If you are like me (and surely you are), then this weekend means one thing….the release of The Dark Knight. I have been looking forward to this movie since the first picture of the new and improved Joker was released to the public and nothing in the following months has dampened that anticipation one bit. Mix in the fact that the Batman series has been generally stellar (really only the Clooney-Ahnold picture was awful), that Christian Bale may have even passed Michael “I’m Batman” Keaton on the Batman ratings scale and the fact that the last one was genuinely well-written and very interesting, and you have a movie that has all the ingredients of success. Early critics’ comments are through the roof good, with many suggesting that an Oscar may be in store for Heath Ledger. Since Ledger’s unfortunate death, the anticipation has only increased for a performance that ultimately will (along with Brokeback Mountain) be his career-defining film. His passing has made a movie that most want to see, into a movie that EVERYONE wants to see.
I expect Batman to break every record for a 3-day opening in history this weekend. I will be there (likely on Sunday) to see the happening and I expect a buzz unlike any other for a film in sometime. Are you going….and if not, are you a terrorist?