The Dark Knight Rises, the final movie in the Batman trilogy comes out this weekend. I am hearing rumblings of how great it is. I'm sure it is. This franchise has done some really good things in creating a different kind of super hero movie. In a way the super hero aspect of the franchise is secondary, and it is really a noir movie. Which isn't bad.
I have to say though I am not really anticipating this movie. There are a few issues that cause this for me. Villains I just don't care about is the first. Also I didn't think the last two movies were all the rage that other people thought they were. But most importantly it's all down hill after the Avengers!
All summer long I have fought with being ruined by the Avengers. I mean really what can compare to that. I tried to break it down and figure out what it was. I finally figured it out. A few weeks ago I went to see Spiderman. It was a good movie but there was a problem. It was a problem that permeates most super hero movies for me. They can not set up a sense of a super heroic world. There is no indication that this is normal. That the citizens of this world is used to super powers. I had the same problem with Green Lantern. In that movie there was no indication. . . BUT people did not react as if seeing a flying man strange. I want there to be a sense that this isn't to strange. The Avengers franchise is the only super hero franchise that has really done this for me.
It is a shame that Marvel is not able to do some of it's other franchises so that they can combine them, and have the X-men exist in the avengers universe. I think it would make the whole thing work much better. Actually I think having that cohesion in the movies works even better than it does in the comics.
there is a limit, but I think just making the illusion that this stuff exists in the world is all you need. for instance , a Daily Bugle being swept in the wind that says something about spiderman. Or a reference to Sentanals tracking down mutants. Creating that cohesion is important.
I guess I have went the long way round as to saying why I am not all that interested in The Dark Knight Rises. I hope the movie is great, I hope it does well, but I question its ability to be anywhere near as good of a super hero as the avengers. But of course, as I said, It's not really about being a super hero movie! I suppose that is the thing to remember.
What do you guys think? Will you be able to enjoy the Dark Knight Rises . . . OR any movie this summer in a post Avenger world?