(2005) dir. Christopher Nolan
viewed: 06/30/05 at Loews Metreon Theatres, SF, CA
Though I enjoyed this version of Batman, I haven’t really thought of much to say about it.
I think that Christopher Nolan did a respectable job here, creating a version of the story that has a very believable human angle to it, something about it is pretty convincing. It’s dark and heavy and spends a lot of time re-working the “origin” of Batman. That is almost a knock against it, though it does do a good job at the process of re-telling a story that you know 90% of already. The film really does well considering the potential set-back of all the backstory.
Christian Bale is very potentially the best Batman yet performed. He’s surely got the best build of anyone who’s played the part.
I am encouraged that there will be sequels. This film promises things to come, though hopefully by that time Katie Holmes will be otherwise engaged (no, actually the pun was not intended). She’s a smirky young person, not yet adult, not much of an actress, as far as I can tell.
Joel Schumacher be damned.