I got to see “The Dark Knight” at a screening in Los Angeles on Friday and while I can’t officially review the film just yet – lets just say that the hype is right, this is a masterpiece.
It really isn’t a comic book movie, this feels more like a great Michael Mann movie – literally a film of “Heat” calibre. The sole common complaint is that’s it’s a few minutes too long, but the story is so tight that it’s difficult to see where you could trim anything out of it.
Interest in the film is quickly swelling as well. Though the film is still three weeks out, midnight showings on opening night for “The Dark Knight” have essentially been sold out in many major cities. As of Friday the film has pre-sold eight times as many tickets as “Spider-Man 3” did at the same point in time before its release.
Kevin Smith has posted a brief reaction to a screening he saw on Saturday on his blog saying that “It’s the “Godfather II” of comic book films and three times more earnest than “Batman Begins” (and fuck, was that an earnest film). Easily the most adult comic book film ever made.”
The press junket for the film took place on Sunday afternoon (our coverage will be forthcoming) and Movieweb got talking with Gary Oldman and director Chris Nolan about a potential third film. Most interesting is that Oldman alluded to the idea of the third film’s villain when asked about the Joker returning as a character (with a new actor) in the next film – “Maybe we don’t need the Joker because we’ll have The Riddler.”
Oldman also confirmed that he and Nolan seem to be signed for three films and reluctantly admits that “I guess I have to come back.” Oldman previously tried getting out of appearing in “The Dark Knight” but his contract wouldn’t allow it. Nolan himself doesn’t seem hugely keen to return to the franchise right now – “I take my projects one at a time, and I am not thinking about that right now. I don’t know if I want to come back.”
Finally, twelve clips from the film did go online on Friday but were taken down, do some browsing on the likes of YouTube in coming days and you’ll probably find them no doubt.