Podcast: The Dark Knight

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This week, the Salisbury University FUTURE FILM MAKERS club is presenting it’s first podcast. Utilizing a small group discussion format and a flash recorder, the Film Makers took 43 minutes to comment on the up and coming website, The Dark Campaign.com. The Dark Campaign is a website with the purpose of pushing the DARK KNIGHT to get an Oscar Nod for best picture, and possibly win it.

The have a well-composed video that hosts numerous review quotes, many of which discuss the film’s thematic strengths– a truly important part to winning the Oscars. After watching this video, the club discussed our own thoughts on the subject, the big question being “Should the Dark Knight, a film based on a comic book and in the action genre, be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar?” The podcast itself raises such points as A) The film as a metaphor for post-911 America, B) The role of heroes in our society and their consequences, C) How the term “comic book” is becoming something that adults shouldn’t cringe at anymore, and how people who wouldn’t be caught dead with one are starting to read them because of films like this. D) How the film itself has changed its comic book because of how powerful it is, and E) the pop art form as high art. F) A lot of other stuff too.

It was a very comprehensive discussion, raising some good points, and in the end it really compliments, in our opinion, The Dark Campaign’s reasons and goals. We hope many people get a chance to hear it, as it is a discussion between a diverse group of people- comic book fans, literary book readers, film buffs (and nerds), our academic adviser, and people who just love making movies for fun. In the end everyone reached an agreement, but you’ll have to listen to here what it is. Please visit The Dark Campaign’s website , as well as our youtube page to let us know what you think.

And of course comment here on our website.

Batman For Oscars

  • Interesting podcast. Really makes me want to go and watch the film again. I feel like I would probably appreciate it more at this point.

    Anyway, looking forward to future podcasts (although hopefully you wont spend so much time on one single topic).

  • graypheonix

    I’ll say this before I get back to studying for my finals. First point? Dark Knight is truer to batman than most of the attempts made in the comics. In particular, I point out the brutality and random violence of the first appearance of the joker. While I haven’t read that storyline, it’s still held up as the defining joker that has come up. Plus, note that similar acts of random violence, slaughter, and mayhem were the Joker’s credo in Frank Miller’s famous remake of a returning from retirement Batman, that of the Dark Knight Returns. That Joker had no no reason to do anything without Batman, but once the masks returned to the city, the Joker became what he was once more, and hell, the way that storyline with the joker ends just PROVES how terrifying the man is.

    Second, while many people think that Batman no longer being on the side of the law goes against the grain, it’s also well supported by the comics. As different commissioners have stepped to the lead of Gotham’s police when Gordan’s been forced to retire, or after particularly brutal campaigns by masked villains, Batman has lost police support, and sometimes has to work for years regain the former trust he had, always for the greater good.

    And in truth? Batman is a hero, the sort of hero, not that Gotham wants, but the hero that Gotham needs, a point that anyone who has read the Batman comics at one point or another eventually concludes, though never vocalizes. Hell, saying it outright makes it a good line, but saying cheapens that thought.

    And fourth point, to me at least, was that this film didn’t seem like a reflection of 9-11, or the Bush administration, or any of that. It always seemed to me that Batman was always about this, a city filled with it’s petty everyday villains, it’s pushers, it’s robbers, it’s scum. And then there are the really dangerous people who have few, if any rules. And then you have the Joker, who is no rules.

    LOng story short? Dark Knight is the epitomy of the Frank Miller Batman, of the Batman of comics past and present, who while he might break the rules briefly, he always gives a check and a balance, if it is fair. Brother Eye, and the actions of letting villains die in the movies, do not count, as Batman WOULD save these villains, and let them flee. Of course, Raas al Ghul can survive just about anything if he has a Lazarus pit nearby, which he can get to fairly easily. Neh.

    See ya when you get back from exams, and hopefully we can all get a chance to watch both movies back to back. I plan to do that on thursday. Alright, back to studying, later.