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Favorite Scene From A Movie
The scene from Battle Royale when: Nanahara empties half a TMP clip into Kitano and then Kitano rises and fires a mocked up M1911 water gun at Nanahara who reacts to the water gun by firing the rest of the TMP clip at Kitano. After about a minute Kitano's phone rings and he gets up, acting like he was never shot, answers his phone and goes and has a seat on a couch.
Posted on 01/19/11 05:36 PM | Last edited on 01/19/11 05:36 PM
To start off this will be FILLED to the brim with spoilers for the Dark Knight and Batman Begins, so read with caution if you haven't seen them. My title may be a bit misleading, but I think it gets the point across. I don't understand why Nolan is making this movie, and his choice in villians is atrocious. So first off I will admit that I hate what Nolan is doing with Batman. It's not that he's making terrible movies, although I really disliked Batman Begins, it's that he's making a DC Hero more realistic and he's making up his own stories as he goes. See DC was always a lot more sci-fi heavy and you had things like aliens, and other dimensions and time-travelers and all kinds of other shit. Trying to make that into something it isn't, a real thing, is just generally a really moronic idea. That said, he did a pretty good job with the Joker, I still prefer Mark Hamill's Joker, but that's beside the point. He did fucking terrible with Ra's al Ghul however. Here is quote from wikipedia regarding Ra's origin: "As told in Birth of the Demon, Ra's al Ghul is born over 600 years before his first appearance in Batman comics, to a tribe of nomads in a desert somewhere in Arabia, near a city whose inhabitants' ancestors have journeyed to the Arabian Peninsula from China." Take note of two things in this quote. 1. He's over 600 years old. 2. He's of arabian descent. In Batman Begins, Christian Bale goes to Bhutan, which is east of India not in the Middle East, and trains ninjitsu with Ra's Al Ghul, who is a white Liam Neeson and who ends up dieing. Apart from that, which I admit is a little nitpicky, the story arc of "contamination" in the batman comics was about "the clench" virus or the thing from Batman Begins. Take into account this paragraph from http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Batman:_Legacy:
"It concerns the returning outbreak of a lethal disease in Gotham City, and Batman's attempts to combat it with his closest allies by discovering its origin in the Middle East. There, Batman faces two of his deadliest foes: Ra's al Ghul, who created the virus centuries ago, and Bane, the man who broke him. The Gotham Knights travel throughout the world as they race to stop The League of Assassins from releasing their pure strain of the virus across the globe, and Gotham itself becomes arena for a rematch between Bane and the Dark Knight." So when did that happen in Batman Begins. Also I might add to my previous statement, about how Ra's Al Ghul in comics is Nothing like Liam Neeson in Batman Begins, this quote: "Eventually, a way to eliminate the Clench virus is deduced from an ancient "Wheel of Plagues" artifact whose knowledge has aided Ra's in the creation of the disease. But the immortal madman again eludes his foes" Wait a minute I thought he died when they crashed the train, into the... Oh Wait he's immortal. The point I'm making here is that Nolan and Goyer are really bad at picking and adapting villians. To spell it out for you, Ra's Al Ghul is a very interesting villian, but a terrible Batman villian for the realistic batman movies, because he's immortal and he's been alive for hundreds of years, therefore 100% impossible to be a real thing. Also they didn't address his backstory AT ALL, and fucked up everything else about him, other than his reasoning for releasing "the clench".
Moving on, I personally thought The Dark Knight was a pretty good ending. It got rid of three of the biggest Batman villians, Two-face, The Joker and Scarecrow. I mean they did a better job at adapting the Joker, even though Harley Quinn wasn't there, and it still wasn't a very good job. They Really messed up Two-Face, who I might add has been a Batman Villian for oh just 69 years. Even Batman Forever did a better job with adapting Two-Face and Batman Forever sucked. Oh and hey They messed up Scarecrow real bad too, but I'm done talking about that. What I was getting at was The Dark Knight was the perfect closure, he got most of the big memorable bad guys, what else could Batman do in Gotham. oh apparently "Rise"...
Lastly, what the fuck are they going to do with this new movie. They identified the villians a couple days ago, that is probably what pissed me off and got me writing this blog, as Bane and the Catwoman. The first reason that is stupid is the fact that Bane and The Catwoman, have never, ever done anything together. Two Bane's most notorious stunt is breaking Arkham Asylum and releasing a lot of other criminals, three of which, The Joker, Two-face, and Scarecrow, are dead or imprisoned, and then he breaks Batman's back. This forces a new Batman to take over, who sort of abandons Robin. That whole side-plot can't happen, because Robin hasn't been introduced yet, and would be way to much for one movie. i mean there are several character Arc's involved which would take more than 2 hours to accomplish. Add Catwoman into the mix and oh jeez. Another big Bane stunt, is with Ra's al Ghul, the whole "the clench" thing, but that apparently already happened. So wait what other things did Bane do, umm he fought in the battle of Metropolis and he killed some drug lords. At this point you must be trying to follow my train of thought, and here is where i'm going. There isn't a possible Bane plot to make realistic,other then the first one, so they are going to probably change a bunch of shit around. Oh yeah and Tom Hardy is going to be Bane. Tom Hardy is skinny, 6 ft and looks kind of like an underwear model. Bane is an ugly 5,6 ft muscular criminal who takes a drug called Venom which makes him about 6,8 ft tall and gives him muscles like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I mean Bane and Hardy are practically the same person, who am I kidding. Well onto catwoman, who is Anne Hathaway... What the Fuck. Well point here is bad casting is bad.
Well they could maybe make an interesting story, but it wouldn't be an adaptation or anything related to Batman, or even a reimagining of anything related to Batman. It would be some random ass story that Nolan and Goyer threw together with some pretty recognizable Batman villians. The Dark Knight was good, because of it's excellent acting, no offence Dark Knight fanboys, but the plot was pretty dumb. Partially due to the fact that they messed up Two-Face real hard and made him into a cardboard cutout versus the interesting villian he was in the comics. The Dark Knight Rises, is missing it's two great actors, Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger. They have been replaced by Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy. Neither of which are really exceptional actors.
So I'll end this with a question. What is all the Hype for? From all the super-hero movies coming out in the next couple years, most of which look stupider than shit, do you really think that The Dark Knight rises, is going to be any different. Bane is a drug addict, Catwoman is a vigilante. Nothing super thought provoking about that. Personally I feel as though Nolan should stick to original movies, The Prestige, Memento and inception were all creative and awesome. Why does he have to stomp all over the Batman franchise, take it out of it's universe and make dribble out of interesting characters. toss a comment down there is you want to debate anything or whatever, and Thanks For Reading.