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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BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 6:43 PM
Hit the big red glove if you liked it, and at least try to be civil guys!
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.
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 7:05 PM
Fair enough Intrestein!
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.

BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 7:23 PM
Thanks ALmight and MightofThor!
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
RedNTheHood - 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"
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 7:26 PM
Thanks Merc!
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 7:27 PM
Oh hush, redhood. I had these ideas for a while, I just now finally got to writing them... and another idea, on the same day.....
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 7:29 PM
And if that becomes my username, then goddamnit I will wear it [frick]ing loud and proud, bitches!
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."
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 7:35 PM
What if we don't want to! YOU KILLED THE MAYOR!



Agreed, frog.
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.
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 7:38 PM
Thanks. You will be forever powerful ;)
GliderMan - 3/25/2014, 7:41 PM
Forever wondering what Nolan would have done with the Riddler...
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 8:00 PM
Thanks BlackJack! And I agree GliderMan! WB wanted leo to play the role, but Nolan wanted to do Bane.
Moohika - 3/25/2014, 8:05 PM
Amazing movies with amazing characters, however...Bales' Batman was not so amazing.
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 8:06 PM
Well thanks for reading Moohika! We can agree to disagree on Bale.
Moohika - 3/25/2014, 8:07 PM
@MightofThor
Yes TDK and Bourne trilogies are tied for my #1 spot
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 8:08 PM
LIKE THIS GUYS! Helps a lot! I wanna hit main for the third time today!
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.
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 8:14 PM
I loved the ending, THEDARKKNIGHT. Why didn't you like it? Also, thanks for reading!
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!

BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 8:22 PM
Yeah, TDK is amazing.
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!
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 8:31 PM
Yeah, I would've preffered if Heath was the executor instead of Scarecrow.
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.
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 8:40 PM
English is a first language. And if we are to shoot that kind of ammo, is English YOUR first language? By the way, I reserve the right to delete your comments, so don't start trolling.
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 8:40 PM
Agreed Mike. Thanks for reading!
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
BatManHeisenberg - 3/25/2014, 8:44 PM
What about TDK bored you? And what plotholes did TDKR have?
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.
Batmaniac - 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!
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