I have always had fond memories of Batman. The first movie I ever saw in the theater is the 1992 film Batman Returns featuring Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/ Batman, Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman, and Danny DeVito as Oswald Cobblepot/ Penguin. My mom even bought me a Batman doll and I have fond memories of him (my Batman doll) going on a lot of dates with my Barbies at the time :)
I was in college as Batman Begins was showing in the theaters, and as an assignment our Film professor made us watch and compare all the Batman films made. I went to the nearest Video City to rent VCDs and spent one whole day watching them. This renewed my love for the popular superhero, but Christopher Nolan made me love him even more.
When I saw The Dark Knight, I remember palpitating and not being able to stand up for about five minutes after the ending credits have started rolling because I was so awed by the movie. I also remember feeling so bad when it wasn't even nominated for Best Movie at the Oscars that my officemates had to console me for days hehe.
He is a handsome multi-millionaire and apparently very, very smart. What's not to like? But the reason I love Batman is because of the fact his being a superhero is a path he has chosen even when he knows how dangerous it is. Unlike other superheroes whose responsibility to save other people were thrusted to them because of their extraodinary strength, or their ability to fly or shoot webs, or do things beyond what normal people can do, Bruce Wayne chose this path because he is motivated by his need to make sure no one else suffers the untimely and unjust death of a loved one. From the book The Forensic Files of Batman by Doug Moench, "Murder. There is no crime more foul. I despise its perpetrators. Using every means and method of detection, every forensic tool at my disposal, and every fiber of my physical being, I will solve murder and stop murderers." He could've gone to the bad side and wasted his parents' money on drink or drugs, but he made sure their legacy is not put to waste by training and studying hard and using his inheritance in securing the most advanced gadgets for fighting crime.
Of course I know Batman is a product of imaginative and creative minds, but would it be a crime to wish there really is a superhero like him? The world has become more cruel, cynical and sinister, so sometimes I can't help but wish he is real.
Later I will watch the 3:05PM screening of The Dark Knight Rises and personal bias aside (because I LOVE Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, and JOSEPH "ohmygorgeousyummyboy" GORDON-LEVITT), I know it will be amazing. This is the last of the trilogy Christopher and Jonathan Nolan have created, and I just feel so honored to have been born in this generation, that I am able to watch movies like this. I will watch the Dark Knight rise later, and I will definitely cry.
|I especially had this Batman hat customized for me ^_^|
As pledged, I will wear this later, and I will be proud.
(I have been wearing it every day this week actually.)
I know a lot of people have grown weary of my endless blabbing about the Caped Crusader in the weeks leading to today, but I can't help it. It's good to have something I am passionate about because it makes me feel alive. If you can identify then that's great. If not, then let's just respect one another's interests ;)
The Harry Potter book and movie series has ended, and after today the next movies I will look forward to are Catching Fire (November 2013), Monsters, Inc. prequel (2013), Despicable Me Part 2 (2013), Mockingjay Part 1 (November 2014), Mockingjay Part 2 (November 2015), and Finding Nemo 2 (2016). Oh my, such a lot of waiting.