In this episode, we’ll be taking a look at the very first film from director Christopher Nolan, Following – a black and white thriller that set the stage for his later hit films including Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception. And if this episode seems a little bizarre, don’t adjust your monitors – I’ve just barrowed some of Nolan’s signature time manipulation tricks to help tell his story.
Welcome to The DVD Shelf Movie Reviews – an ongoing web series where movies are celebrated, not incinerated! After the endless hate and mockery towards movies that circulates on the Internet nowadays, why not dedicate a show to a love of cinema? Weird, huh?
In each episode, I grab a movie off my own DVD shelf, discuss the film’s background, highlight its DVD/Blu-ray special features and end on why I recommend it. So, I figured the first episode should feature a movie that isn’t hard to like—the 2008 summer blockbuster The Dark Knight.
Could this be the Superman film we’ve all been waiting for? Superman Returns was such a huge stumble for DC Comics to get a big non-Batman movie franchise going that Marvel took advantage and shot ahead with their game plan which proved successful. Now we are presented with another shot at bringing the Man of Tomorrow back to the big screen. For an all-powerful superhero, Supes has his work cut out for him.
The latest trailer that was released finally gives us a full look at what to expect. Helmed by Watchmen director Zack Snyder and under the watchful eye of the more accomplished Christopher Nolan taking the producer role, Man of Steel looks to give Superman his time to shine and DC Comics a clear runway for the Justice league movie.
Well, this is it. The Christopher Nolan run of Batman films has reached its climax. Batman Begins started the ride with a grand retelling of the caped crusader’s origins. Next we were treated to the ultimate battle of wits with The Joker as portrayed by the late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. Now The Dark Knight Rises brings in Bane, a man with a plan to become Gotham City’s reckoning and dispose of Batman once and for all in the process.
NOTE: This review will be as spoiler free as possible.
As a possible leader to the more-likely-than-ever Justice League movie, details are emerging on what could possibly be the follow up to the 2011 smash hit Batman: Arkham City. Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, as a part of a mandate from Time Warner, is expected to reteam a number of DC characters for Rocksteady’s next DC based game. According to Variety the yet to be titled game is to be set in the ‘Silver Age’ era with Batman’s first introduction to the Joker.
With The Avengers movie upon us, director Joss Whedon has become a pretty popular guy among studio executives and superhero nerds alike. Overseas numbers for the superhero romp have already hit the $280 million mark before reaching theaters in the States. Did you know, however, that Whedon was in the bidding for the Batman reboot before Christopher Nolan was ultimately chosen?
The rejected script for Whedon’s Batman movie was discussed during an interview with GQ, specifically the driving motivation behind Bruce Wayne becoming the Dark Knight. Shortly after his parents are slain in an alley, a young Bruce Wayne becomes morbidly obsessed with death. He comes across a girl getting bullied in a very similar looking alleyway. Joss explains the rest.
“And he’s like this tiny 12 year old who’s about to get the shit kicked out of him. And then it cuts to Wayne Manor, and Alfred is running like something terrible has happened, and he finds Bruce, and he’s back from the fight, and he’s completely fine. And Bruce is like, ‘I stopped them. I can stop them.’ That was the moment for me. When he goes ‘Oh, wait a minute; I can actually do something about this.’ The moment he gets that purpose, instead of just sort of being overwhelmed by the grief of his parents’ death.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love what Nolan has done for the Batman franchise. Hell, even Whedon is a self professed fan of the man’s work! There’s just a nagging thought in my head that makes me wonder what Batman Begins would have been like under Whedon’s control. Could he have done it justice? It sure would be a whole lot better than Joel Schumaker and his *groan* Bat Credit Card.