Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dark Knight Rises Podcast

So back on July 21, Nat Sylva and I hit the premiere of Dark Knight Rises, rushed home and recorded the timeliest podcast for Dark Knight Rises imaginable. It was comprehensive, covering the scripting, acting, ties to the previous films, the score, the handling of new and old characters - we were pretty proud of ourselves.

Today, on September 15th, the episode finally went on-god-damned-line.

It's been funny watching the relevance of this episode languish, as the opening weekend passed, and then the movie slipped from first place, and then from the top ten movies in the country, and is now well on its way to DVD. I could almost record a podcast about how doomed this podcast was.

Now, I don't want to point fingers (lies, I really do), but this is finally out of the archives. Spoiler-heavy, an in-depth discussion of one of the summer's biggest movies and a retrospective on Nolan's revival of the Batman franchise. You can download the episode totally free right here.


  1. Cool, I'm excited to see what the podcast is all about!


  2. I'd been thinking all week that I needed to come back and listen to this and I finally made it. I found your conversation on the film interesting.

    I agree that the reveal for Miranda at the end was anti-climatic. It was so obvious from the very beginning that she was the villain anyway that the reveal added nothing to the drama for me.

    Regarding the fights between Bane and Batman, I agree that they weren't elegant or very impressive to watch but then I don't think they were meant to be. I think the point was that these were two titans of extreme ideologies, battling it out in a brutal fist fight. That was the sense that I got. It wasn't meant to be clever, just brutal, much like politics in general.

    The whole film to me was extolling an extreme right wing ideology and a lot of the stuff you guys mentioned as seeming superfluous I read as being part of portraying that ideology. For example, Blake was necessary to Nolan's message because he was demonstrating how even the police were not effective in dealing with crises. At the end Blake says that he's tired of working within the restrictions of government regulations and that he needs to be free of that. So it was reinforcing Nolan's message of anti-government, pro-free enterprise that Batman is all about. In the same vein, Marion's night of sex with Batman was part of that. Batman flirted with the idea of the left-wing, he was even seduced by it for a time but then it stabbed him in the back so of course it must evil. Meanwhile, his true love is Catwoman, who is all about free enterprise because she only ever looks out for herself. She's the one he's destined to find peace with.



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