Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight movies take their titles very literally, don’t they? We had to adjust our monitors just to see the new TV spots from The Dark Knight Rises. But there was a bit of light in both of them: Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne has a bit of banter with Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) and almost smiles a couple of times. You can’t blame the guy for frowning most of the time; he feels like the fate of Gotham weighs on his shoulders.
That reminds us of another time the fate of a city weighed on Bale’s shoulders … that time he formed a union of scrappy newsboys to fight Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Then, at least, Jack Kelly knew how to smile while fighting evil. But here are five signs we think Batman might still remember everything he learned as the Cowboy.
1. When the going gets rough, everyone appreciates a cheesy joke: “How’d you sleep, Jack?” “On me back.” (Did any of us ever realize how homoerotic this entire opening “Carrying the Banner” scene of the movie is?) When Lucius Fox asks Bruce Wayne, “Do you remember where you parked?” he actually raises his eyebrows in good humor.
2. Don’t underestimate the advice of a friend. “Pulitzer and Hearst have to respect the rights of the working boys of New York!” Also, don’t ever use that terrible fake New York accent again.
3. “And the World will know! And the Journal too…” And really, standing atop monuments is an excellent way to get your point across.
4. Fight for what’s yours — be it working wages or the Batmobile Selena just borrowed.
5. Nobbin’ with all the muckety mucks
I’m blowin’ my dough and goin’ deluxe
And there I be, ain’t I pretty?
It’s my city, I’m the King of New York (Gotham).
[Photos: Disney, Warner Bros.]