I've always considered The Dark Knight one of the best superhero movies considering everything. It was fast-paced, at least for the most part, and action-packed. It had a stable story, brilliant effects, and a group of talented actors. I didn't find any flaw in the movie. This was a lot better than Batman Begins, and much stronger as well. It's a record holder in the box-office and I do think it does, in a way, reflect the awesomeness surrounding this film.
Heath Ledger is the star of the movie. His portrayal of The Joker, I think, will always be considered as one of the most iconic moments of the movie industry. I really rooted for him to have a posthumous win at the Academy Awards when he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. I personally didn't think it would have mattered much, but the idea of having that achievement was worth supporting. After all he deserved. For those who have seen the movie, I guess no one will dare to say otherwise. His depiction of the twisted insanity of Joker was disgusting, in the best way possible.
When Batman Begins came out a long time ago, I was not too thrilled with the idea of the sequel. It was ok, but it was not spectacular. I even had my doubts about The Dark Knight. However, after hearing nothing but praise for the movie I decided to check it out and I was utterly impressed. I was literally left in awe when I saw the movie and I distinctly remember leaving the theater thinking "I hope they make a sequel." And this year that will happen and I am stoked about it.
I thought Aaron Eckheart would return, but I read online that he was not, that his character's dead. It's a bit disappointing mostly because he was a standout during The Dark Knight and having him back would have been amazing. He actually said two of the best lines if the movie. The first was, "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." The second one was, "The night is darkest just before the dawn." In my opinion, these two lines were the most provoking lines, and also the most felt.
However, it opened the opportunity for fresh new villains. I'm really excited to see Anne Hathaway as one of the villains, and I'm sure Tom Hardy would be just as compelling as Batman's nemesis. As you know, I'm not exactly a comic book fan so the only things I know about the characters are the ones presented in film, and maybe a few additional information people have told me. Consequently, I'm not sure who Tom Hardy's character really is, but that's what makes me excited. I'm looking forward to another action-packed Batman movie fighting a new villain.
The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most anticipated movie this year and I'm sure it will not disappoint. It has a lot to live up to, but I honestly think that it will be just as impressive. I am considering the fact that a huge part of what made The Dark Knight work was the presence of Heath Ledger as The Joker, and he will not be back. However, I think the sequel will be just fine and stand on its own. I do recognize that Heath Ledger's Joker was the highlight of the movie and the reason why I really enjoyed the movie. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.