Of the comic book heroes the one that I always liked best was Batman. I could come out with some cool reason for preferring him to Spider-man or Superman like the fact that he has no truly supernatural powers. Sadly I wasn’t that thoughtful as a kid and a more likely (but still probably not true) reason was that I just liked the idea of wearing blue underpants over the top of grey trousers better than the other outfits! Or it may have even been because I played Batman in the school playground and in later years really liked the Batman game on the Amstrad CPC 464. As you can see I was easily pleased as a child! More likely reason is that I just thought (and still do) that Batman’s more cool than the other super-heroes.
Now I’m not really a cinema-goer but for some reason I have seen most of the Batman movies on the big screen (I did give Batman and Robin a miss though) so I was very keen to see The Dark Knight (released in Japan on August 9th) which I went to a couple of weeks ago with Gideon. I loved Batman Begins in 2005 and this was gripping stuff too and thoroughly enjoyable although Christian Bale’s voice as Batman seems to be more over the top than in the last film. Overlong too though thats more to do with my poor concentration for films beyond the 90-120 minute mark. Anyway, it did enough for me to live up to its hype which was of course heightened by the death of Heath Ledger who gave a very dark and fairly scary performance as The Joker fitting in with the films quite threatening image.
After a couple of hours my chair started to jolt which I thought at first was due to Gideon having a shaky leg but it wasn’t him and neither was it a special effect of the cinema as this was no Universal Studios ride. Instead the room was shaking due to one of the earthquakes which take place in Japan day in day out.