MTV might not know good music from a hole in the ground these days, but I’m a big fan of the guys over at MTV Movies Blog.
This week, they’re asking a big question:
(And before I forget to mention it, check out this running log of MTV’s Dark Knight coverage, including excellent interviews that I’m not going to read until after I’ve seen the film next Thursday night.)
I’ll never forget the night I saw the first Burton/Keaton Batman movie.
It blew me away. Keaton owned the role. When I look back on the film now I think it’s a terrible Batman movie because of the ridiculous way they made Nicholson’s Joker the killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents (which never happened in the comics) and then killed The Joker off at the end of the movie. Not to mention the fact that Batman was killing people left and right. That being said, I still love to watch it and I enjoy it for what it is.
But Keaton? Awesome. I loved how spooky and intense his dark blue eyes looked behind the mask, and when he spoke you knew he could kick anyone’s ass. He was always “my” Batman.
Until Christian Bale came along.
Anybody can identify with Spider-Man. Sometimes your best is not enough no matter how hard you try, and sometimes your best intentions still end up hurting people you love.
It’s a lot harder to empathize with a billionaire. But Bale took us right inside of Bruce Wayne’s heart in a performance that wasn’t about money or masks.
It was about a man.
And even though we saw the emotions that make Bruce do what he does, none of that took away from how capable or dangerous his Batman was.
In fact, it only made us understand him even better than ever before.
So as much as I love Keaton’s work as Batman, in the end there can be only Bale.
I’m working on a big Batman Begins review that focuses on Bruce Wayne. It’ll go up a week from tomorrow, just hours before I see The Dark Knight in Los Angeles.
Who’s your favorite Batman?
And while you’re thinking about that, let’s flash back to MTV’s hilarious video interview with Aaron Eckhart, who tries to answer some questions about the movie without actually answering any questions about the movie. It’s hilarious:
More to come!