First and Foremost - HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS!
It's the last day of 2009, and in a few hours, we usher in the new year and look forward to more days of prosperity and good blessings. While there's so much to look forward to in the next 365 days, I tend to reminisce about the past and remember the good times the last 10 years have brought to me. In regards to that subject, I wanted to post down and note some of my favorite stuff, to commemorate a decade's worth of inspiration, creativity, and awesomeness. As a start to things, I will delve into the recent media history and influence of one of the most popular Superheroes the world has ever known - The Batman.
On the subject of Films, 2005 rebooted the once dormant Batman film franchise, and British director Christopher Nolan was tasked with reigniting the popularity of the hero in movies by taking him back to his dark natured roots. True enough, he came up with an origin flick that explored the birth of the character and more of the man behind the mask, and the end result was "Batman Begins". British actor Christian Bale was cast as Bruce Wayne/ Batman, and his performance was just one of sheer excellence. Bale was meant to play the role, and he lived up to it by showing dedication and intensity in his work, both in and out of the batsuit. Then you had a selection of big Hollywood co-stars joining Bale - Michael Caine as Wayne's faithful butler, Alfred; Gary Oldman as the Batman's trusted friend and ally, James Gordon; Morgan Freeman as Wayne's confidante and armorer, Lucius Fox; and Katie Holmes as Bruce's love interest, Rachel Dawes. Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe added some criminal satisfaction to the film in their roles as Scarecrow and "Ra's Al Ghul", but the real foil to Bruce's heroism was that of his mentor and later greatest nemesis Henri Ducard, later revealed to be the real Ra's Al Ghul, who was portrayed by the great Liam Neeson. Putting all of these talents together and working on the lines of the script by Davis S. Goyer made Begins a highly successful hero film. We had a movie that had an awesome Batman and explained the origins of his suit, gadgets, and even the Batmobile! Batfans couldn't be happier with the results, and true to the spirit of hero movies, a sequel was hinted and expected, and three years later, the world would witness something extraordinary...
All Hail The Batman... and Happy New Year!