25 July 2008

More on The Dark Knight

Batman villains usually have a lot of personality and crazy, interesting background stories. But then there's these guys... Crazy Quilt? Calculator?

My new favorite superhero/villain name is "Conflict Diamond," from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, which I hope you caught when it was free, because it was amazing.


I had some problems with Harvey "Two-Face" Dent in the new Batman movie. The burned-up side of his face was really distracting because it didn't make any sense. How could he still form words with half his mouth burned off? Why was his eyeball still intact and totally OK, not charred like the surrounding flesh?

I liked angry, vengeful Batman - but this time, the snarly disguised voice was way too much. Less is more, Christian Bale! I know you're upset, and have a secret identity to maintain, but come on. We like you, and we can suspend disbelief enough to let you not feel like you have to do that bad impression of a pissed-off Clint Eastwood.

Also, this is a fairly minor point but I keep returning to it: I am wondering what the deal is with the black makeup around Batman's eyes. The eyes of the cowl are wide enough that some of his skin would show through, but he's always wearing makeup there. I bet he looks silly for the moment after he's put it on, but right before he's put on the rest of his costume. He would basically look like... THE JOKER OMG (Or a raccoon!) but without the lipstick and greasepaint. I bet he goes through a lot of cold cream. I originally typed that and meant Batman, but it's occurred to me that it may be true for the Joker as well. Super-heroing and -villainry? NOT THAT DIFFERENT.

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