Just a quick summary to hold you over until a detailed essay and companion video or two are released:
instead of messaging me and yapping on my comments about how dumbfounded you are that anyone couldn’t be in love with this garbage of a movie – my criticism is not of it as a “film”. only as a batman film. as a crime drama/psychological thriller, it was pretty decent and fun with some clever and cool parts that i enjoyed. as a batman movie it was shit.
WHY? because this “interpretation” is more of a “reinvention”. it doesnt add and subtract things from the characters to fit a specific narrative – it trashes the source material and completely rewrites the villains personality, history, mannerisms, thought processes, approach to crime, criminal philosophy, and relationship to eachother.
To fully understand why this matters ladies – imagine if the upcoming Twilight movie did that… exactly. you’d be squirting yourselves with rage.
so chill out if you liked the movie and dont care about batman. but a thousand shames be upon you if you call yourself a batman fan and think this movie was a respectable addition to the legacy.
here is the breakdown:
gotham city: mediocre
bruce wayne: mediocre
batman: 50/50 crappy/good representation
harvey dent: terrible
two face: terrible, with the exception of him looking great
joker: unforgivably terrible in every way possible. awful times a thousand plus one. shares 100% of nothing with the character in any part of its history (besides killing people and robbing banks, but they dont count).
those are the 9 main “characters” of the movie and 3 are yawn worthy, only 3 managed to get it right and 3 were truly terrible.
THATS why it sucked.