What I thought: My only exposure to Batman prior to this movie was an old series I found on dvd somewhere.
The Batman I expected (cheesy special effects, cheesier lines, lots of theme song-filled chase sequences, and the familiar sidekick Robin) was nowhere to be found.
Before heading to the theater my boyfriend and I watched Batman Begins.
It was helpful to know a bit more about the characters prior to watching The Dark Knight, though not necessary.
This quick intro to the “new” Batman helped me get over my shock at the changes.
What, no Robin? They don’t call his car the Batmobile? No one ever yells “to the Batcave!?”
I missed these quirky touches that I thought defined Batman.
But the new movies were definitely good enough that I could almost forgive them for cutting my favorite character, which is saying something.
Overall, The Dark Knight was satisfying, though I left the theater wishing Batman could have been more obviously a good guy.
Even when he was fighting evil there was too much darkness surrounding him for me to feel as safe as one should at the end of a superhero movie.
Best moments: Any scene with Lucius Fox tended to break the tension and re-instill the audiences’ hope in Batman.
There was one scene where two boats were given detonators by the Joker, and left to blow each other up, with the warning that if one wasn’t detonated by midnight he would press a detonator for both bombs. One boat held innocent civilians; the other was full of convicts from serious felons.
The Joker considered it a humorous psychological experiment to see which boat would blow the other up first.
The end result was amazing, but far from humorous.
I also liked the comparisons of Gotham to Ancient Rome (a powerful metropolis in need of a hero) but by the end these references felt over-used.
– Elaine Parmelee is a rising junior at West High