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‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)

Christopher Nolan’s ‘ The Dark Knight ‘ is the latest addition to the trend of painfully overplotted comic book movies. I’m not exactly certain when the habit of inflating a paper-thin pulp story into a full-blown bildungsroman . But since the late ’80′s it’s been necessary for each comic book movie to have at least two villains and as many as 4 . (Notably, Tim Burton’s 1989 movie only had one villain, The Joker.)

While this installment of Batman seems to be the most successful commercial film since James Cameron’s ‘ Titanic ‘, you’d think that such a movie would have to have a simple storyline to keep selling tickets at such a rapid pace, week after week. Not so, here. [Read more →]