the leaked snippets unusual for a Nolan film. Things were kept so secretive when The Dark Knight was being filmed; it was impossible to put any plot details together until we saw the first official trailer. With just under a year to go, we have rumoured plot spoilers as well as official and leaked photos. Whilst the plot spoilers should be taken with a grain of salt, could all the official Dark Knight Rises coverage be coming from Warner Bros efforts to over promote the film, due to their early failings with this year’s Green Lantern movie? Or perhaps Nolan is in on this and is deliberately toying with his audience.

We recently had our first official look at Selina Kyle, and the reception has been mild at best. Fans are complaining about the lack of headgear, and how the costume doesn’t resemble anything cat like. If Anne Hathaway in leather isn’t enough to satisfy fan boys, then we really are ruining movies for ourselves. I personally couldn’t care less about Hathaway’s costume. I’m more concerned with her portrayal of Selina Kyle rather than how comic book accurate her costume looks. Notice I said Selina Kyle and not Catwoman. That’s because as far as we know the official image could just be Selina mid transformation to Catwoman. There could be way more to this costume then what meets the eye, it’s too early to judge. It’s worth remembering though Heath Ledger‘s Joker was far different from the Joker we’re used to seeing in the comic books, yet that worked perfectly.

As far as Tom Hardy‘s Bane goes, we’ll just have to wait and see. Official coverage and leaked footage show that Bane is quite small compared to Bats, therefore I imagine some altering will take place in post-production. I certainly do not expect Bane to look too monstrous due to Nolan’s efforts to ground the films in realism. It’s a different take for sure, but it’s worked so far right?

I’m not declaring my utmost certainty that The Dark Knight Rises will be one of the best comic book movies ever made. Yes it could suck, but it doesn’t deserve the hate it’s receiving. I understand fans want to see their favourite characters portrayed as best as possible, but maybe it’s time audiences stopped ruining movies for themselves. Comic book movies will eventually slow down, so we should just enjoy them whilst we can.

  1. September 6th, 2011

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