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“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!”

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  1. July 5, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Ok…so I got what’s going on there ;)…now I just want to know what THAT’S supposed to mean! (the haverydenttoo.com website)

    I must say, this is shaping up to be a good movie indeed. I’m very excited about Gyllenhaal stepping up to the plate. I think she’s great!

    I definitely think that Ekhart has the right look for the part, we’ll just see if he plays it well. To be honest with you, I’ve never seen him in anything, so I’m basing his look on the still and the DA flyer you have posted.

    I love the first poster…not too crazy about the second one…that one looks photo shopped or something. First one is very cool though. I may have to get me one of those 😉

  2. jean pierre
    July 6, 2007 at 8:48 am

    hmmm… i’ve just looked at eckhart on the imdb and i can’t quite remember just how big his part was in a lot of his films. he’s just a guy who i’ve always noticed (you know how some actors you’re just unaware of even though they’re onscreen for hours). “the black dahlia” is one that he played a leading role in. he was good in that.

    those posters are very cool indeed, aren’t they? both of them. the first one seems quite reminiscent of the old black and white “docter jeckyll and mister hyde”…

  3. jean pierre
    July 6, 2007 at 9:31 am

    this guy, john barrymore, did an archetypal performance of mr. hyde in a 1920 silent film. here’s the link to the film on the imdb:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0011130/

    the pictures i found don’t depict him quite looking as the joker does in that poster – maybe there isn’t actually a shot where he looks like that, but that was my overall impression from the film.

    the resemblence is slightly ironic, of course, since two-face happens to appear in this one…

  4. July 6, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    So….I’m getting the impression that you are excited about this film….

    I feel the same way that you do about Dent. It would be nice to see them not try to cram multiple villains in and yet it did work okay with Batman Begins. I’m not sure about the casting either, but hopefully he will surprise us.

    The Joker posters look amazing. I look forward to seeing a very insane Joker, one who is much darker, more truly evil, as I have always seen the character this way. Funny, sure, but very evil as well.

  5. Kim
    July 6, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Ooo… the anticipation! I was so thrilled with Batman Forever after being disappointed with the prior franchise and it looks like they’ll keep the same dark feel for the sequel. And I love the ad campaign, what a creative way to keep the fans engaged.

  6. July 6, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    I assume you mean, Batman Begins, Kim, as Batman Forever was the worst of the prior franchise. Then again if you did like Batman Forever, please forgive me for sounding like a jerk and insulting you! I just personally didn’t like that one.

  7. jean pierre
    July 6, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    carl, do you think “batman forever” was worse than “batman & robin”?

    both were pretty poor, really. i still watch them ’cause i find batman fun. but i most definitely prefer the darker stuff!!! 🙂

    kim, i’m glad you’re excited about the new film too! and that you also like the ad campaign.

    and carl, i guess you could say i am excited about the new film. i’m not normally like this, but i just love batman. and i love what they’re doing with the new films.

    they’re by no means perfect. in fact there are a few things i don’t like about them. with the first i actually thought they had too many villains and that they rather cocked up the ra’s al gul story. not entirely, of course, but they could’ve done it better. and i’m also not totally a fan of the raspy voice either.

    but one can’t have everything one’s own way and the film was still very enjoyable. most importantly, it was dark! and as you say, thats the best way for ol’ pointy ears to be!

    and yes, i also hope the joker is evil too. very evil indeed…! 🙂

  8. Jeff S.
    July 7, 2007 at 2:43 am

    JP – great post. I really hadn’t been thinking of this movie yet and now after your two posts this week I’m jazzed up now looking forward to it. I’m much more excited about this coming out next summer than the Ironman movie.

    I’m also not excited with the choice of Aaron Eckhart but I guess I need to have a little faith in Nolan. I am really happy with the choice of Maggie G. she’s a wonderful actress. I just loved her in the recent movie Stranger than Fiction and wasn’t she also in Donnie Darko, too?

    I love the Harvey Dent campaign. I’m with you on the character development. I also hope they keep it just to him being Harvey Dent in this movie. They need to keep a less is more approach with the villians and don’t make the mistakes that Spider-Man 3 had with too many villians/characters and not spending enough time on any of them. I will side with you and Carl on my disappoitment with Spider-Man 3. I loved Spider-Man 2 though.

    It’s going to be great seeing your Batman updates this year. One of my favorite comic pencilers is Tim Sale. Have you read his Batman stories with Jeph Loeb. great stuff especially The Long Halloween.

  9. July 7, 2007 at 3:02 am

    No, you’re right, but of course I had erased all knowledge of Batman and Robin from my mind…thanks for the painful memories. Ha!

    I echo Jeff, Time Sale and Jeph Loeb are awesome together.

    Maggie G. was in Donnie Darko…playing the sister of her real life brother Jake G. She is so awesome and she’s fantastic in Stranger Than Fiction.

  10. jean pierre
    July 7, 2007 at 10:29 am

    yeah, i liked maggie g. (you may just have coined a new name for her there!) in both those films too. she was really good in a subtly challenging role in “stranger than fiction”.

    love “the long halloween”! very very cool indeed. i love how its so focused – how the two of them really are a team. it makes their vision much stronger and clearer. sadly thats all i’ve read by them, though.

    i’m glad you’re excited too, jeff.

    in the build-up i won’t be posting every little photo that comes through, i don’t want to over-hype the film, but now and then (when significant developments happen) i’ll post stuff. i won’t be giving plot elements away either, except for a more detailed premise perhaps, as i don’t want to know what happens in the film either.

    but more joker pics definitely be finding their way onto this blog! 🙂 and interviews and stuff.

    while we’re talking about batman and good bat books, have you guys read “arkham asylum”? that joker is particularly disturbing, isn’t he?

    of course, i also really like “dark knight returns” batman – i was flipping through my history of the batman book written by les daniels and he comments on miller’s joker being distinctly unfunny. i don’t own “the dark knight returns”, but so wish i did! i always think i should rather but something else that i haven’t yet read…

  11. Jeff S.
    July 8, 2007 at 4:27 am

    I read Arkham Asylum many years ago and I remember also getting that feeling about Joker. Sadly it been so long since I’ve read it I can’t remember the story details anymore. My wife and I also both dug the Dark Knight Returns.

    My favorite Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale work is Superman: A Man for all Seasons. The DC works by them are twice as good as the Marvel ones.

  12. July 9, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    I am pretty sure I’ve read Arkham Asylum as well, but its been awhile.

    Supes is a good one, Jeff. I like Spiderman:Blue as well.

  13. jean pierre
    July 9, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    if i remember correctly, in “arkham asylum” the inmates escape and hold the doctors hostage. they force batman to come into the asylum and run (their own, wackily modified) tests on him to determine his sanity.

    theres this one moment i absolutely love when joker gives batman the rorschach test. he flashes him the card and even if one doesn’t see it immediately on a subconscious level on recognises that it looks a bit like a bat. joker says “what do you see?”. now this is where the comic is laid out so well, because rather than have batman’s answers on a panel or on the opposite page, you actually have to page over to see his answer. and you’re met with a giant splash of a very realistic bat flying toward you to represent what batman sees. the overleaf splash is such a brilliant surprise. and then, to make it cooler, batman says something like, “i don’t see anything”. all cool. haha! doesn’t give anything away! love it!

    i’m glad your wife liked “dark knight” too – its brilliant when our other halves like cool books that we like 🙂 i think she’s got good taste! 😉

    i’m gonna have to check out the supes one, then. i like superman and don’t read enough superman stories, so that sounds like a good one!

    i’ve heard of the spidey one and the dd yellow. what happens in the spidey one carl?

  14. Jeff S.
    July 9, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    I have always felt lucky that my wife enjoys comics, scifi, fanatasy, etc. like I do. I hear a lot of other guys complain how there wives don’t like any of the stuff they do and I’m always amzaed at what other common interests must have brought those couples together. My wife and I are truely are friends who enjoy many of the same interests which makes our love run that much deeper. Ok now I’m getting a little sappy here. 🙂

  15. Jeff S.
    July 9, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    JP – CHeck out your about me and who’t this pages. I posted some responses over there to you too.

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