Recently, news broke that actor and comedian, Christian Bale, will be portraying Batman in yet another big-name movie. This announcement came as a big shock as many fans thought that director, Matt Smith, would be taking the helm. While the part is a great one for Bale, many are wondering whether or not he will actually be portraying the Dark Knight in the traditional, grimy, and noirish manner. Based on the character’s appearance in the upcoming film, The Dark Knight Rises, many fans suspect that Bale will stray from the characteristics that made the character so unforgettable. While Matt Smith may end up doing something different with the character, this does not mean that Christian Bale will be unable to live-stream the essence of what makes Batman so special. In fact, in the official Batman website, it is stated that Bale fits the mold perfectly for this iconic character and the filmmakers should not change a thing about the way that Batman operates.
The Birth Of Batman
In the summer of 1939, Detective Comics #27 was released and it featured a story titled ‘The Case of the Chemist’s Daughter’. The story was about a wealthy scientist named Thomas Wayne who lived with his wife, Mary, and their adolescent daughter, Diana. One day, while the family was eating dinner and hanging out in the yard, a mysterious man in a bat-like outfit crashed their party and demanded that they listen to his ideas. He called himself ‘Batman’ and began to convince the Waynes that they were making a big mistake living so happily in paradise with such a brilliant mind like his own. As it turned out, this was just a ruse and Batman was in fact a thug who had used the family’s own chemistry to create a deadly gas that he planned to unleash on Gotham. Luckily, the heroic chemist was able to turn the tables on his assailants and expose them for who they really were. Batman and the Waynes were ultimately able to work things out and live happily ever after.
The Evolution Of Batman
Since the inception of Batman, numerous other comic books, radio dramas, and movie franchises have followed in his footsteps. Each new iteration of the character adds something new to the formula in order to make it fresh and interesting. It is this ‘evolutionary’ approach that makes Batman such an intriguing character to keep an eye on as he continues to grow and develop throughout the years. One of the great things about the character is that different people can relate to his story in different ways and it is this diversity that makes him such a timeless figure.
Why Do People Love Batman?
In the words of Alfred Pennyworth, “The simple fact that you can relate to a character and think ‘I understand where he’s coming from’ is a big part of what makes a character popular.” For years, Batman has been one of the most popular characters in comics and in recent years, he has become a pop culture icon. It was not always this way, however. The character’s humble beginnings as a fighter for justice who was often overshadowed by his more sophisticated and glamorous colleagues may explain why he first came to prominence in the mid-20s. After this initial burst of popularity, Batman entered a ‘Golden Age’ during which he fought alongside such luminaries as Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Clark Kent. Today, it is recognized that Batman’s most prolific years were the 1950s and 1960s, a time when he was considered among the most interesting and groundbreaking characters of all time. In addition to cementing his place in pop culture, Batman also served as an important icon during these tumultuous times of social unrest and change. The character was frequently featured in storylines dealing with issues of censorship and the establishment strove to keep him out of mainstream media because of his rebellious nature and subversive message.
The Iconic Look Of Batman
The Dark Knight is known for his impeccable taste in fashion and he rarely turns down a chance to dress in style and impress people. When it comes to making a bold and lasting impression, few clothing items can boast as much authority as Batman’s wardrobe. The character’s sleek minimalist styling is the product of countless film and television adaptations as well as countless Halloween costumes. During the character’s early years, Batman followed the fashion trends of the day but over the years, his style has not changed much and his fashion choices reflect this timeless quality.
The Gritty Noir Appearance Of Batman
As the name suggests, noir is defined by its use of ‘hard-boiled’, cynical, and often dark themes and imagery. This is not a coincidence as Christian Bale was specifically chosen for the part because he is a master at portraying noir characters. It is this dark and foreboding atmosphere that makes Batman such an integral part of the noir genre. The color pallette of the film is said to be inspired by the graphic novels and it will add to the authentic ‘film noir’ feel of the movie. The Dark Knight is a great example of the noir genre and it fully embraces its grim and gritty aesthetic.
The Timeless Nature Of Batman
If we examine Batman’s history closely, we will see that it is filled with examples of how he continues to evolve and grow even today. The character has been around for more than eighty years now but he still has so much more to give. Just like other great characters before him, Batman has inspired countless other stories and he will continue to do so for years to come. His timeless nature is a testament to the unique and lasting impact he has had on fans around the world.
The Improbable Rise Of Christian Bale
Before Christian Bale became a household name, he was mostly known for his work in stage plays and indie films. His breakout role came in the form of James Bond in the 2006 movie, Casino Royale. The part was a small one but it led to much bigger opportunities as the following year, he would portray the iconic character in two more of the James Bond films. One of these films—The Dark Knight—would see Bale finally earn the moniker ‘Christian Bale’ and it is this role that made him a household name.
The Evolutionary Approach Of Matt Smith
Director, Matt Smith, has already proven himself to be one of the more talented filmmakers in the industry with his work on such diverse projects as, The Hobbit, The Boat Builders, and the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2. When it comes to adapting the Batman character for the big screen, Smith has a very specific approach. He wants to keep the essence of what makes the character so special—his intelligence, his fashion sense, and especially, his noir sensibility.
The Fashion Forward Look Of The New Batman
While on the subject of fashion, it should not go unmentioned that The Dark Knight Rises will mark the return of Michael Caine as the classic, quiffed ‘Beard’! Caine has been closely associated with the character for more than forty years and it is a role that he has performed with such panache that it has become one of the most recognizable and iconic cinematic beards of all time. Despite his advanced years, Caine has not lost an ounce of his charm and wit and it will be a joy to see him back on the big screen.
The Subversive Message Of Batman
When discussing Batman as a character, it is important to remember that he was, is, and always will be, first and foremost, a character first and foremost. In a world filled with superheroes, it is no wonder that Batman resonated with audiences. The character’s primary concern is not with saving the world but rather, with saving Gotham City. This central idea gives a real sense of purpose to the character and it is this very purpose that makes Batman one of the most interesting and versatile characters in comics. While it is easy to get lost in the myriad of story lines and developments that have taken place over the years, it is crucial to keep in mind that the essence of what makes Batman so great is his selfless and single-minded devotion to Gotham City—and its citizens.
The Dark Knight Rises is set to premiere in theaters on July 20th and based on the character’s appearance in the film, many fans suspect that Christian Bale will no longer be portraying Batman. While Matt Smith may end up doing something different with the character, this does not mean that Christian Bale will be unable to live-stream the essence of what makes Batman so special. In fact, in the official Batman website, it is stated that Bale fits the mold perfectly for this iconic character and the filmmakers should not change a thing about the way that Batman operates.