The Dark Knight

I am not a big fan of movies made from comic book heroes. I liked the Spiderman movies, but I suspect that 3 is enough. The very first Superman movie was unique (the Christopher Reeves one), but the others were not of much interest. And for me, the first group of Batman movies went from bad to truly awful. I didn't like the first Batman movie, the one with Jack Nicholson as the Joker, and I watched only a portion of the Batman and Robin movie, the one with Arnold, and it was bad in the extreme. All that being said, I really liked the start over, the Batman Begins movie. The casting was great, the mood dark and gloomy (like the comics) and the execution and pace just right.

This one, however, was not as wonderful for me. The original cast was back, with Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman, and Heath Ledger was truly awesome as the Joker, but the story just wasn't right. As was the very first Batman movie, this movie was about the Joker, not the Batman. In fact, Batman did nothing. He never 'acted' he only 'reacted', and not very quickly. The Joker seemed to be everywhere at all times, Batman was nowhere. We saw scene after scene of Batman going back and forth in his car or on his motorcycle trying to catch the Joker, who seemed to bounce from one part of town to another with ease. I was waiting for the Batman to take charge, but he never did.

One bit of miscasting, Maggie Gyllanhaal. Maggie is one of my favorite young actresses, quirky and different, independent and smart. But this role called for none of those traits. It was strictly eye-candy. Katie Holmes filled the part to perfection in Batman Begins, she should have done the part again.