In a recent twitter poll using the hashtag #fav7films, it’s of no surprise that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight came out on top. In the poll, which consisted of almost 100,000 tweets, the Dark Knight was the top with 5,056, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a film which helped propel Christian Bale to the top, it made Heath Ledger such a legendary figure, that even years after his death we all remember his incredible performance as the Joker, something which will be hard to emulate (sorry Jared Leto).
For many, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises looked to be building up to something good, the beginning of a DC movie universe, further boosted by Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which people hoped could ultimately lead to a Justice League film, and be a franchise that could rival the growing Marvel universe. However the Man of Steel struggled to capture the imagination of people, and other films such as Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern quickly helped banish those dreams. For DC and Warner Bros, they have struggled with superhero films bar the Christopher Nolan films: many still shudder at the thought of Halle Berry’s Catwoman, and the sight of George Clooney as Batman in the far too camp Batman and Robin.
With the shadow of The Dark Knight film still looming heavily at Warner Bros, films such as Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad have not hit the heights of The Dark Knight. Although to comic book fans both films were good, they didn’t have the same wow factor as The Dark Knight. Everybody wants to love both, but it is hard too. Could it be because the performances simply don’t compare to Nolan’s exquisite trilogy? Or is it that Marvel have completely changed comic book films and DC are struggling to keep up?
DC are starting to get everything together and in order, with 2 Justice League films planned, as well as The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, another Batman and a sequel to the Man of Steel. DC certainly boast an equally good roster to Marvel, and have no excuse not to do well. But unlike Marvel, their television series such as Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Constantine, Legends of Tomorrow and Lucifer don’t link into the movie universe at all. Marvel have Agents of Shield, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the Defenders which will link into their movies, so should DC consider doing the same?
The Dark Knight will always be one of the best Batman films ever, but perhaps it’s time for critics and fans to stop wishing for another one when a new DC film comes out. It was such a unique thriller that tested the boundaries that no superhero film had for years, and I don’t think it will ever be beaten, so isn’t it about time we just appreciate just how unique it was and not wish for more?