Does 457 minutes of Batman sound like a good Bat-time to you?
Sleep? Who needs it?
Certainly not debonair billionaire Bruce Wayne. Because if he took time to catch some Zs, who would keep Gotham City in check? That dude dons cowl and cape every night, busting his ass to keep it clean of jokers.
I speak of Batman, of course. I’ve been a huge Batman fan since Adam West and Burt Ward camped it up in reruns of their Pop Art-inspired series. The caped crusader was the first Halloween costume I remember having — and homemade by my loving mother, even!
Therefore, more than any other movie this year, I look forward to The Dark Knight Rises, the final chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s defining trilogy that began in 2005 with Batman Begins and hit unexpected creative heights three years later with the double Oscar-winning, billion-buck grosser, The Dark Knight, putting the misdeeds of Joel Schumacher and his nipple suits far in the past.
Which goes back to the issue of nocturnal slumber: Beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, 150 E. Reno, hosts The Ultimate Dark Knight Marathon, screening Nolan’s first two Batman films before Rises, well, rises at midnight.
For $20, you can catch all three movies, plus get a commemorative lanyard and some refreshments. Better make the drink something with a serious dose of caffeine. For more information, call 231-4747 or visit harkinstheatres.com. —Rod Lott
OKG7 things to do Gazette staff
With The Dark Knight Rises arriving in theaters Friday, the big
question isn’t “Will Batman die?” but “Can your arse withstand about
eight straight hours of the caped crusader?” Beginning at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, 150 E. Reno, hosts The Ultimate Dark Knight Marathon, screening Batman Begins and The Dark Knight before Rises, well, rises at midnight. Tickets are $20. Call 231-4747 or visit harkinstheatres.com.
Action Rod Lott
In 1986, writer and artist Frank Miller changed the comic-book industry
forever with the four-issue series that became the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.
Its sour disposition and gritty attitude was arguably the darkest
depiction of Batman the world had seen, paving the way for the caped
crusader’s move to big-screen blockbuster three years later.
The Wind Rises is a high-flying exit for master animator Hayao Miyazaki
Drama Phil Bacharach
Fans of Hayao Miyazaki were understandably disappointed when Japan’s master animator announced that his latest feature, The Wind Rises, would also be his last. The 73-yearold filmmaker has given us some of animation’s most brilliant and beautiful works, including My Neighbor Totoroand 2001’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away. So, yeah, the guy has definitely earned his retirement, and the studio he helped found, Studio Ghibli, is sure to continue making terrific pictures. But it doesn’t make Miyazaki’s departure any less bittersweet.