|the man behind the bat
||[Sep. 5th, 2008|01:36 pm]
Fixing the Batman
10:42 PM 9/4/08 · If Batman Begins had any realy failing it was in one aspect of the development of Bruce Wayne. He leave Gotham, trains in various forms of combat and weapons, and returns a seasoned warrior. The original concept from the comics, though, included these as well as mastery of several sciences, forensic investigations, deductive reasoning, and a smattering of other things.
Yet in Batman Begins, Bruce has no knowledge of science whatsoever. He's basically a highly trained ninja in a batsuit, nothing more. If you doubt this, think back on the scene where Bruce wakes in his bed after being treated from Scarecrow's attack. Lucius explained what happened to him and Bruce is clearly in need of a translator...
...and before you go there, that wasn't an act!
To put this in some real perspective, I was born in 1970. Between 1974 and 1980 there were 3 separate Batman cartoons, more if you count the Super Friends and the early animated interpretations of the Justice League. Didn't really have any regular access to comics until 1978 and those were mostly Legion of Super Heroes that my cousins had been hoarding since before I was born...but there were a few Brave and the Bold mixed in and back in the day that was only Superman & Batman...
...isn't it odd how they always list the Kryptonian first? Clearly not an alphabetical thing.
My point is I have long had a very specific concept of what Batman is supposed to be. Where Tim Burton promised a new vision of the character, Christopher Nolan intended a more literal interpretation. Burton's was more comicbook to life whereas Nolan's was more what I'd expect if the character had never been in comics but taken straight from a novel.
This is not a bad thing.
Val Kilmer has an impressive performance and I love his take but hands down...my favorite Batman was Michael Keaton. With both these actors Tim Burton reall overstressed, not it was fun to watch, the psychological aspects of the trauma that led to this hero. Dunno, maybe Keaton just came across more disturbed and awkward and quirky but it was an amazing performance...
...but the best Bruce Wayne, inaccuracies notwithstanding, was Christian Bale.
Well, there was one other thing they all got wrong that would've been easy to do but they put it off anyway.
Bruce Wayne is supposed to have black hair.
My favorite thing about The Dark Knight touched on a long standing issue with the costuming from the films, most notably with Keaton's outfit. It doesn't allow Batman to turn his head. Finally we get to this film and Batman gets hurt because he couldn't see much farther than his peripheral vision...so he changes the costume mid·film so he finally has a suit where he can turn his head freely.
True beauty lies in the little details!
I've seen all the live action Dark Knights from Adam West to the most recent. Sadly, I've only seen pics of the one before West. Don't know much of anything about him other than he had the most accurate costume of the bunch.