23 December 2011

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES PROLOGUE (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2012, US)

The final chapter in the Batman saga/franchise will be released in the summer of 2012. The marketing campaign has already gone into fifth gear and as part of a similar strategy to the second film, Warner Bros have attached six minutes of the film to play before the new Mission Impossible film in the IMAX format. The Dark Knight Rises Prologue looks impressive as Nolan knows the potential of IMAX but as a sequence, it was fairly unoriginal and a little confusing. I'm not going to give any spoilers but the major problem with this prologue is the garbled dialogue uttered by the character of Bane (Tom Hardy) which I can confirm is incoherent. Apparently, fans of the film have responded vitriolically on the Internet and from some of the articles I have read, Nolan already seems resistant to change or fix Bane's incoherent dialogue. Could this be a case of early hype, bad sound recording or directorial indecision? In fact, it might be all three. Warner Bros have done a seriously crap job of keeping the photographers away from the sets of the film and many spoilers have already leaked across the vast fan base. I'm not sure if this has been intentional on part of the studio but it is having a negative effect with many fans passing judgement on the film before its release next year. I'm not a huge fan of the comic book film genre but Batman has always intrigued me as an anti-hero and Nolan understands the complexity of the character more than his predecessors. However, few directors have been able to make three consecutive films in a blockbuster franchise that have been commercially successful and critically acclaimed. It seems as if Nolan has an impossible task on his hands.

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