Friday, June 4, 2010

Movies I want to see: "Shadow of the Dark Knight"

Here's the UNofficial synopsis of the next Batman movie:

Director Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) concludes his Batman saga with the much-anticipated follow-up to “The Dark Knight,” the third biggest film of all-time: “Shadow of the Dark Knight”

With the Joker and half the mob locked up and somewhat of a semblance of order returning to the streets of Gotham, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale, “American Psycho") tries to shed his billionaire playboy image by using the company his parents built to do good for Gotham City (Chicago, “Chicago”).

The police actively seek Batman as a suspect in several unsolved murders but with no sightings in nearly a year, dwindling public interest, and sympathetic Commissioner James Gordon (Gary Oldman, “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight”) calling the shots, the case has gone cold. Until an outspoken blowhard and ambitious mayoral candidate by the name of Oswald Cobblepot (Stephen Tobolowsky, “Memento”) incites public outrage and renewed interest, and pledges that when elected he will use a privately-funded security firm to bring Batman (Christian Bale, “Newsies,” “Terminator 4”) to swift justice.

But Cobblepot has his own agenda and secretly charges a perfectionist private detective (Leonardo DiCaprio, “Inception”), who goes by the pseudonym Edward Nygma, the task of uncovering Batman’s true identity. Unbeknown to his client, Nygma suffers from debilitating and self-destructive obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and may very well be in the employ of another!

Bruce Wayne suspects Cobblepot of having ties to criminal organizations and dons the cowl again so that Batman can conduct his own investigation, against the better judgment of his only two confidants: his trusty butler Alfred (Michael Caine, “Inception”), who finds the recently rebuilt Wayne Manor to be quite drafty and rather lonely, and longtime family friend Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman, “Lean on Me,” a car accident in Mississippi).

Batman isn’t scaling from rooftops for long when he crosses paths—and finds solace—with a spry and seductive petty cat burglar (Marion Cotillard, “Inception,” France) who leads her own double life.

Fox, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises, is mired in a scandal of his own after his secretary (Scarlett Johansson, “The Prestige”) goes missing and fowl play is suspected. Though all evidence points to him as the primary suspect, Fox suspects he’s been setup by creepy IT guy and avid hat enthusiast Jervis Tetch (Andy Serkis, “The Prestige”). While trying to clear his name, Fox uncovers an insidious plot involving a disgraced, deformed actor (Christian Bale—in a dual role!) who has been surgically altered to look like Bruce Wayne.

Meanwhile in Arkham Asylum, the terrorist known only as the Joker (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “Inception,” replacing his “Ten Things I Hate About You” costar and late Academy Award® winner Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight,” Mary-Kate Olsen) rots in a solitary cell, confined in a straightjacket, suffering nightly physical abuse from a sadistic and oppressive male nurse (Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Man”) and a deformed former crocodile wrestler turned burly guard (Mickey Rourke, “Iron Man 2”). Striped of his white “war paint,” his head shaved, and his mouth scars stretched even further, the Joker begins to exhibit convincing remorseful tendencies that go ignored by the asylum staff, but lure the empathy of a brilliant, over-achieving psychiatry student (Ellen Page, “Inception,” “Juno”) who quickly develops a deep fascination and perverse infatuation with her subject—a seductive secret she keeps even from her best friend and roommate (Piper Perabo, “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle”), an environmental science student and environmental activist who gets involved with environmental extremists.

All of this comes together somehow, eventually culminating in a thrilling 90-minute climax that will change Bruce Wayne and Gotham City a little.

WARNER BROS. PICTURES Presents, in Association with LEGENDARY PICTURES, a SYNCOPY Production of A CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Film: SHADOW OF THE DARK KNIGHT. Christian Bale, Michael Cane, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ellen Page, Javier Bardem, Mickey Rourke, Piper Perabo, Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis, with Morgan Freeman and Eugene Levy.

color/340 minutes.
(this was found on the AICN forums)

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