• Wed, Jul 18 2012

Why Is Everyone So Excited About This Batman Movie?

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No, really. Is it 50 Shades of Grey? Or Girls? Is it because menacing billionaires who do “man things”  are hot right now?

Okay, I can tell you why I’m excited: it’s because I love rich people doing things. I mean, that’s why I’m also excited about The Great Gatsby. I especially love it when rich people drive cars. I think there is going to be a whole lot of rich-ing, and a whole lot of car driving going on in this movie. Masquerade black tie balls? Sign me up.

I mean, yes, there’s going to be a lot of action stuff going on, too, I guess a football field will get blown up or whatever, but, you know, that’s neither here nor there.

And I do love superhero movies.

Really, I didn’t love comics that much as kid. I don’t think I’m the target audience for this.

BUT.

When I was 15, I was in Paris for a while. I was homesick. I was really, really homesick. And one day, I went to this movie theater and Spiderman was playing and it was so quintessentially American that I stood up and applauded at the end. Avec une grande puissance sont une grande responsabilité! DAMN RIGHT. THAT IS AMERICA. NOT JUST SITTING AROUND EATING CROISSANTS WITH NO RESTAURANTS OPEN ON SUNDAYS. I guess I took away from it that Americans are a group of people that “try to do good” and “are utterly fanatic workaholics. Spiderman would totally keep his restaurant open on Sundays.”

It was right around the Bush years. It was a weird time to be an American abroad, and probably I would like Paris a good deal more if I was there now.

And this made me super into superhero movies for a brief time, even after I came home. I mean, Spiderman will never be as good as when you see it homesick in a country where people don’t speak your language, but still. Still.

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  • Sean

    From a male perspective, especially one that grew up with comic books and an active imagination, the fascinating part of Batman is not only the millionaire playboy angle of Bruce Wayne, but the simple fact that Batman is driven to be a superhero. He has a vendetta, and from that the extremely dark character angle.

    Batman is one of the few superheros villains actually FEAR. The obsession with bringing them down is magnified by the darkness of his character. He’s not like Superman or Wonder Woman, where it’s more like “aw crap, here they come, they’re going to catch me,” it’s more like “oh dear God, Batman just appeared, and I know he’s going to feed me my own nuts before leaving me for the cops.”

    Combine darkness, justice, and enough money to never wear the same thing twice while partying with debutantes and you’ve pretty much got the perfect superhero. Read: Batman. :-)

  • Candace

    Actually, I’m going to see it because I’m in Paris and miss hearing people speak English! Besides my boyfriend.

    And because I want to see Princess Mia take it to the next level.

  • Erin

    My brother has a theory that involves the death of the current Batman and the emergence of a new Batman. I’m anxious to see if he’s right.

  • holly

    I am literally going to pee my pants when i see this movie! There is something about batman that makes me want to go out and just be good. I felt proud, unsettled, and dare I say it, patriotic when i saw the last one. (yes, i know this is not captain america. but, that’s just me)

  • macalny

    From someone who has never read a single comic book – I literally did not know who Peter Parker was until I saw Tobey Maguire as Spiderman – I love Christopher Nolin’s Batman movies because they’re fucking good movies! I saw “Batman Begins” for reasons I cannot recall and was simply blown away. I did not expect to enjoy it, but, like Iron Man, I relatively quickly found myself sucked into the story, the visuals, the characters, etc. They are quite simply solid movies. Add to that the fact that yes, Batman is a great superhero and it’s a slam-dunk.

  • holleeta

    Because Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard are in it. I’ll watch anything with them. Also, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman. An excellent cast.

    At least for me that’s why I’m excited. I really don’t give a shit about comic book heroes. I also think this movie could do without Anne Hathaway and her overrated acting.