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The Dark Knight Rises Review

It’s been a long wait, and a lot of hype, but The Dark Knight Rises is about to land in cinemas, on the 20th of July.  Is it possible for the movie to meet the high expectations of the fans?

The Dark Knight Rises picks up Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, which is a little confusing at first because some important things have happened in those years.  Batman taking the blame for the crimes, and death, of Harvey Dent has brought about significant change as a new law, inspired by Dent, has given police the power they needed to take Gotham back from the criminals.  With the mob finally behind bars, Gotham no longer needed Batman.  This lack of purpose and the loss of Rachel have turned Bruce Wayne into a recluse.  However, the threat of new evil is enough to shake Batman out of retirement.

Anne Hathaway had an extremely challenging role.  There have been so many great portrayals of Catwoman over the years and she managed to surpass them all.  This version of Catwoman is tough, independent, layered and sexy without being ridiculously over sexualised.  Without a doubt she was the right person for the job.  She was given a really interesting character to play and she did it justice in a way that nobody thought she could.  It’s easy to forget who is actually playing the part and get lost in the character, which proves just how great an actress Hathaway really is.

Selina Kyle is a great character, with a rich history and it was really nice to have this history explored but not thrown in your face.  The Selina shown in this film is the finished product.  You can see what she does and who she is, but not how she got there.  This may not sound like a good thing, but it really is.  How often do people sit you down and explain why they are the way they are?  It doesn’t happen.  It’s clear the character has been through a lot and has had a troubled past.  In fact, escaping that past is a huge motivating factor for her.

Bane has never really been done justice on film before so Tom Hardy didn’t have as much to live up to in that respect, but he’s still playing the man who broke the bat which is a pretty big deal in the comic world.  While it was sometimes hard to understand him, it didn’t really hurt the performance.  To keep the film grounded in reality some changes were made to the character, though they didn’t seem necessary they provided a deeper, more emotional reason for why Bane fights.  As a villain he is very direct and calculated, while also showing no remorse for his actions.  He is pure brute force.

In the comics, Bane has such an interesting backstory and fans may be disappointed to see that it has been changed somewhat.  The alterations feel largely unnecessary as it seems like there were many other ways they could have made the same point without messing around with his history.  However, the edits do provide some twists and turns while also giving fans of the comics something new.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, who both starred in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, are new to the Batman universe.  Levitt plays orphan turned police officer, John Blake, and Marion Cotillard plays Wayne Enterprises board member, Miranda Tate.  Both do a really great job with their characters, proving once again that Nolan has a keen eye for casting the right people.  While Miranda Tate helps bring Bruce Wayne, played once again by Christian Bale, out of is reclusive state and back to Wayne Enterprises, John Blake works with Commissioner Gordon and Batman to try bring down Bane.  Blake’s ideals sever to highlight those that both Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon once had but have now lost.

Though the film’s long running time, of just under three hours, may be challenging on the bladders of those who ordered the extra-large drink, ever second is necessary to the development of the characters and the story.  This is not a brainless action film it has depth, social commentary and extremely interesting characters.  The series is brought to an amazing conclusion that should leave fans feeling fulfilled, but, at the same time, little sad as it still feels like there is so much life left in the franchise.

What do you think?  Are you a Batman fan?  Do you like Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman?  Which is your favourite film in Nolan’s franchise?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to click the like button, if you liked this post, and please subscribe.

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Catwoman Character Bio

Catwoman has appeared in a number of different mediums over the years and is one of the most well-known female comic book characters of all time, right up there with Lois Lane.  She will next appear in Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, which is coming to cinemas in just four days.  If you’ve already began preparing for the film, booking tickets and cleaning your Batman t-shirt, then you may be interested in the history behind the characters appearing in this comic book adaptation.

Catwoman made her first appearance in Batman #1, 1940.  In this tale her look is that of an elderly woman who just happens to be a jewel thief nicknamed The Cat.  At the end of the issue Batman wipes the makeup from her face revealing that she is in fact a young woman who donned the disguise in to hide her true identity.  Pet shop owner by day burglar by night Catwoman returns in Batman #2, this time with no disguise, and manages to escape.  Many of her appearances ended with her getting away in situations where it was strongly suggested, and even pointed out by Robin, that Batman had simply let her go.

Inspired by Batman, Catwoman decided to adopt a costume, which consisted of a dress and a realistic cat head mask.  It wasn’t long before this costume changed into a more subtle one; a mask, cat ears and, of course, a dress.  After the transformation she became known as Catwoman rather than The Cat.  She was now one of Batman’s regular foes, but since he often let her go she stopped appearing in the comics for a while.  This was because the censored didn’t like the fact that Batman was essentially letting her go because she was beautiful, at this stage her secret identity hadn’t even been revealed and the name Selina Kyle had not been mentioned.

Catwoman did eventually return and even start working with Batman and Robin, under the pretence that she had gotten amnesia which was responsible for her previous wrong doing.  This lasted a while with the trio even hunting down some of Selina’s old associates.  However, it was eventually revealed that she had made this story up to see what it would be like if she became a crime fighter.  Selina then returned to her status as a villain.

A number of stories have looked into Selina’s origin story, which has changed over the years.  When she was young her mother commit suicide and her father drank himself to death she then ran away, after calling the police to report her father’s death.  She then had to survive on the streets, in some versions this meant resorting to prostitution in order to survive.  Though there are some parallels between Selina and Bruce Wayne’s origins, like both of them losing their parents, in many ways they are opposites.  Bruce living in upper class while Selina had to lie, cheat and steal to make it to that social status.

Catwoman has appeared in numerous mediums, portrayed by an array of different actresses, but it will be interesting to see how Christopher Nolan handles the iconic character.  Do you think he’ll do a good job?  Is Anne Hathaway right for the part?  Who is your favourite female comic book character?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Batman at the MTV Movie Awards

More footage from The Dark Knight Rises was shown at this year’s MTV Movie Awards.

It begins with a scene in which Selina Kyle, Anne Hathaway, is being interrogated by John Blake, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  After this we get to see a variety of other shots from the film, the most interesting, in my eyes, is what appears to be the Lazarus Pit.

In the comic books, the Lazarus Pit is used by Ra’s al Ghul, who is set to appear in the film, as a way to heal otherwise fatal injuries.  However, using the Lazarus Pit comes at a cost; it has a nasty side effect of turning people insane.  Since Bane is the man who broke the bat, the Lazarus Pit could potentially be used to heal Bruce Wayne’s back.  They may even not included the side effect in the film, but there have been scenes, shown in a TV spot, were Bruce was walking with a cane which could just be from a bane beating rather than a recovering spine.

Another interesting part in the clip shows Batman and Catwoman working together.  Selina is a really interesting character and every time more footage of her is realised it gets easier to see Christopher Nolan chose Anne Hathaway for the role.  The movie version seems to be close to the way she was portrayed in her early appearances and it’s nice to see that she has a criminal record and isn’t just going to run around fighting crime with Batman the entire movie.

The Dark Knight Rises will hit cinemas hard on the 20th of July with a massive running time of two hours and forty five minutes.

What do you think?  Are you excited about the final film in Nolan’s Batman series?  Do you think that the Lazarus Pit will appear in the film?  Would you like the series to continue?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


The Dark Knight Rises Trailer 3

I’ve been crazy busy over the last few weeks with Masters applications, finale assignments and exam preparation, my exams start next week, but don’t be fooled by my recent neglected.  I have been keeping an eye out for stuff that truly warranted a break from working and now I’ve found one.

The latest trailer for the upcoming Batman finale has been released by Warner Bros and can now been seen online, check it out below.  Since I am currently skiving off studying, I can’t spend as long as I’d like writing about it, but I do want to say a few points that came to mind.

Selina Kyle, Catwoman, seems to be on Batman’s side for a large portion of the movie possibly betraying him; hopefully she’s not just a one-time thief turned pseudo-Robin.  She also fears Bane, which may be a reason to betray Batman.

Bane speaks perfectly clear and not muttered.

There is so much more I’d like to get into, but at the moment I don’t have time so please check it out below and leave a comment to discuss.


The Dark Knight Rises Second Trailer

A second, more detailed, trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has hit the web and, among the positive comments, there are some negatives to be pointed out.  Does this mean that Nolan will fail to top the hugely successful second film?

There is no doubt that the latest Batman film will top the box office when it comes out, but are fans going to be satisfied with this ‘epic’ conclusion?  As a Batman (and Christopher Nolan) fan, I hope so.  However, The Dark Knight was done so well that it’s going to be hard to top and I’m not sure if any of the villains in The Dark Knight Rises will be able to compare to Heath Ledger as The Joker.

Also, some of the things from the trailer were a little, how do I put it, odd.  At one point a football pitch collapses into a big crater, which just seemed a little too Final Destination.  Then there is the random futuristic flying thing.  If I’m completely honest, that just seemed like it was in the wrong movie, like a Michael Bay leftover or something.  I do want to be wrong here, I hope that when seen in proper context these things fit in perfectly with the tone, and the world, of the series.

It’s not all bad; there were things I liked too.  After seeing the trailer I am more confident in Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman.  Though you don’t actually see her as Catwoman, she does have a scene where she warns Bruce Wayne of the impending chaos.  Bane also seems pretty cool and at one point it looks as though he was defeated Wayne and say ‘when Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die’.  So I’m pretty sure both Catwoman and Bane no that Bruce Wayne is Batman, probably after discovering it throughout the film.

This film takes place eight years after its predecessor.  The people of Gotham have recovered from The Joker’s attacks and now the city is relatively peaceful.  There has been no need for Batman, who had become an outlaw after taking the blame for Harvey Dent.  Now Batman must return to prevent Gotham once again falling into the hands of the criminals.

Watch the trailer and let me know what you think?  Do you agree/disagree with the points I’ve made?  Are there other things you did/didn’t like about the trailer?  Overall did you think it was good or bad?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.  If you want news on future reviews and projects follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.


The Dark Knight Rises set in 2016

The Dark Knight Rises will be released in July 2012, a full four years after The Dark Knight which came out in July 2008, but the events of the film are set eight years after those of The Dark Knight.

As fans impatiently wait to see how Christopher Nolan’s Batman series comes to an end, they can count themselves lucky that they don’t actually have to wait the extra four years.  The story follows Bruce Wayne as he faces his biggest enemy yet, in physical size at least.  The enemy I’m referring to is of course the loss of Rachel and his parents, oh and then there’s Bane and Cat Woman who will also be making appearances.  Seriously though, the Batman persona has always been about avenging the loss of his parents, seems like therapy would have been easier.  If he finally faces these issues, will he hang up his cape?  It is the finally movie in the franchise after all.

Also recently, an outdoor fight scene between Bane and Batman was shot in New York, set in a blizzard.  Tom Hardy, the actor playing Bane, said the fight was so overwhelming to shoot, as there were a thousand extras and it was hard to tell which where the stuntmen he was supposed to attack.  Another possible ending would be the ‘man that broke the bat’ storyline, were Bane puts Batman in a wheelchair by snapping his back.  I’ve said it before but I really think this is a possibility, it doesn’t have to be depressing he could go on to defeat Bane using cleverly placed banana peels near the edge of cliffs.  Okay, so there may be a few holes in that theory. 

Either way the series is coming to an end and it’s sure to go out with a bang, but I have to ask; why eight years?  Why not four?  Four makes more sense, so there has to be a reason that it’s eight.  What do you think?  Should Batman go to therapy?  Will Bane put him in a wheelchair?  How do you think the series should end?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


The Dark Knight Rises Catwoman Pictures

New pictures from the set of The Dark Knight Rises have hit the internet.  The pictures show the full Catwoman suit and confirm suspicions that the goggles, seen in previous photos, double as cat ears.  Take a look, you may notice that I’ve added captions ad speech bubbles to celebrate that I recently got Photoshop again.

Seeing these pictures and how tame and put together Anne Hathaway looks in them doesn’t make me nervous.  I’m expecting her to do a great job (I trust Christopher Nolan).  I’m sure that when the finished product is released she will do the character justice.  If she doesn’t and the character comes across tame and put together I shall join the war against Hathaway’s career.

What do you think?  Can Hathaway pull it off?  Are you happy I got Photoshop back?  Do women make good drivers?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button.


New Superman and Catwoman Costumes Revealed

It’s a good day to be a comic book geek as we finally get a look at the stars of two upcoming superhero movies in their costumes, English actor Henry Cavill as Superman and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

Though it resembles the classic Superman suit, there are some noticeable differences.  The costume is darker and made of a different material, also the single curl, which is normally on Superman’s forehead, has been cut off.  Having seen the reaction to the new Wonder Woman costume a few months back, I am curious about how people are reacting to the changes.  Personally, I do think that the costume looks more manly and will fit the big screen better, especially considering that this movie is intended to be darker than previous Superman films.

Catwoman without any catlike features?  That’s an interesting choice.  If I’m not mistaken, the goggles have some sort of cat ear, but that’s about it.  Since she’s on, what is speculated to be, the bat-cycle, it’s hard to judge the costume.  However, if the rest of the suit is completely lacking in the feline department Nolan’s going to have some pretty disappointed fans on his hands.  It’s thought that the reason pictures of Catwoman have been released is because Nolan knew paparazzi would snap a few photos while they were filming, so he beat them too it.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the costumes?  Do you think they should have gone with the more classic version of the suits?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Review

So the rumours were true.
The trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises did play before screenings of the last Harry Potter film and all of the recent rumours, about what would be in that trailer, were true.  Almost half of the trailer was made up of clips from the first two movies and the rest was pretty tame.  Not much was revealed, at least not visually.  However, if you listen to the voiceover and the conversation between Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon, you can get a pretty good idea of what’s happened since The Dark Knight.

At the end of the last Batman film, The Dark Knight, Batman becomes a fugitive, having taken the blame for the death of Harvey Dent.  At some point since then, Wayne has hung up his costume and resigned as Batman, possibly due to being unable to do any good while still branded a villain.  This is an interesting plot twist as in the second movie Rachel wrote that, though Gotham may one day not have to rely on Batman, she was unsure a time would come when Bruce no longer needed him.  This movie flips that around, were Gotham is still in danger, possibly worse than it was before, but Bruce no longer feels he can be a hero.

Compelling plot points aside, the trailer was pretty bare.  Fans did get a small glimpse of Batman fighting Bane.  It isn’t shown for long, but it does look like it’s going to be a fairly hands on fight, by which I mean no gadgets just plain old beating the crap out of each other.  When his happened in the comics it resulted in Batman ending up in a wheelchair, though I doubt that’s how Christopher Nolan will end his Batman series.

The trailer begins with a voiceover from Liam Neeson, who plays Ra’s al Ghul.  Neeson will be returning for a brief cameo in The Dark Knight Rises, having previously appeared in Batman Begins.  Josh Pence will also take on the role, playing Ra’s al Ghul in a scene that takes place thirty years before the events of Batman Begins.  Neeson may not be the only one making a cameo as rumour has it, and remember I said it’s just rumour, that Adam West, star of the hit Batman TV series, will make some kind of appearance, obviously not as Batman.

Despite the short length of the trailer, it seems to have gotten many fans excited.  Personally, I would have liked a little more.  What do you think?  Are you happy with the trailer?  Did it get you excited about the film?  Let me know my voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and hit the like button.


Batman: Dark Knight Rises Villains Revealed

I know I said that today would be another remake, but that’s going to have to wait until tomorrow because this can’t wait.  The villains for the upcoming Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, have officially been revealed.  Despite rumours, it has been declared that Tom Hardy will not be playing Hugo Strange; instead he will be portraying Bane.  Anne Hathaway has also been cast in the film, as Catwoman.   This news was a bit of a shock to people following the speculation as Nolan had said he was choosing villains that had not previously appeared in Batman movies and both Bane and Catwoman have.

For those of you that don’t know, Bane is a Batman comic villain, who was raised in prison.  There he learned many lessons, worked on his body, becoming really strong, and read every book he could get his hands on.  He appeared in the movie Batman and Robin, played by Robert Swenson.  In the movie he was shown as a mindless henchman opposed to super smart.  Catwoman, original known as The Cat, is a burglar that has, on many occasions, stolen Batman’s heart (cheesy but effective).  She has been played by numerous actresses over the years and even has her own comic series.  She’s the most popular female character in the Batman universe.

I can’t wait to see Nolan’s take on these characters, but I’ll have to wait awhile.  The movie is set to be released on the 20th of July 2012, which, if I have my way, will be rainy with atmosphere setting lightning.