Batman 3 – What I want to see

What lies Ahead

He’s the hero that Gotham deserves but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he’s not a hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
– Gordon

There are two aspects that I think we need to think about that should give us a better picture of what to expect from the third movie.

  • The Main Theme
  • The Villains that relates to that theme.

Batman Begins was about Fear. It ties with the origin of Batman as we see Bruce Wayne overcome his fear of bats and eventually adopt the identity of Batman. The villains are related to this theme with Scarecrow using the fear toxin as his weapon of choice and Ra’s Al Ghul as the man who helped Bruce overcome his fears in the first place.

The Dark Knight was about Escalation or as Gordon puts it at end of the first movie, “We start carrying semi-automatics, they buy automatics. We start wearing Kevlar, they buy armor-piercing rounds.” Batman’s crusade against the mobs becomes a double edged sword as it only creates more trouble. The epitome of this escalation is the Joker, the agent of chaos, who wants to bring Gotham’s citizens to their breaking point. Corresponding with the escalation theme is the rise of the idealistic Harvey Dent and his fall/transformation to Two Face.

Now comes the third movie and I have an idea for the possible theme of this one. Like how the theme of escalation was first hinted at the end of the first movie, the theme for Batman 3 was hinted during the final moments of The Dark Knight: The theme is Isolation. By the end of the second movie, Batman has finally become the Batman that we all know from the comics and the cartoons: a true outsider, a loner, the Dark Knight. He lost Rachel and Harvey Dent which means he lost his hope for a normal life. The police are chasing him thus he can’t work openly with Gordon anymore.

I expect a darker and grumpier Bruce Wayne as he starts getting a more pessimistic outlook on life yet can’t help to bring himself to stop fighting crime due to his hero complex (set this movie like 2-4 years after TDK to make it believable). And expect more detective work by the Dark Knight since he can’t rely on the GCPD now. Meanwhile, the cops are still hopeless in finding out the identity of the Batman (remember that scene early in TDK where the cop had Elvis as one of their suspected candidates for Batman). Just like how the mobs turned to the Joker in their desperate times, the cops also turned to “a man they don’t fully understand” for help.

Enter Edward Nigma aka The Riddler, a private detective/specialist hired by both the cops and the mobs (with both not knowing he works with them at the same time) to track down and find the identity of the Batman. He’s smart, a child prodigy, anti-social and highly obsessed with Batman especially with the dark knight’s detective skills. He finally find someone who can challenge him and is willing to do anything to achieve his goal, including creating an elaborate crime scene for Batman to solve.

Not only that, Batman has to face the idea that his privacy is being invaded as the Riddler slowly gets to know a lot of things about Batman (eg. Lucius Fox, batcave, identity). Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne starts dating Selina Kyle who leads a double life as the notorious thief, Catwoman. In the end Batman and Catwoman have to work together to stop the Riddler.

So how do all of this relates to the theme of isolation? In a way, the Riddler and Catwoman are the cure to Batman’s feeling of isolation. Following my idea that Riddler is a crazy Batman fanatic, I think he would probably leave clues/riddles that he knows ONLY Batman can solve and no one else. Therefore, Riddler would be the only one, aside from Alfred, who really understand Batman’s mindset. Unlike the Joker who just wants to mess with Batman’s head, the Riddler, or at least a version of him that I want to see in the next movie, wants to play games with him. In that way, Batman doesn’t feel isolated anymore.

As for Catwoman, well, that’s really obvious. Bruce Wayne is mysteriously drawn to Selina Kyle; she’s not Rachel Dawes yet she’s not like any of those other super models he flirts with. And Catwoman operates outside the law and enjoying it which is a perfect foil for Batman’s more serious attitude.

So yeah, I want the next movie to revolve around Batman’s growing isolation and how both the Riddler and Catwoman proves to be the answer to that problem (Batman is lonely and finds a new friend to play with & a new girlfriend). As for the casting of the two characters, I want Michael Emerson (Lost) as the Riddler and Carla Gugino (Sin City) for Catwoman. Meow!

The main reason why I think they should get Catwoman for the third one, aside from filling up the female character void left by Rachel Dawes, is that to the average folks she is one of the most instantly recognizable character from the Batman universe. One of the reason why Dark Knight is doing so well is because you have the most famous Batman villain, The Joker. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t put villains that haven’t been adapted to the big screen (eg. Clayface, Mad Hatter, Man Bat, etc) but if they want to draw a lot of people, Catwoman is their best chance. It’s also a chance to redeem the awful Halle Berry movie!!

So that’s what I want to see for the third movie. What do you think?

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At the Cinema..

Something funny happened when we tried to catch Iron Man in the cinema. It was a combination of a silly mistake by the ticket counter girl (she pressed the wrong button and showed us seats for the wrong movie) and us being on a rush (we got there to find out that the screening just started so might as well just catch it now). So we got into the cinema, not double checking our tickets, and sat there while enjoying the trailers for Wall E and Hancock. Then the Disney Logo showed up….Iron Man is Disney?!!….checked the tickets and LMAO!! NARNIA!! Haha…we left the cinema laughing our ass off while several families with their kids were looking at us in a WTF? manner. We went to counter and told them about what happened and they escorted us to the right cinema. First time such thing happened to me Hehe.

So I started to think about any other memorable cinema experiences. This has nothing to do with whether I liked the movie that were shown but more into the stuff that happened when I watch a movie that makes that day memorable. Here we go:

End of Days (1999)
Location: The cinema at Glorieta, the Philippines

– As the movie was starting, a fight broke out somewhere on the front rows. The movie was stopped for a moment and the lights came up. The audience were cheering and laughing as the guys who were fighting got kicked out by the security guards. I didn’t know exactly what actually caused the fight, some say they were fighting over seats while some say over a girl. Either way, it was stupid.

– When one of the bad guy from movie said, “she’s gonna f*** you Christine, gonna f*** you!!”, I was smiling. See, I’m used to watching those R rated violent movie when I was a kid on TV or video/VCD. But when it comes to cinema, I’m usually taken to these movies that are considered ‘safe’. So being a 10 year old watching a movie in a cinema with a character saying the F word made me feel ‘cool’. But I found out later that the version I saw in the cinema was an edited PG-13 one. At least they didn’t edit out the F word 🙂 

Batman Begins (2005)
Location: Cineleisure at Orchard, Singapore

– While we were waiting for the cinema to open, I notice that almost everyone was looking at me and giggling. Later I realised that I was wearing a black Superman T-Shirt. LOL So there I was in the premiere of a Batman movie wearing a Superman t-shirt. (Note: Just for fun, I’m planning to wear the same black Superman T-shirt when I watch Dark Knight later)

– Before the cinema opened, my friend told me that he was hungry and decided to go down over Burger King to order something to munch. Bringing outside food to the theatre is prohibited so we had to sneak it into the cinema. So preferably you order something small to munch. But here’s the dumbass thing, he came back with a whopper, a drink, chips and some other stuff. Basically, a meal plus extra stuff. How the hell you’re gonna sneak those in?! He was like ‘oh yeah! no outside food, I forgot! Shit! umm..shit! I was hungry!‘. He ended up tucking the food under his shirt. It was hilarious because he was being really obvious and he walked towards the ticket guy awkwardly. The ticket guy obviously knew he was hiding something but just couldn’t be bothered. I think he gave a slight smile I think.

– When Gordon showed Batman the Joker card at the end of the movie, my friend and I said ‘The Joker!’ out loud at the same time. People were looking at us with a ‘well duh!’ look.

– After the movie ended, my friend told me that he was annoyed at the fact that Batman can fly in the movie. I burst out ‘he wasn’t flying! He was gliding!‘. People gave us funny looks and smiled. Embarassing.

Fun with Dick & Jane (2005)
Location: Great World City & Cineleisure at Orchard, Singapore

I saw this movie twice in the theatre; I thought the movie was ‘meh’ on my first viewing and enjoyed it on second viewing. The reason? The audience I saw the movie with.

– A girl invited me to watch the movie with her friends and she’s paying the tickets. Hey it’s free, what the heck I’ll come. The thing was that she chose the wrong time, before midday (around 10- 11 o’clock) on Sunday. The cinema was empty because most people are still sleeping, it’s Lazy Sunday morning!!. Only two rows were filled and this guy in front of me annoyed all of us. He was this fat Chinese guy who laughed out loud at scenes that weren’t meant to be funny. WTF!

– The next week, my cousin came to Singapore for a holiday and she wanted to catch a movie there. My brother decided to pick “Fun with Dick and Jane”. I didn’t want to see it again but who cares, my cousin is paying for all the tickets (see, I’m cheap). Went there with a packed audience and it was a blast. People laughing at the right times and just the fact that you get a different atmosphere when watching a movie with more audience. It actually made the movie funnier.

‘Jangan Pandang Belakang’ (2007)
Location: The Mall, Brunei

First of all, here’s some background or ‘ingredients’:

  • It’s at the Mall cineplex, the most popular cinema in my place.
  • It’s an Asian horror movie – we’re suckers for horror movies especially Asian horror
  • It’s a Malay movie – attracts the masses who are lazy to read Malay subtitles in English movies

So you end up with me sitting in a packed cinema mostly filled by local non-average cinemagoers (you know, the average people who probably don’t go to cinema often). What do you get? The most memorable cinema viewing experience for me in positive and negative way.

– Before the movie starts, a bunch of teenagers at the front rows were making lots of noise. The guys occassionally scared their girlfriends so they could scream out loud (reminded me of that episode of Mr.Bean). This went on for several times early on the movie which annoyed the shit out of all of us in the theatre. We all went from simply ‘ssshhh!’ to insults! 😆 They eventually shut up.

– You know how there are folks who have to explain the story plots to his/her clueless friends while you are watching the movie.There was a guy sitting behind me that did this to his friend but the funny thing was that he got the facts wrong!! For example, in the middle of the movie he pointed out to his friend that the heroine was the dead girl’s best friend. NO!! She was her sister!! wait, her twin sister!! Played by the same actress! We knew that from the beginning!! And there are other plot points that he got wrong too. What a smart ass! Haha! Maybe he was intentionally fooling around with his friend but I doubt it.

– A family sat in front of us including a little girl (probably 3-4 years old). I thought,”wow!! She’s watching a horror film in the cinema at that age!” I didn’t really care about it, it’s her parent’s responsibility not mine. Who knows, maybe the little girl likes horror movies. Anyway, here’s the funny thing, whenever something scary shows up on screen, all the family members decided to ‘protect’ her (eg. the dad closes her ears, the mom closes her eyes, the sister grabbed her arm to comfort her, etc) 😆 Why bother bringing her then! Haha! It was funny and cute at the same time. The little girl actually behaved quite well; she did not cry or whine or anything, she just sat there and watched the movie silently. Maybe she was just terrified and speechless.

– The cameo appearance by a Malaysian actor, Jalaluddin Hassan just brought the house down. His short cameo drew unintentional laughs from us. He’s like, how should I say, the William Shatner of Malaysia. So you get the idea, that charismatic over the top presence :mrgreen:

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Of course there are more but they are minor things such as the old guy snoring beside me during a midnight screening of Transformers (Coincidently, he snored during the scene where Megan Fox’s character’s criminal past was revealed. I rolled my eyes during that scene because it was a cheap characterization hahah yeah, snoring is indeed the right response) or the time after the Disney’s Hercules movie ended, we stayed at the theatre till they show the movie again coz we missed the first half of the movie.