Although “The Dark Knight Rises” Dazzles Theater Owners and Critics At CinemaCon, Doubting Moviegoers Will Still Questioning Christopher Nolan.
With The Avengers currently at 97% on rottentomatoes.com, the Marvel community will most likely leave cinemas thrilled after viewing Joss Whedon’s superhero extravaganza. There is less concern about The Avengers, The Hobbitt, Skyfall, Prometheus, and the potentially good but possibly redundant The Amazing Spiderman all being critic/audience pleasers than Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan doubters have voiced concerns (but certainly not limited to) on:
- Bane’s Voice
- Tom Hardy not matching Heath Ledger’s iconic performance
- Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
- Too many leaked set videos.
Nolan stated in Entertainment Weekly that he and Jonathan Nolan already had the ending of Batman fully conceptualized. This means that the lack of The Joker will not hinder Warner Bros. $250 million dollar film from meeting high expectations. Doubting Thomas’s also question the decision to have so many actors and actresses returning from Inception. Joseph Gordon, Tom Hardy, and Marion Cotillard would not have been casted solely on their previous collaboration with the director who has yet to make a bad movie. I cannot prove it, but I believe that the leaked set videos could have been a continuous event of intentional security lapses to garner unconventional marketing and publicity.
On April 24th at the CinemaCon convention, Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov showcased mostly new footage of The Dark Knight Rises to a crowd of theater owners and journalists. The response was overwhelmingly positive and apparently Bane’s dialogue is now crystal-clear. The scenes from the upcoming The Great Gatsby re-imagining and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit were also screened, with the latter receiving mixed reactions.
I have been wrong about a few films before, but I am optimistic that once images hit theater screens on July 20th, the vast majority will leave theaters waiting for the Blu-Ray/DVD release. Below are links to articles that give descriptions of the CinemaCon footage.