“the dark knight”
“the dark knight” is being released in more than a year and already i can’t wait. i don’t usually get too excited about these things. i’m normally just happy that a particular film is being made and will see it when it comes out. sometimes i start getting hyped about a month or two beforehand. this is different.
“batman begins” was so promising that i was really looking forward to the next batman film. and then the ad campaign started and now i am literally salivating at the prospect of “the dark knight”!
so what do we know about the new film? well, all the guys from the first return (caine, oldman, freeman and, of course, bale), except for katie holmes, an exclusion that i know some of you will be quite happy about. in her place comes maggie gyllenhaal who is terrific and will suit the mood perfectly. i’m actually mystified as to why she wasn’t cast in the first place?!
the villain is the joker and harvey dent is also introduced. at this stage we don’t know if dent will do his doctor jeckyll thing in this film, but if warner bros can keep it in their pants they’ll save it for the next film and actually do some c.h.a.r.a.c.t.e.r. development. i had to spell that out because it would seem that some people at sony, tristar and marvel can’t read…
aaron eckhart as two face is a casting that i still don’t know about (you all know what i think about ledger – if you don’t i wrote a whole post about it on tuesday). two-face isn’t as hard to play as joker, of course, but i still wonder. eckhart has the straight-up qualities that are needed for dent, but how is he going to be as two-face? well, i guess we’re just going to have to trust ol’ nolan.
two things do give me heart with regards to eckhart though. firstly, he’s a very solid performer. he’s good at what he does and i’ve always felt quite happy with his performances. and the other is that we’ve still seen relatively little of his range. he’s only really been on the scene since “erin brokovitch” and so has only had so many opportunities to experiment. i’m giving him and nolan the benefit of the doubt that there’s something more to mr eckhart that we haven’t seen before.
actually, theres a third. he’s not bloody tommy lee jones! sorry, thats not quite fair – i do think if tommy had been given the chance and the right direction he could’ve done a much better job. but what i mean is, whatever happens nolan isn’t going to do a schumacher on us!
so what else do we know? well, not much really studio stills are slowly being released and to date there are five. here are three of them. the other two are of the motor bike but i couldn’t find one that i could use – if you want to see it its at imdb. (i’m not posting the joker pic that steeef (stephane) added a link to in tuesday’s comments section. it was actually just a picture of heath ledger that some bloke photoshopped.)
the batsuit is pretty cool. i’d prefer something more retro, but i don’t really mind. as long as you don’t put bloody nipples on the thing you can’t go too far wrong…
very sneaky…! the bastards! we can’t see anything…! still, its cool. one thing we can see though is that old joker is going to be wearing a suit. its hard to tell whats going on with that lipstick (whether its smeared or not). the eyes still seem cavernous, though, which is cool!
this is badass. i like it.
here are two posters for the film. they look a little more conventional, but still very cool!
its hard to know just exactly how the joker will be looking throughout the film, but as posters they’re very cool.
the ad campaign for this film is a work of genius in my opinion.
the official web address of “the dark knight” is http://thedarkknight.warnerbros.com/and if you click on it you get redirected to this image:
the http reads: ibelieveinharveydent.com. i love the idea of a fake campaign for harvey dent as district attorney! i was already thrilled with this subtle type of promotion, i didn’t need anything else, but then they took it up a notch and made it a little better! a website with the url ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com came out. people had to send in emails and slowly it uncovered the first image of the joker (which i posted on tuesday). that kind of audience interaction is brilliant. its a very small thing to do, but it generates anticipation so well.
this image was also circulated, which i love:
i was already loving the ad campaign, and they added a little extra twist which was the thing that pushed my anticipation over the edge! everyone was rushing like mad to the ibelieveinharveydenttoo site, wanting to see the pic of the joker. the campaign was working, and then what did they do? they pulled the picture and made the site go down… or so we thought.
go to:http://www.ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com/and have a sneak around…!
i’m sure some of you already know whats going on there, but for the benefit of those who don’t i wont say anything just yet.
have i said it yet? “I CAN’T WAIT!”