Well, I’m not entirely sure how well this will go, but it’s one of my favorite plays, if not my favorite play, by Shakespeare and I do love Joss Whedon. I guess we just have to trust him. I just have two reservations about this movie- 1) I really, really loved the earlier one (no idea when it came out and I don’t feel like looking it up but it starred Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, and the dude who played Wilson on “House”) and 2) I really don’t care for Alexis Denisof, which I realize is prejudiced of me, since he’s done plenty of good things since annoying the crap out of me on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, but that was my first impression of him and I can’t shake it. “Angel” didn’t help the situation either, as the show took a serious turn for the worst once the Irish guy was killed and he showed up. But I did like him “Dollhouse”, the few episodes he was on. And yes, I am a Whedonite. I said I was a nerd.
Allow me a moment to geek out, if you will. I love Batman. Not a little, but a lot. And not just in a “I like the character” or “I think it’s awesome the way he punches people in the head” although god knows that’s true. What I love about him is his darkness and how he fights it, his torment and how he turned it to good, how he stands side by side, and even above, the greatest superheroes that DC comics could come up with, almost all super- powered, and all he has is his strength, his intelligence and his raw will. He never gives up and he never stops. He may lose hope but he will never stop trying. He will always find a way. He is the most human and the most superhuman of all the characters I have ever run across, and I love him for it. And when I go to the midnight showing of “Dark Knight Rises” I am fully prepared for the strong possibility of his death, though I will likely end up sobbing like a little girl in the theatre. They brought in Bane, and that can only mean one thing, not to mention both Chris Nolan and Christian Bale have both said they won’t be doing another Batman movie. I have a faint hope that he will simply be paralyzed and live the rest of his life that way, happily and with Catwoman, but I realize that his is not a character that lends itself to a happy ending.
But anyway, this movie promises to be epic and I cannot wait.