Vodcast: The Dark Knight, 10 Years Later

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There’s a sign/T-Shirt/bumper sticker going around that goes something like this: “Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.”

We’d quibble with that here at Plugged In, and not just for the fact that even Batman doesn’t always want to be Batman. But we wouldn’t deny (or, at least, I wouldn’t) that the Caped Crusader is pretty cool. And, with the 10th anniversary of Christopher Nolan’s seminal (and difficult) superhero The Dark Knight being celebrated this summer, Kristin and I thought it was a good excuse to chat about a character, and a movie, that I’ve already spent way too much of my life talking/writing/thinking about.

So click below, Bat-fans. (And if you see something amiss with the first few seconds of the video, fear not: It’s just me attempting to preserve my secret identity.)

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Joshua Kroeger 6 months ago
This is not only my favorite superhero movie of all time even today (and I would hesitate to even call it a superhero movie), it’s one of my favorite movies ever!  Although I do think the MPAA slipped up with the rating (it should’ve been R), and even if I don’t think the movie’s ending wasn’t the best, it still has a LOT to unpack, appreciate, and chew on every time (not that I would watch it as much as, say, Iron Man, of course).  It’s a great film with some great themes, but it is indeed VERY disturbing, no matter how well-made it is.  Will Joaquin Phoenix match Ledger’s Joker?  Only time will tell, but I somehow doubt it.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I don't see why it should have been rated R. there is a huge gap between The Dark Knight and an actual R rated superhero film such as Logan (which was my favorite superhero movie). But yes, Heath Ledger gave one of the most incredible performances I have ever seen. Highly Doubt Phoenix will be able to compare.  
-Davidiswise The Clown
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I wonder how good Paul is at playing the Arkham video games. For someone who claims to be a huge Batman fan, I’d like to see how good he is at them.
seraph_unsung 6 months ago
That'd be a fun stream.
Paul Asay 5 months ago
Paul here. Can't say I'm particularly GOOD at the Arkham games, and as such the stream might be indeed quite entertaining for those with better reflexes than I have. But I've played through all three of the main ones (lost patience with Origins). And for the record, think the Batman character in those games is just about pitch perfect: Calm, sacrificial, uber-cool and non-growly. (Normal content caveats aside, naturally.) 
John Peterson 6 months ago
One of my biggest regrets is not seeing the Dark Knight in theaters. I was only ten at the time so I thought that I shouldn't because you know it was PG-13. lol. But, looking back on it I would have been fine. I've seen it a million times since then. 
Favorite quote: "Batman has no limits" - Bruce Wayne. It essentially sets the tone for the rest of the movie as Joker continues to challenge Batman to the point where he does indeed find the limit to Batman. 
Tricia 6 months ago
My sons who were in their mid-teens at the time will always be angry that we wouldn't let them see it because of the Plugged in review (that, and the tragedy of Heath Ledgers death)...after we finally gave in some years later, I had to admit that it was a fantastic film. A lot fewer content concerns than the third movie of the trilogy.
Trev Noceurt 6 months ago
That’s a big regret, and I agree with it. I got to see it in IMAX and will never trade that movie-going experience for any other!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Yeah. I was only 7 when it came out. And i was a HUGE batman fan. I dressed up as him for every Halloween. So i was extremely disappointed when i was told that i was too young to see it. Which was probably true. But still, I was pretty upset. 
I know a lot of people say that it should have gotten an R rating. The Pluggedin review even compared it to Saw (which i would argue, had the original Joker face with the reverse-bear-trap) But i personally don't think it deserved that. Mostly because all the violence was pretty bloodless. It was also not quite as dark as I had anticipated.   
-Davidiswise The Clown