One of the most anticipated movies of the summer has to be The Dark Knight Rises, which will be the final installment in the Batman franchise for director Christopher Nolan. The Dark Knight Rises will pick up where The Dark Knight (2008) left off. Batman, played by Christian Bale, has been branded a criminal, and will rise to protect Gotham City from public enemy number one, Bane.
I can’t wait to see this film, as I expect nothing less than greatness. For even though these are “super hero” movies, they have been really well made with good, intriguing stories, rather than just being an extravaganza of explosions and special effects. Not only are the stories good, but the actors in the latest Batman franchise have delivered some pretty great performances. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor posthumously in 2009.
Which brings me around to another topic. Having grown up watching Adam West and Burt Ward in Batman (1966) after school with my brother, I realized there have been some pretty famous actors who have played the caped crusader. Can you name them all?
(Answers: Top row left to right; Val Kilmer, Robert Lowrey, Christian Bale, Adam West. Bottom row left to right: Lewis Wilson, Michael Keaton, George Clooney.)
While you’re comparing Batman to Batman, check out this infographic by Ben Moore on the history of bat-suits from comic books, television and feature films.
Now, let’s all go to the movies! — Jim