Controversy hits the internet with opinion divided over the new Batman teaser poster. Some such as the guardian’s film critic Paul Owen see it as showing lack of invention looking too much like Nolan’s recent smash hit: inception with the apocalytpic vision of buildings falling into the sea.
Owen has a point, he is also worried that the cast list has too many baddies in it: “Ra’s al Ghul (“rumoured” on imdb.com) and Bane, an uninteresting, monosyllabic lunk who broke Batman’s back in the comics a few years ago.”
As someone who loved both of Nolan’s batman movies I am convinced we can trust him not to mess up the final part of the trilogy. The Dark Knight was an excellent film. Both Mark Kermode and Paul Owen are critical of the second movie arguing it is baggy and loose with its plot. For example, if I remember correctly, Kermode was critical of the “unnecessary” boat scene – I think it continued the exploration of human nature : are we basically selfish or selfless? Will Batman’s optimistic heroism or Joker’s anarchic pessimism rule the city and so a necessary part of the movie. Dark Knight eclipsed Batman returns and not just because of Heath Ledger’s Joker.
Yes there have been a lot of film trilogies that let you down with the final film: for example the Matrix – though the writing was on the wall with the Matrix Reloaded, The girl with the Dragoon Tatoo – the third film was the least gripping of the series. But inception was such a great film I think Nolan is on a roll at the moment – so I, for one, am very excited by this teaser poster. What do you think?