Today the new, The Dark Knight Rises “Fire” poster was released on the official Facebook page. I like the colors and design of this one the most compared to the others before it. The same visual themes and cues return from the earlier posters, but this time Batman is front and center, and chaos is everywhere.
I know lots of people are excited to see this movie, but I like to play the skeptic.
Will it make millions of dollars? Yes. Will millions of fans collectively cream their pants when they first see it. Definitely. But will it mean it’s a better movie? I’m not so sure.
The Dark Knight was such a huge hit. Both movie-goers and the critics agreed that it raised the bar for what we expect in a superhero film. It was on many people’s best-of-year lists for a reason. That’s why I’m afraid for the film. It did everything so well that to expect Nolan to achieve that level of greatness is maybe impossible. With this year’s The Avenger’s breaking records and dominating the box office, we all know that it’s going to have an uphill battle. I mean, The Avenger’s was actually much better than I could have ever expected, and as a movie, it had a good story, a good cast and a good director in Joss Whedon. The Dark Knight has all those things as well, and even if it’s a good movie, a great movie, it’s going to be hard to be much better than The Dark Knight.
I want this movie to be impossibly good, and that’s where I know I will be wrong, but I can at least admit it. Either way, I’m super excited. Let’s put a smile on that face! Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batman! ∞
The Dark Knight Rises is opening in theaters and IMAX on July 20 featuring stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.