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Batman reviews start to come in

- July 16th, 2012

This week belongs to Batman, as the focus of the pop-culture world shifts to the release of The Dark Knight Rises on Thursday at midnight.

Bruce Kirkland gave the third chapter of Christoper Nolan’s trilogy a very positive review, which you can read here.

Nolan has done a good job, but his movies are a bit too bleak for my tastes. In my mind, Michael Keaton will always be Batman.

Besides, at the rate Hollywood is going, we won’t have to wait long before the Batman franchise is rebooted yet again.

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5 comments

  1. Charlotte says:

    Okay, let’s get this ‘reboot’ word out of the way.

    The art form most closely associated with movies already has a word for putting on the same show with different actors: a revival.

    Movies don’t get rebooted, they get revivals.

  2. dan.brown says:

    I think re-bonded is a more accurate description. That is, every franchise is now like the James Bond series, with a new actor periodically taking over the lead role.

    But you know my preference is for re-releases, not revivals or reboots. Do we really need a new version of Total Recall? Why not just re-release the first one, it’s fine just the way it is

  3. pinkypie says:

    I have an idea. Why don’t some really talented people come up with a whole new idea and story all on their own. Doesn’t anyone have anything original out there? Why is the public satisfied with re-releases, re-boots, revivals, next generations and prequels. Surely I’m not the only one who would like something new…

  4. Charlotte says:

    @ Pinkypie

    Do you really complain that Stratford puts on the same plays written hundreds of years ago?

    Or that the Louvre has dozens of paintings of reclining, spoiled women?

    Or that Roman mythology is just Greek mythology with different names?

    There is nothing wrong with ‘remaking’ a movie from an artistic point of view (okay, maybe the ‘shot for shot’ remake of Psycho was uncalled for…) It will always tell a slightly different story, hopefully one that’s more relevant to modern audiences. (Does anyone really think that Adam West’s Batman should spend eternity as the ‘definitive Batman’?) Sure, plenty of ‘remakes’ get it wrong, but plenty of ‘original’ movies stink too.

    (Personally, I’d like to see poorly done movies remade into something grand. Sometimes a great idea just gets buried in crap and is lost.)

  5. pinkypie says:

    @ Charlotte
    You and I will have to agree to disagree on this one. Although I was speaking to movies specifically, theatre and the art world could use some re-vamping, IMHO. But concerning the re-making of the movies, it’s like they just keep doing the same thing over and over till they “get it right”. It’s like sooner or later everyone will take a liking to one of the versions and then they can call the original idea a “hit”. Everyone isn’t supposed to like everything. Sometimes I watch what I consider a “bad” movie just so I can understand all the hype. I don’t for one minute expect them to keep doing it over and over till I like it. I think there is a real lack of imagination and talent out there.

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