What's all the hype about?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The Dark Night is Heath Ledger's final performance and it's already creating Oscar buzz.

As many of you know the highly anticipated, much talked about newest Batman movie "The Dark Knight" hits theater's this weekend.  Now, many people who are die hard fans of the Batman movies already knew about this movie when every detail was released, but the casual movie patron like myself did not pay much attention to it until it started getting so much publicity. 

This seemed to really take off after the untimely death of the young Heath Ledger.  I've always thought Ledger was a talented actor, but he apparently dives so far into his character the joker, there's already Oscar buzz.  Some insiders have said that it was this role that led Ledger to slip into a depression ultimately leading up to certain circumstances causing his death.

It makes me wonder what kind of press this movie would be getting without the tragic circumstances and also how so many people in the spotlight who have died became even more famous after their death.  Marylin Monroe, J.F.K., Bob Marley, Jimmy Hendrix and Curt Kobain just to name a few.  What do you think? 

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  • by mark Location: moyock on Jul 28, 2008 at 11:22 AM
    Hi Ted, now that you mention it, I remember the automatic change lever. Nice to meet another 1960's Batman fan. Everytime Batman was placed into a trap, he always had a tool that would get him out of that particular trap. Best wishes!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 23, 2008 at 05:05 PM
    Lets hope Robin never makes another appearance.
  • by DoxieLover Location: Grifton on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    I said the sam thing about wondering if it would have been as big of a hit the 1st weekend if Heath Ledger was still alive. And where is Robin in this movie???
  • by trey elks Location: vanceboro on Jul 21, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    im sry heath died
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2008 at 04:31 PM
    I was a huge fan of the Batman comics from the 60's and 70's. I too couldn't wait for the Batman TV show to start, but this Batman is straight out of the comics. As many comic fans know Hollywood has screwed up many a Superhero movie. This latest incarnation of Batman is by far the best I've ever seen on the big screen. The Joker is one of those roles that often overshadow the main character as did Jack Nicholson's Joker to Michael Keaton's Batman. The untimely death of Heath Ledger will guarantee him an Oscar for this performance. Would he have received it had he lived? I dunno, haven't seen the movie YET. The press coverage would be about the same from the major media sources, I suspect the entertainment shows have stepped up their coverage a little due to his death. Mark, remember the "Automatic Bat Costume Changer" it was a lever half way down the pole. lol
  • by mark edwards Location: moyock on Jul 20, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    Hello, Christine. I feel the same way you do concerning the recent Batman movie. In my personal opinion, there is only one Batman. That person is Adam West of the 1960's TV series. Oh, how I remember the days in the early 1970's when I would sit in front of the TV anxiously awaiting Bruce Wayne and Dick Grason to slide down the batpole. Question, how could they slide down the batpole and emerge at the bottom with their costumes on?
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