It's time to face the music, people. The Dark Knight
is perhaps the most jaw-droppingly different comic book movie that diverted from the super-hero source material I've ever seen in my entire life. The story in the movie has not matched anything within any story in the comics, the characters are complete retuned, and the equipment Batman uses is totally unlike what he has in the comics. All this jabber-jawing leads me, like violent arguments over gun laws between Liberals and Conservatives, to my assertion:
The Dark Knight
You heard me. "Then why" fanboys cry "did you say The Dark Knight
was bad?" No, I didn't say it was bad. I said it was an unfaithful adaptation. The reason why I said this is simple: The Batman comic books have never been this good, not even under the skillful hands of Alan Moore. The story is the most complex story ever to be used with the Batman character and unlike anything that any of the comic book writers have done before. The characters themselves are extremely well developed and all sparkle triumphantly whenever their turn to take charge in the story comes about; the development and character analysis of The Joker alone is greater than anything that has come before. The realism that Nolan employs with all of Batman's weaponry and logical development with the story is far beyond what even "serious" dramas can spew out. I've never been a fan of the Batman series before the Nolan films because every time the Batman squared off against an enemy, it was always Killer Croc or Poison Ivy or some other super-powered supervillian which always seemed wrong whenever pitted against Batman. Villains such as The Joker, Scarecrow, The Riddler, Catwoman, and, even to an extent, the Penguin were human villains who were psychologically intense giving the Batman enemies who really were as motivated about crime and corruption as he was about fighting said negatives.
The reason why this new Batman is so successful is because, in a way, it's not Batman. It's not the traditional "Parents died, going to fight crime in Spandax because I can". Batman Begins
and The Dark Knight
are deep studies into the psyche of Bruce Wayne and what really would motivate a man into wearing a cape a jumping off rooftops. So I ask you to think: "Is this the Batman i've always known?"
And finally behold, I found concept art for the villain for the third Batman film. Try and guess which one it is: