Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Who is the Batman?

Although I watched reruns of the 60's show, my main memories of Batman are from the 80's when Michael Keaton played the caped crusader. I clearly remember my t-shirt emblazoned with the yellow bat logo, standing in line for hours to get in to the theater, and even auditioning for the dance company using a song from the soundtrack. Jack Nicholson was my Joker, Danny Devito my Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer the stunning Catwoman. I saw all of the subsequent films with Kilmer and Clooney, but did not enjoy them as much as the first two, so when Batman Begins came out back 2005, I was skeptical. However, I loved it. I also loved The Dark Knight and despite all the hype, thought Heath Ledger was brilliant as the Joker.

Today I caught a headline discussing Anne Hathaway as the new Catwoman, and read criticisms regarding her costume, so I started looking around to get an idea of what the fuss was all about. First, I could not find much in the way of studio-released images so I searched through some fan art to see what was available. It definitely appears more utilitarian than previous incarnations, but there is still a sexiness to it. I am interested to see how they will play her character: the mousy assistant gone feral? The catburgler leading a double life? I like Anne Hathaway and I can totally see her in this role, so hopefully it won't dissapoint. I see that Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce will also be joining the cast with Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman reprising their previous roles. There is definitely no dearth of talent, so hopefully it will not dissapoint.

Here are a few images I located, although I havn't confirmed which are studio-released vs. fan art.

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