Compare the 1989 Batman trailer, and the one from this year. Everyone is unconsciously aware of the rhythm of these things, but I never would have guessed they were this formulaic:
I wasn’t a very big fan of the 1989 Batman, a position that is viewed as heretical by most. I expect to get flamed for this one. I know it’s coming. I know it broke box-office records and was hailed and embraced even by die-hard Batman fans, but the 1989 movie earned little more than a polite shrug from me.
I was glad it was made, and happy that Hollywood threw us a bone, but I couldn’t help but wish they had landed closer to the mark. It looked like Batman, but didn’t feel like Batman. The love story stuck out like armpit noises in a concerto. The movie could have aimed for the campy 60’s Batman (ugh) or the brooding detective Batman, but instead it kind of went out and made its own Batman. It was given weight by Tim Burton’s cinematic skill, but Batman shouldn’t need to be propped up like that. Once Burton left the series the thing collapsed into idiocy. Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were made with an overbearing contempt for the source material, and I was glad when they stopped making Batman movies. My desire for superhero movies compelled me to watch them, even when I knew they would be miserable to endure. For a while there I was wondering if George Clooney was trying to somehow kill me with his rendition of the character.
The more recent Batman Begins finally rings true for me, and manages to be a compelling movie on its own. It’s not just a good chance to see Batman do his thing, it’s actually a good movie. I have high hopes for the upcoming movie, even though its trailer is a shot-by-shot re-creation of the one from 1989.
EDIT: In the comments below, someone suggests that the 1989 trailer has been edited here to match the newer one. I don’t have time to voyage through YouTube to figure it out at the moment, but perhaps all is not as it seems.
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