The expectations of comic-book fans.
The lead-up from two hugely popular movies that have come before.
The bar is set awfully high for the closing chapter of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. “The Dark Knight Rises” opens Friday, and fans are buzzing with anticipation.
We asked a few eager Bruce Wayne groupies what they’re most looking forward to about the movie based on the trailers, the online chatter and published interviews. And we asked what concerns they have, if any, about the direction “The Dark Knight Rises” might take us. Here’s what they had to say:
Joshua Howell, 25, Lincoln
I’ve been a Batman fan since I was a kid and have collected over 1,000 Batman comics. One of the best things about Nolan’s films is that he has worked so hard to create a world that’s as close as possible to reality, compared to the overly Gothic theatrical settings of Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher (previous directors of “Batman” films). What I’m afraid of is that Nolan might take too much creative liberty and stray too far from the comics.
David DeMarco, co-owner of Legend Comics, 52nd Street and Leavenworth Avenue in Omaha:
Most of my anticipation comes from the culmination of this unique story about Batman. Nolan put his vision on it, and I think it’s been pretty good — not totally faithful to the comics, but it stands alone as this perfect individual story in a real-world setting. And (new villain) Bane is the perfect foil for Batman. The one concern: In the six-minute trailer it was hard to understand Bane. I hear they’ve adjusted the sound, made it easier to understand him.
Andy Peters, 31, Omaha:
What’s really interesting is the Bane character. In the mid-’90s he was the character that broke Batman for the first time. Everything in the trailers looks totally awesome — different from the comics, but in a way that makes sense for a movie. Nolan made Batman feel like somebody who could actually exist, not just panels in a comic. He’s about storytelling, not gimmicky special effects or 3-D.
Rhegan Lundborg, 26 (Peters’ girlfriend), Omaha:
I’m looking forward to the rise of Batman after being sort of defeated or taken all the way down, how he comes alive again. I’m also excited because I’ve read a lot about how Nolan doesn’t like to do CGI (digital effects) unless he has to. So I’m excited to see the hard-core fight scenes, because most of it’s supposed to be real, or as real as it can be.
Andrew Potratz, 29, Lincoln:
“Batman Begins” was an excellent movie. “The Dark Knight” was an excellent movie. This is the culmination of their work. They’ve known what they’re doing. These guys actually understand what Batman is about. How can you not be excited about that? I saw “The Dark Knight” eight times in theaters. I bought the DVD and watched it back to back for three days straight. The whole thing was nonsensical, but boy was it fun. My concerns for the movie are nonexistent. They’re gonna knock it out of the park.
Trevor Brand, 28, Omaha:
It’s interesting to see them flesh out new characters like the villains, Bane and Catwoman, to see how they interact with Batman. The flip side of it is Bane. He’s a character from the ’90s, when comics were trying to be edgy and dark. That’s kinda weird for the way Nolan’s movies have gone, trying to be super realistic. I’m not sure he fits what Nolan has been doing. They’ll have to strike a happy medium, not too much like the comic but not too far away.
Seth Amen, 25, Omaha:
I’m looking forward to a continuation of the sense of scale I got with “The Dark Knight.” I get super into each new movie, that world (Nolan) has created. I’m just hungry for more....Tom Hardy (as Bane) might at least get close to matching Heath Ledger as the Joker. My friend Brady disagreed with me on that. He says the Joker’s such a great character, nothing will ever come close to that ride.
Zac Barton, 27, Lincoln:
I’m really excited to see how they’re going to wrap up the trilogy, since this is supposedly the last movie. Also to see their take on Bane. But I’m also scared, because I’m used to the classic Bane from the comics who bulks up into this giant monster of a man. I hear they’re not going to do that, and that makes me a little nervous.
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