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Nostalgia on a Dark Knight

I saw Batman Begins a few nights ago. Awesome movie, much darker and more serious than the previous 2 travesties. Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, and Cillian Murphy all turn in wonderful performances, and it's interesting to see Oldman and Neeson switch their usual villain-hero roles. Whoever cast Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, Lucius Fox and Alfred Pennyworth respectively, was a genius. Both men are perfect in they're selected role, and I hope both come back in the sequels. The only hiccup is Christian Bale. He makes a great Batman, but his Bruce Wayne seems a little stilted. Then again, it's been said that Bruce Wayne is simply Batman's day job, so it's almost fitting that part of the character is a bit disjointed and unfinished. Besides, he has the abs of a god, so a slightly jolting performance can be over-looked. I won't give anything away, save that if you like Batman, you should go see this movie.

Now for the rumor side of things. Seems the director has signed on for 2 more movies. And has been hinting that my two favorite villains, The Joker and Harley Quinn will be in the next one. Here's hoping they come out as the darker versions from the comic books. The other big rumor? Mark Hamill, who voiced The Joker in the animated series, is the leading candidate for Mr. J in the movie. Don't know how I feel about that one; I'd like to see someone a little more twisted for the role. And if they screw up Harley like they did on that stupid TV show, I'll have to kill more than the normal number of people.

An odd side-effect occurred after the movie. I've gone back and torrented the old animated series. I forgot how good it was. It's not as dark as the books, but I really like the way most of the characters came out. The Mad Hatter, The Riddler, Ra's Al Ghul; all came out very well. And of course, any series that can spawn what became the truly twisted Ms. Quinn scores brownie points.
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