I grew up loving comics and I thought, like most people who were kids during the 80s, Batman was one of the coolest heroes. The Dark Knight (by Frank Miller) was released when I was 12, blowing my mind with the kind of dark and absolutely nightmarish places it went.
I almost don't want to write about this movie. My love of the classic Bob Kane (later improved by Frank Miller and countless others) character has nothing to do with my interest in film criticism. When I watch a Batman movie, I don't necessarily want to view it with the same stringent requirements that I would a classier, more prestigious film.
Today is April 5, 2012, the twenty fifth anniversary of FOX Network. In these last two and a half decades, we have seen a lot of shows come and go. Some were successful, and some were not. But one thing the network was not afraid to do, was to innovate.
In an age when entertainment has become the new religion, and celebrities the new deities, the power for big budget fiction to influence people is staggering. Often, this isn't viewed as a good thing -- and often, that would be correct.
TV on DVD Releases, for Tuesday, March 15, 2011:
TV on DVD Releases: November 23, 2010:
From the time Batman Begins ends to where The Dark Knight starts, you see Gotham on its way out of the gutter. Batman's presence has made police more confident and criminals more cowardly. Gotham has a new beacon of hope in District Attorney, Harvey Dent. Though things are looking up, you need a spark to start a fire.