I am now overseas in Europe, and because I've been travelling so much I've been on a lot of airplanes so I caught the chances (and the excuses) to act lazy and to watch good movies. Because of that I chose to marathon the entire Dark Knight trilogy, which is held in high regard by comic book and film fans. A marathon which I hadn't done since... 2012, when The Dark Knight Rises hit theaters. Now that I've marathoned the series it really is a great trilogy! I understand why people like it now more than ever. Age has not been kind to Batman Begins, and even then the next 2 aren't perfect, but it's still amazing to see the way in which the themes, prevalent in all three, connect and develop. Christopher Nolan really pushed storytelling and intensity in atmosphere more than any other director in the comic book genre and really understands how to get into the heads of his characters, especially in The Dark Knight. And has cast amazing actors and actresses who step in the shoes of the great writing, shouldering the burden and bringing the characters to life. Here are my 8 favourite supporting characters of the trilogy in a particular order.
8. Lucius Fox, played by Morgan Freeman
You just gotta love Morgan Freeman! Goyer and the Nolan brothers wrote Lucius Fox as a likeable and funny character ever since his first scene in the first film, but it's really Morgan Freeman that owns the character and brings him to life. He's both a smartass and smart, and although does not have such a dominant and consistent presence in the movies as I'd hoped, it's a pleasure to have him around to act cool and present all the assets to Bruce Wayne. I love how ever since his first scenes when Bruce Wayne tries to lie to Lucius about what he's using the assets and equipment for, he almost literally says, "You don't have to tell what you're using this stuff for, but don't think of me as an idiot" which is true. He also has a nice scene towards the end of TDK when he says that he'll be retiring if Bruce Wayne doesn't destroy the sonar after this "mission." Easily the funniest and coolest character in the series.
7. Commissioner James Gordon, played by Gary Oldman
I find Morgan Freeman's Lucius Fox more entertaining than Gordon, but because Gordon is more developed and present, I'm going to include him higher on this list! Gary Oldman is a really good actor and he really established James Gordon's personality. Which is more dry and less talkative... but the viewers never find him unlikeable because it fits more with his character! He has this really cool relationship with Batman that is shown in his subtle interactions and the things that he says about him. It's almost as if he admires Batman: as a symbol. Especially toward the end of The Dark Knight. In the final scene actually, when "Batman" drives off into the night taking responsibility for Harvey's crimes: and Commissioner is explaining it to his son. Even though I hate Gordon's family, they do make for some pretty emotional scenes in TDK. You really feel for Gordon throughout the trilogy (or should I say the former 2 films).
6. Henri Ducard, played by Liam Neeson
Even though Batman Begins has more than a handful of problems, it's worth watching not just for Morgan Freeman... but also for Liam Neeson! Neeson is really a great action star and has even turned in good performances in meh movies, and Batman Begins is not an exception. He's one of the trilogies most entertaining villains. He serves as Bruce Wayne's mentor in the earlier stages of Batman Begins, which are his finest moments: and it is great to see Liam Neeson play that role so good. Unfortunately, he's not as fun to see as a villain, but the plot twist when you find out that he is Ra's Al Ghul must've been shocking for fans. I forgot my reaction because I probably missed it back in 2005 being, you know, young, but I can imagine the surprise now. Neeson is just great!
5. Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart
Harvey Dent is really one of the series's most fascinating characters! Possibly 1st/2nd. He's also the most emotional. Seeing Harvey Dent's character arc and his descent to villainy in TDK is a landmark in comic book film history. Both frightening and interesting. Believe me, I remember seeing this in theaters, scared. He is a really tragic character who lost everything and everyone that matters to him (Rachel, half his face) pushing him to believe extremely irrationally and becoming a terrifying villain! TDK's third act shines, with Harvey Dent being one of the reasons why. It's not just the writing that is a pay off. Aaron Eckhart is just so damn good as a character you would've thought would be cheesy. He actually makes his sympathetic!
4. The Joker, played by Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger's casting as The Joker might've stirred up some concern because this movie actually came out for being young, attractive and y'know, all things of which the Joker isn't, and then he speaks his first lines and he has you thinking, "this is going to be AMAZING!!" Then it happens again and again in the film. The Joker is one of the most fascinating characters in cinema of the 2000s. The "some men just want to watch the world burn" motivation of the character is executed perfectly and writing wise, elevates the character beyond heights of superhero films. I even wrote a blog called Why The Dark Knight's Joker is the greatest CBM antagonist even though I should've also included that he's one of the greatest villains to even hit the big screen. Not only is the character masterfully written, it is brought to heights unexpected because of Heath Ledger, who received an oscar for his performance. It is a performance that is an amazing tribute for Mr Ledger.
3. Alfred Pennyworth, played by Michael Caine
I almost forgot Alfred because there are so many good characters in the trilogy but Alfred just has to be on this list. He's always spitting wisdom and most of the time... it makes absolute sense! Accept for that time where he, y'know, suddenly knows everything about Bane. But besides that tasteless story / design choice, Alfred has been nothing short of a father figure to Bruce Wayne, and to us. He has really good ways of explaining things and putting things to perspective & he helps Bruce Wayne to pick himself up. Just as he gives Bruce wisdom, he gives us wisdom too. I'm going to miss Alfred Pennyworth being the latest & recent interpretation of Alfred, and it'll be very, very, very hard for BvS's interpretation of the character to provide something just such as good as TDK's. Not because I have anything against Irons (I can't have something against someone I have seen nothing off) but because I am a Snyder skeptic!
2. Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway
Catwoman above The Joker!!! and Alfred!! I know I know I'm a bit of a The Dark Knight Rises fanboy and it's hard not to be. Just as it is hard not to love Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, who is played by the amazing Anne Hathaway, a great actress! She's both flirtatious and quite heroic. She has greatly awesome scenes like the scene where she tricks the guy into "using the cellphone", and the "you don't owe these people any more" dialogue in TDKR. You even get the chance to hate her when she backstabs Batman and gets him beaten up, but then you like her again when she's redeemed. It's a shame CBMs don't experiment more with spin-offs (thanks for cancelling the Venom AND Sinister Six films: at least sony was encouraging spin offs =/) because a Catwoman spin-off starring none other than Anne Hathaway would have been perfect. I want her to be my waifu.
And second to none is.......
1. Bane, played by Tom Hardy
This is the role that introduced me to the amazing Tom Hardy. The voice which they teased in the trailers was enough to make us worry, but when you hear it in the final product, it is immensely epic and fitting of Bane's character: in this interpretation at least. No; he's not the series's strongest villain. That belongs to The Joker and Two Face... but Bane is my personal favourite! He completely destroys Batman in the film and then precedes to break his back, as if the plane scene wasn't enough awesomeness from Bane. The movie also succeeded in giving the character a backstory and humanity. And who better to embody the role than Tom Hardy!? He's great at acting even with his face obscured. It's a shame that his death is anticlimactic because the character is so intimidating. "Then I will break you" is easily one of my favourite lines. He says it so casually and surely: sorta like what Hardy did in "you keep moving" in Mad Max. He's really good in those lines.
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