EDITORIAL: Expressing My Love For THE DARK KNIGHT Trilogy

We all know the Dark Knight Trilogy. Some hate it, some love it. But we all have a strong opinion on it. It seems to be one of the most highly debated CBM trilogies out there. Well, BatmanHeisenberg is here to throw more coal into the fire with his analogy of TDKT! Hit the jump for more!

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By BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014



I said this in my X-Men article, and I’ll say it here. READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE COMMENTING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE TRYING TO TROLL. I hate reiterating that, but I’ll have to from now on for my controversial editorials.

 

I loved The Dark Knight trilogy. I consider it to be one epic, amazing overlapping film. I love how interwoven and grand the story is, and how much thought was put into the intentions of the characters. I will break it down on into several different topics, so enjoy!

Themes:


Each chapter in the sage had a main THEME. Batman Begins fear, The Dark Knight corruption, The Dark Knight Rises, well, rising. I’ll break it down by each film:




Batman Begins main theme was fear. Almost everyone in the film used it. It was used to further the characters agenda. It was also apparent in the plot. Batman felt fear for a long time, and decided to stop living in fear, and confront it, and use it. Also, the general livelihood(I wouldn’t call it lively, but still…) of Gotham City was corrupted with fear. The villain’s ultimate plot was to engulf everyone in fear using a concentrated fear gas.


The Dark Knight’s main theme was corruption. The mob controlled what seemed to be everything in Gotham. Only Batman and Gordon could truly be incorruptible. The White Knight, Harvey Dent, was corrupted so deeply that he became a major focal point in TDKR. He was pure in a way, and the true corruptible force, Joker, proved he could tear him down. It was interesting to see the dynamic of everyone involved in Gotham, and how complex the corrupt government and general populace was.


The Dark Knight Rises’ main theme was rising. After the Dent Act was sworn in, Gotham was, on the surface, rising. It was no longer corrupt, and Batman was gone. But after Bane took over Gotham, Bruce had to rise. But not just in a physical sense(out of the pit), but in a more psychological sense. He had to restore his mind to take down the corruption and fear threatening to pour into him as it once did.


Acting:


Everyone gave an amazing performance in these films. The most notable of course are Hardy, Bale and Ledger, but also the other roles were so perfectly done by the actors/actresses. I especially appreciate Hardy and Eckhart. I feel like they are overlooked a lot. Ledger was perfect, sure, but I feel that we should appreciate everyone across the board.




But I feel like everyone gives credit to the supporting characters. But what about Bale? He was brilliant in the role. He gave Bruce life, he was sympathetic. And he made the sacrifice continually. Also, Oldman is seriously underrated in my opinion. He evolved through each film, go up the ladder, and I loved how Oldman portrayed that. I loved how everyone portrayed their characters.

 

Story:
 

Isn’t it cool how they overlapped the story? I think so. I like how each sequel took serious effect of their predecessor. The Dark Knight took the events of Batman Begins and evolved into something new. The Dark Knight Rises took the events of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and evolved and took the next step. This doesn’t just craft a great tale, it’s just great filmmaking.




The Dark Knight Trilogy had a great overlapping story, but I also loved how individual the stories felt to. They felt so different. I love that. Each film had a mission with it’s story, and each film sold it perfectly.


Reality Approach:

 

Now, a lot of fans hate this, but I am not one of them. I feel it was perfect for what they were trying to do. I like how they made it feel like it could take place in the real world. I feel like it benefitted from this more than anything.

Soundtrack:


It’s amazing, and it contributes AMAZINGLY to the whole damn thing. ‘nuff said.


Color Choices:


Wait-What? Yes, the color choices. The films had a certain color, and I thought it played well with the plot and setting and everything. Batman Begins main color was brown and black, The Dark Knight was blue and black, and The Dark Knight Rises white and black. I feel like these colors looked great to.





Well, that’s all from me. What did you think of The Dark Knight Trilogy? Do you agree, disagree? Sound off in the usual place!

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Interestein - 3/25/2014, 6:51 PM
Great article, I completely agree.
I was never a fan of Bale as Bruce Wayne or Batman though, I'm glad we're getting a larger and more grizzled Batman in MOS2.
MightOfMagneto - 3/25/2014, 7:19 PM
The Best trilogy!

ALmazing - 3/25/2014, 7:20 PM
I loved BB and the Dark knight, I have my issues with TDKR but its still
the greatest CBM trilogy of all time.

MercwithMouth - 3/25/2014, 7:24 PM
Skimmed so far, looks good. Gave you a thumb. I'll comment in detail soon.
MightOfMagneto - 3/25/2014, 7:25 PM
The best cbm trilogy!

I'll place TDKT behind the Bourne trilogy.

So for me

1. Bourne Trilogy
2. TDKT
3. X-men
4. Raimi's SPiderman
Kong - 3/25/2014, 7:26 PM
I like the article Nice analogy of a wonderful series. IMHO the best CBM trilogy ever made. These films are not only good Comic Book Movies, but good movies in general. This movie would be just as great if some random original nolan characters were replaced with the Batman characters. I think TDK is closer to winning an Oscar for best picture than any other CBM in history. It's entertaining, has a great plot, and has amazing acting. After the articles you've posted today I think it's fair to say that your username is now "flamewarlighter123"
feedonatreefrog - 3/25/2014, 7:32 PM
Far and away my three favorite CBMs.
Snotzo - 3/25/2014, 7:32 PM
"Gotham, take control of your city."
ForeverPowerful - 3/25/2014, 7:37 PM
Batman Begins is still my favorite comic book movie of all time. I worry that people bash these amazing films just because they are over with (sadly). Nice article.
GliderMan - 3/25/2014, 7:41 PM
Forever wondering what Nolan would have done with the Riddler...
Moohika - 3/25/2014, 8:05 PM
Amazing movies with amazing characters, however...Bales' Batman was not so amazing.
Moohika - 3/25/2014, 8:07 PM
@MightofThor
Yes TDK and Bourne trilogies are tied for my #1 spot
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/25/2014, 8:11 PM
One of the greatest trilogies of all time in general. Though I didn't like the ending for TDKR, all 2 hours and 40 minutes behind it were epic.
batz11 - 3/25/2014, 8:19 PM
LOVED the trilogy...BB and TDK are so close to #1 cbm of all time for me, hell, if I didn't lean Marvel and love the MCU, both could slip ahead of the Avengers and Iron Man for me...I'm one of the minority (cbm.com) who really liked TDKR too..hopefully Cap2 is up there...just made a comment the other day...rewatched TDK, the chase scene with Dent in the armored truck-seeing the semi-truck flip, the incredible Batpod scene coming out of the Tumbler (love the vertical turn up the wall as well) leading to Joker getting caught and him in jail - classic interrogation scene, just amazing movie moments!

batz11 - 3/25/2014, 8:26 PM
Great editorial by the way...I was gonna say the soundtracks for all three movies are a few of the greatest tracks in cinema history...also, imagine if Heath didn't pass and we got to see the Joker in the TDKR, even as a sub-villain story-wise. I do realize, Heath's Joker was such a scene stealer (as I thought Hathaway was in TDKR - I'm proud to have endorsed her the moment is was announced, haha), it would be tough to have his arc over-shadowed by the Bane/Talia plot...I'm happy with how it ended as well...Batman saving the city, retiring and passing the mantle to Robin...I'm kinda a romantic, so the cafe scene of Bruce, Selina and Alfred, loved it!
bropous - 3/25/2014, 8:36 PM
Heisenberg, after reading your "article", I have just one question to ask:

Is English your second, or possibly third language, and if not, did you pay much attention in English Grammar and Composition classes?

I think it a fair question.
bropous - 3/25/2014, 8:38 PM
And Dork Knight Runs was an absolute TRAINWRECK only Nolanites would love.

That was NOT Batman.

The Bat-Man would have NEVER run off to France with a criminal.

The movie undermined the entire premise of Batman Begins and Dark Knight.

Pathetic.
Mike89 - 3/25/2014, 8:38 PM
Best CBM trilogy ever. Theres really no other CBM trilogy that comes close.
Tevii - 3/25/2014, 8:42 PM
Batman Begins - excellent batman movie

The Dark Knight - the single most overrated movie in history. Its unbearable to watch its so boring... EXCEPT the whole 15 minutes of Joker air time.

The Dark Knight Rises - not the bore-fest that The dark knight is, picked it up a notch, but RIDDLED with plotholes.

Overall - an immensely overrated trilogy that does have its moments of greatness
TheRealDorkKnight - 3/25/2014, 8:44 PM
Batman begins is great the dark knight is my favourite batman movie to date. But the dark knight rises is horrendous. There's my two cents
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/25/2014, 8:44 PM
BatManHeisenberg
I guess my comic book purist side came out. I didn't like how Batman gave up the mantle at such a young age and how Blake took over.
superbatspiderman - 3/25/2014, 8:45 PM
All three of the Dark Knight movies are in my favorite movies list and all three of them have some of my all time favorite movie scenes. The Dark Knight is probably the best of them even though I love each one for different reasons. The Dark Knight is not only the greatest CBM ever but it is also one of the greatest action movies and just movies in general of all time.
Maniac - 3/25/2014, 8:46 PM
My love for The Dark Knight Trilogy is unconditional.

On a side note, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was phenomenal!
Mike89 - 3/25/2014, 8:47 PM
BatManHeisenberg

Probably because there wasn't enough slap stick comedy with tons and tons of Splosions for him.
GodzillaKart - 3/25/2014, 8:50 PM
The trilogy did some amazing things, and the middle film was truly great.

Bale's casting as Batman and the writing created a terrible lead, IMO, and will forever be one of the greatest missed opportunities in CBM history.
daadamo - 3/25/2014, 8:50 PM
The first two were spectacular, the third was not. For me the question is; when you watch it more than once, does it get better each time? The first two do, the third does not.
Tevii - 3/25/2014, 8:53 PM
well i could go on forever as i have in past posts... but The Dark knight drags, its about 20 minutes too long. Two-Face was wasted, they couldve easily had the same impact and accomplished what they needed with the character with JUST Harvey Dent, then RIGHT before the credits role, he wakes up in the hospital and you see hes now two-face...also setting up a third movie. it felt as if it had a double climax. very messy. In my opinion ONLY, an amazing performance by Ledger seems to have fooled people into thinking that its a great movie.

TDKR has too many plotholes to go into... you can find lists of the plotholes all over the web.... nevermind the outright mistakes such as how the heck did wayne get BACK into gotham when it was on lockdown?

Ig "Gotham" is related to the nolan films then that is the only DC series i cant wait gets cancelled. WB needs to let the Nolan batman go. People seem to have loved it , but let someone else breathe new life into the character
batman1216 - 3/25/2014, 8:53 PM
Fantastic article and you give the haters too much credit by even mentioning them. Best comic book movie trilogy and one of the best movie trilogies in history period. All due respect to Avengers, Ironman, Spidey 2, X2 and all other great comic movies, but these films are on another level. They were mature, well acted, brilliantly directed and transcended what comic movies can be. Despite the hate TDKR gets, it has easily been better than any comic movie released since.
GAC - 3/25/2014, 8:54 PM
Bropous is a complete tool. His posts are to be ignored.
princevegeta31 - 3/25/2014, 8:55 PM
I love Nolan's Batman Trilogy! One of the best trilogy...hands down.
If it wasn't for the vision of Nolan, WB/DC would have being rotting in their graves!
batman1216 - 3/25/2014, 8:56 PM
Marvel Studios movies have created a great and entertaining cinematic universe, but so far none of them trued to be more than what they are and that's great popcorn movies. It seems that Cap is going to be the first to break that mold, which makes me very happy, because he is the best and most iconic character of The Avengers universe, not Ironman.
GodzillaKart - 3/25/2014, 8:57 PM
The idea that the trilogy was "One Film" is absurd. Not only was the second film better in every way than the first...but outside of cast they barely felt connected. The first film, for all its flaws, took place is a version of Gotham. The second took place in Chicago. The "grand arc" of the trilogy seemed to be made up on the fly. BB managed to get a sequel, so we got TDK, which managed to get a sequel...but the Joker was no longer available, so Nolan pieced together a film...which was pretty good....but a masterpiece trilogy this was not.

Bale was always a shitty Batman. The writing was always flawed. TDK managed to be amazing in spite of the flaws, but we can do better.

We have yet to see a good Batman on film. Perhaps we will in the future.
batman1216 - 3/25/2014, 8:59 PM
Too be honest TDK trilogy has took comic movies to such a level that I have not been able to enjoy comic movies as much since. Still enjoy and love them, but not to the level I have pre-Batman Begins.
kylemf88 - 3/25/2014, 8:59 PM
Thought begins was an amazing launching point then was upset that Batman never became a real Batman. So Dark Night is okay, the third is just an awful movie looking past it being about a Batman or otherwise.
GodzillaKart - 3/25/2014, 9:00 PM
In my book, IM is the best CBM to date, with TDK in the #2 spot...which is amazing and speaks to the rest of the film since Bale is a shitty Batman.

CA:TWS seems to be up to the level of these two from early reports. I hope it lives up to it.
GodzillaKart - 3/25/2014, 9:02 PM
So sad to leave the theater after BB and think: "In terms of toughness and smarts...this Batman is in about the 75th percentile of people I know".

That's no Batman.
CaptShipwreck - 3/25/2014, 9:05 PM
Good read , but why are we talking about this now ?
GodzillaKart - 3/25/2014, 9:05 PM
Maybe, (and I'm being serious) Nolan/Goyar, in going for a "real life" Batman, thought if he was too tough or too smart he would no longer be realistic....so they gave us a rich douchebag of median skills and smarts who just got lucky.

Anyway...I loved the tech.
SauronsBANE - 3/25/2014, 9:06 PM
You're killing it with these articles lately, BatManHeisenberg! Another great one here, though I have to disagree slightly with the themes aspect of the trilogy.

Batman Begins was obviously fear, no doubt. But The Dark Knight was more about Chaos and Escalation, IMO. Nolan likes to use the villains to embody the main themes in the film, and The Joker is the embodiment of both.

I can definitely see the corruption angle of it, but I take exception to the fact that you say Gordon and Batman are supposed to be incorruptible. In a sense, yeah (heck, even the Joker tells that to Batman at the very end when he refuses to let him die, as he's hanging upside down on the building). But the very point of the ending was that Batman allowed himself to be corrupted, just a tiny bit. He lied and covered up Dent's crimes for the sake of the city, and Gordon was implicit in that lie as well.

And that comes back to bite them both in the butt in The Dark Knight Rises, whose main theme was a sort of combination between Pain, Consequences, and Rising. Again, look to Bane: He certainly dishes out ridiculous levels of Pain on Bruce and the city, all of the major choices made in the last two movies come back to face our heroes again, and then of course, Bruce spends two whole sequences of trying to Rise again. Great stuff.
batman1216 - 3/25/2014, 9:07 PM
@CaptShipwreck because it is a beloved trilogy too many of us and some of our favorite movies of all time. I can read and talk about these movies forever.
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