A lot going down over the next seven days, so let’s try to not squash everything into next weekend…

I don’t fly my fanboy/geek colors for a lot of things at this point, but one of the few has been this generation’s version of ‘the Batman’.  Some interesting comic book turns, two great video games (Arkham Asylum and Arkham City), and of course, two ‘definitive’ takes on the Batman in a ‘realistic’ setting: Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.  

Thursday night, me and five people who better be prepared to see me cry will be joining among the masses catching midnight screenings of The Dark Knight Rises, the final part of Nolan’s trilogy.  Just like after Begins, I have cautious optimism.  The minor spoilers I’ve heard lead me to believe at worst this will be a good movie, but I don’t want to go in expecting to be blown away by a Batman film (again).  At least I’m fairly positive I won’t see Bane portrayed as some kind of fucking man-child who wears fedoras while he chauffeurs Poison Ivy around (still ain’t forgot about that Schumacher).

Anyway, we’ll get to Rises Friday morning, in the meantime, here are 10 of my favorite quotes from the first 2 films.  The Story of Malik Aziz…

(what?  why are you nudging me?)

(looks up…)

Yes, the Batman.  I meant the Story of the Batman…

Batman Begins

‘Bruce…don’t be afraid.’ - Thomas Wayne

‘You’re uh, you’re Bruce Wayne, the Prince of Gotham, you’d have to go a thousand miles to meet someone who didn’t know your name…’ - Carmine Falcone

‘But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely…a legend, Mr. Wayne’ - Henri Ducard

‘Deep down, you may still be that same great kid you used to be.  But it’s not who you are underneath…it’s what you do that defines you.’ - Rachel Dawes

‘Gotham isn’t beyond saving.’ Bruce Wayne

The Dark Knight

‘Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money.  They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with.  Some men just want to watch the world burn.’ - Alfred Pennyworth

‘It’s a funny world we live in…’ - the Joker

‘You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.’ - Harvey Dent

‘See their morals, their code…it’s a bad joke.  Dropped at the first sign of trouble.  They’re only as good as the world allows them to be.  I’ll show you, when the chips are down, these ‘civilized’ people…they’ll eat each other.’ - the Joker

‘Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now.  So we’ll hunt him.  Because he can take it.  Because he’s not our hero.  He’s a silent guardian.  A watchful protector.  A dark knight.’ - Commissioner Gordon

 Happy Monday!