Nerd Lunch Podcast 53: Drill Down – The Dark Knight Trilogy

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Nerd Lunch Podcast 53: Drill Down – The Dark Knight Trilogy

The Atomic Geeks’ very own Cosmic Viking, Christian Nielsen, joins CT and Pax for a blockbuster sized discussion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. We cover all the bases from plot to casting to Batman’s throaty voice to “giant, black phallic symbols”.  Listen to find out what we liked, what bones we have to pick, and what Nolan could have learned from the Rocky movies.  This week’s Nerd To-Dos feature the yin and yang of the Morning Glories comic book and The Six Million Dollar Man TV show.

By | 2017-03-18T15:00:45+00:00 September 18th, 2012|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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  1. Chrisloc1701 February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Great episode boys. I did love the Trilogy, although the films had serious head scratching choices they made with the story. And you guys touched on all those points. I do like 'Batman Begins' best because it does focus more on 'Batman' but also the story made more sense and had much less head scratching when viewing.

    I too did not care for the character if Rachel, but i do wish they had convinced Katie Holmes to come back for TDK because I hate recasting. Also I do find her much more attractive than Maggie Gillyhall.

    Also Keaton Batman from 1989's 'Batman' (not Keaton Batman from 'Batman Returns') would totally kick Bale Batmans ass. Especially when he's all Howard Hughes in TDKR. Why would Batman do that? And for 8 years?

  2. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I got that Ra's was "immortal a la the Phantom," but what confuses the issue for me was that the socialite at Bruce's birthday party introduces Bruce to the Ra's impostor (then awkwardly walks away). Was Ken Wantanbe Ra's and then when he died, the mantle passed to Ducard, or was Ducard pulling the strings all along and Wantanbe and the guy at the party were these figurehead actors that Ducard put in place?

    I guess I lean towards the latter because he shows up to burn down Wayne Manor and says, "You burned my house and left me for dead." If Wantanbe-Ra's was in charge at the time, then it wouldn't have been Ducard's to claim as his own.

  3. Shawn Robare February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Okay, am I the only one that thought both Liam Neeson and Ken Wantanabe were Ra's Al Ghul? I thought this was just an ingenious way of showing that the character is "immortal" by portraying him as a symbol, a mantle that someone in the organization takes on to keep it going (sort of like The Phantom.) I thought that tied nicely into the overall story arc of the franchise with how the 3rd movie goes, Batman-wise…

  4. Paxton February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I love that image, CT. Nicely done.

  5. Jeeg February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I finally finished off this trilogy by watch Dark Knight Rises as part of a recent Nerd To-Do. I didn't have it in me to rewatch The Dark Knight again, so I still hold a dim view that installment.

    I thought Rises did a good job of wrapping up the trilogy and pulling forward threads from Batman Begins. And even though the third movie also features a broken, defeated Batman, the fact that he "gets his groove back" makes all the difference for me compared to Dark Knight. I think I'm going to prefer feel good exhilaration like The Avengers at this point in my life, but even in a darker take on heroes I need there to be a point to being a hero.

    And as a complete aside, how did the Bane-Christian image on this post not catch fire as a meme?

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