Finally I had got some time to go out and watch the final chapter of the Batman trilogy in Montevideo.
First of all, thanks to Nolan and all the cast for giving back the dignity into the character on the screen! (indeed, compared to everything before Nolan’s view of Gotham, his trilogy is great).
Now, I’m not going to talk here about any eventual loose ends, inconsistencies, speculations, deux-ex-machina, mythology and what not. Instead, I will mention two things: first, why I am not giving this film 10, and second what I would love to see in the future.
About my 6-out-of-10 score for the film:
- Batman is not presented as the world’s greatest detective.
- Batman exposes himself a lot in open spaces in the City, what goes against his ninjitsu training on the league of shadows.
- Bruce Wayne is always doubting of his role as Batman (in the comics he knows what he has to do and never doubts about becoming the Batman).
- There is no balance between action and quiet moments. In fact, there are many sequences with no action to unveil the plot that could have been short, and long action scenes with little interaction among lead roles (like Batman and Bane who could have got more encounters during the film, imvho).
- Bane is presented as a bully with a nonsense purpose, whose lines sounded with a strange intonations (what is more, his plan also resembles the Joker’s).
- No fight scenes between Talia al Ghul and Catwoman.
- Why waiting months to destroy Gotham? It’s just equivalent to “monologuing” …
- Supporting characters with no added value to the film.
I could go on with my list but I won’t because I like the fact that this time the films are serious about the character.
Now, if a new director shows up with a new vision, please:
1) Stop with the trend of villains with chaotic goals.
In past Superman films, Lex Luthor was presented as a madman with just a fixation with land (even if it’s alien), instead of being presented as a controversial businessman plus scientist with a double agenda for the sake of power and global domination.
The same happens in Nolan’s trilogy with everything related to The League of Shadows, the Joker and Two face. They all seem to have something to prove but in the end they are just breaking havoc.
In short, not everyone has to go mad or become a freak to be a villain in a movie.
For example, The Penguin could be a can high-society mobster that trains birds for deadly tasks, whose umbrella is just a gun in disguise (like a blade inside a stick).
Btw, I would love to see actor Jonny Coyne (Alcatraz’s warden) as The Penguin:
2) Let the Batman be the World’s Greatest Detective.
Besides the incredible gadgets, his strong spirit, determination, and his fighting skills, Batman is the world greatest detective. He moves in the shadows avoiding open scenes.
And please, as a side note, find someone with a voice that does not have to force it to sound fierce.
3) Stop with that line that everyone can be Batman.
Bruce Wayne is the one and only Batman. Period.
Many can wear the cape for a brief period of time even in Comics, but none gives Batman the right touch of presence and solemnity.
Why not adding more characters like Nightwing?
Ok, I can give it that Robin could make things less realistic and prone to guess who the man behind the mask is, easily. Unless you don’t treat them as fulltime sidekicks of Batman but independent heroes them-selves.
4) Write a storyline that can lead to a Justice League film.
If the original Batman is dead, how can this impact on an eventual Justice League film? In particular, what about the legendary friendship between Clark and Bruce? They are not just co-workers. They are friends -despite their different approaches to fight crime for the sake of justice, who trust each other (please, do not remind me of the kryptonite bullet here).
5) And stop with unnecessary roles.
Focus on the lead characters and real supporting ones. Avoid wasting time adding roles that do not add relevant value to the storyline (like Deputy Commissioner Foley and or Bane’s wingman; I am not talking about the actors here –who are great- but the roles them-selves).
Ok, enough words.
To wrap it up, I enjoyed the film and the trilogy but I didn’t fall in love with it. In fact, even with all the flaws one can find in The Avangers movie, I still like it more than TDKR …
My two cents,