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Addressing Concerns Over Nolan's Final Batman Film
Without a doubt, a majority of movie goers are ecstatic about the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. While many of us have been patiently waiting for the epic finale, I've noticed that there are a few people out there who are concerned for the final film. Over the last few months, I've heard several concerns regarding the film, so I thought it would be appropriate to address some of these right now. I want to make a stand before the film comes out!
This has to be one of the major concerns people have regarding the film, and I honestly I have no idea why. Anne Hathaway is a tremendous actress. She always does an outstanding job in her roles and she's incredible to watch. While not all of her films are master-pieces, she always does a stupendous job in the role she's cast in. In terms of Selina Kyle, people have accused her of being too innocent for the role which makes absolutely no sense to me. She's an actress...she's going to act the role of Selina Kyle, not act as herself. Moreover, she receives major kudos for actually reading some of the comics and source material for her character. Anne Hathaway will do an incredible job as Catwoman. Whether or not the character of Selina Kyle is necessary for the film is a different discussion entirely. Sources indicate Nolan was hesitant about adding Selina Kyle into the story until his brother convinced him that she would need to be a necessary addition to have. Eventually, Nolan gave in to the idea and cast the lovely Anne Hathaway.
My Stance: Anne Hathaway will pull off the perfect Catwoman for Nolan's final Bat flick. Whether or not her character is necessary in terms of narrative is a different discussion to have.
CONCERN: "Bane's Supposed To Be Huge!" and "He's not a good choice for the final villain"
This is another major concern I hear in forums. People love complaining about how 'small' Tom Hardy is compared to the Bane seen in the comics. First and foremost, this is a Nolan film. As we all know, it's grounded in reality, and the idea of a huge lucha-dora villain being pumped with Venom would look completely ridiculous if translated onto film. What Nolan did with the character is what he does best: design his own interpretation of the villain. Bane is a sinister, violent, aggressive, and intelligent individual. Tom Hardy's Bane carries all those attributes with a terrorist mentality. Nolan's interpretation of Bane is actually scarier and more horrific than I thought it would be. As a matter of fact, I'd love if DC Comics began incorporating the Tom Hardy image in the comics (just like Marvel did with Sam Jackson's Nick Fury). Another complaint is that Bane is not a good villain choice for the final film. I will admit, I was hesitant when I first heard the announcement of Bane. Like most fans, I was hoping for Dr. Hugo Strange. After seeing the trailers, however, and gaining insight as to why Nolan chose Bane, I now understand and appreciate it a lot more than I did before. Strange would have been a psychological battle. With Bane, it's still psychological, but also a lot more aggressive in terms of brutality. It's a great final hurdle for Bruce Wayne. Overall, Bane is pure evil, with a motive to annihilate everything that stands in his way. It's the perfect fit for the Dark Knight's final foe.
My Stance: Bane is bad-ass. Hardy was definitely the perfect fit.
CONCERN: It's Eight Years Later and a lot of the realism has washed away
Finally, many are concerned over the time period in which the film takes place, and how this affects the gritty realism we have seen in the other two films. I think having the film take place eight years after the The Dark Knight was an incredibly smart move on Nolan's part. We have a much older Bruce Wayne who has been dealing with pain and loss for years. We get to see how the decisions he made in the second installment have impacted not only Gotham, but Bruce Wayne as a character. Bruce made a ballsy move by taking the blame for Dent's actions, and we get to see how the outcome of this decision long-term. Sure, he cleaned up the city, but how is he dealing with it? How has Bruce been managing without the Batman in his life? How is Gordon handling telling a lie for nearly a decade? What are the consequences of someone finding out the truth, possibly someone like Bane? These are all questions the film will hopefully answer.
One concern I did have initially, is how the realism will carry on if the story took place eight years from now. How can the realism survive with something like 'The Bat' flying around Gotham? I was concerned until the trailers were released. The realism still seems to be one of the underlying factors of the film. Nolan has, however, expanded in terms of epic scale. The battles in the streets, a hostile city-wide take over by terrorists, a black militant aircraft dodging missiles over buildings, a fusion reactor that can level down a football stadium, and the kidnapping of Bruce Wayne. I still believe the realism is there, it's just on a bigger level. Nolan has pulled out the final guns, and he's not holding back.
My Stance: Good choice by Nolan to have the story pushed out eight years. I still think we'll have the gritty realism we love so much.
Overall Consensus: In Nolan We Trust
I really don't understand how a select few are not excited for this film. It's the epic finale we've been waiting for. Yes, I did question some of the choices Nolan made initially, but after seeing the trailers, all I can say is WOW. Nolan hasn't made one bad film. Everything he does is done with creative purpose. Nolan also has an incredible story, an amazing cast, and the opportunity to end one of the greatest trilogies of all time. Rest assured, I'll be leaving the midnight IMAX opening with a grin from ear to ear.
P.S. - Saw this online, thought it was funny:
Warner Bros: You don't owe these people anymore. You've given them everything!
Christopher Nolan: Not everything, not yet.