I do, if not this weekend, then soon. I am not a huge fan of comic book or super hero movies, but a couple of years ago Erika and I rented Batman Begins. I thought it would be a tired, boring restart of a tired, boring franchise that had run out of steam years ago. It was one of those nights that we were just looking for a movie and I popped it in expecting little. I was blown away. Christian Bale was amazing. The story was profound and fairly realistic (as realistic as Batman could be – not as cartoonish like the earlier movies). I loved the movie, and when I heard that a sequel with Heath Ledger as the Joker was coming out, I wanted to see it.
Then, in January, Heath Ledger dies. I asked the question, "Did the Joker Role Lead to Heath Ledger’s Death?" Some say that the darkness of the role affected him and led him into a depression. Reportedly, Jack Nicholson (who played the Joker back in the 80’s) warned Ledger not to play the role. Apparently, people are very interested in that possibility because that post has become one of the most popular pieces that I have ever written. Daily, people from all over the world go to Google in search of the effect that the role of the Joker had on Ledger and they end up at my post. It has been interesting to observe.
From what I understand, the movie is a classic exploration of the battle of good versus evil, with Batman taking on the sacrificial role to protect Gotham City. There are lots of moral implications to stories like this and I think that is why people are drawn to them. At any rate, this is one of the most anticipated movies in the past several years. Do you plan on seeing it? If you have seen it, what did you think of it? Try not to spoil the plot. I normally only see a few movies a year in the theatre and I think this will be one of them. Lifeway has a review HERE but, I didn’t read the whole thing because it had spoilers to reveal part of the plot in it and I really would rather be surprised.