Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Dallas Ross, Jonathan Colbon and Ian Fults
Podcast length: 1:03:19
The Christopher Nolan Dark Knight series (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) was a big departure from the previous Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher films, and for Rem it was a welcome change. As Dallas explains in the show, the Nolan movies were an attempt (and a successful one) to show us a very realistic and plausible Batman character. The series demonstrated good continuity with consistent casting in Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine, and the storylines were much less ‘over the top’ than previous Batman stories. Each movie tells a story big in scope and painstakingly works to do justice to the Batman character.
We all agreed Heath Ledger was the stand out actor of the entire series, and also found The Dark Knight Rises to be the weakest of the trio. Dallas thought the story at times was too grounded in reality at times, missing some of the comic book flare from Burton/Schumacher films. Christian Bale’s voice change while in the Batman costume seemed a bit overdone, and each of the films could have benefitted from tighter editing, each film was 12 minutes longer than the previous, and by the time we get to The Dark Knight Rises, it’s hard to keep interested. The story seems flat and we never seem to get where we want to go.
Whether you’re a Batman fan or not, you’ll very likely enjoy the series, but you’ll want to watch all three movies (in order) to get the whole picture. We rank The Dark Knight the best, followed by Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises at the bottom. Watch them in order and enjoy the brilliance that is the late Heath Ledger.
Christian Bale – Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine – Alfred
Gary Oldman – Jim Gordon
Katie Holmes – Rachel Dawes
Maggie Gyllenhall – Rachel Dawes
Aaron Eckhart – Harvey Dent/Two Face
Heath Ledger – Joker
Rutger Hauer – Earle
Liam Neeson – Ducard
Morgan Freeman – Lucius Fox
Marion Cotillard – Miranda
Tom Hardy – Bane
Joesph Gordon- Levitt – Blake
Anne Hathaway – Selina
Cillian Murphy – Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Ken Watanabe – Ra’s Al Ghul
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