The Dark Knight (Spoiler Review)

***BE WARNED: THIS ENTIRE POST IS FILLED WITH MOVIE PLOT / STORY SPOILERS***

And so for months, the rumor mill and sneak-machines were on over-drive, pumping and leaking info and pics thru the cyberhighway - along with the online virals and "official" marketing hype - perpetrated by all and sundry (of which I'm guilty of, as well) in an information onslaught not dedicated for a mainstream movie for quite a while in my muddled memory, along with Transformers and literally any retro-based genre-flicks in the last 5 years ("Awareness" plus "Memory" is a powerful concept indeed, IMHO) ... and today - on July 17th at 3:50pm (GMT + 8hrs) in a darkened cinema hall at Downtown East, Singapore - ALL my built-up queries were answered within a 2 and a 1/2 hour juggernaut that was THE DARK KNIGHT (REVIEWED HERE - sans spoilers) ... and this particular post will serve specifically as a SPOILER POST for those who do not intend to catch the film, but have questions that needed to be answered immediately.
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*STANDBY FOR SPOILERS BELOW*

*Note: Spoilers attached to individual characters instead of directly to story ... gotta leave some for folks who may change their mind to watch the flick, innit? HAH.

BRUCE WAYNE / BATMAN:
- Wayne nearly gets his identity exposed, and nearly outs himself as The Batman willingly.
- has the fortitude to court someone else's (Dent's) girlfriend aka Dawes, but nearly chose to ditch his role as the Batman ... what a dog LOL
- changes his suit becoz he needed to be able to turn his head, and protect himself from dogs - the barking kind, not the skirt-chasing ones.

THE JOKER:
- yes, it is white face-paint.
- no, the facial / mouth scar wasn't that obvious actually, altho he talks about it constantly.
- does dress up as a nurse (to coerce Dent) and a policeman (to kill the Mayor).
- did disguise himself as a dead body in a black body-bag (to kill a mobster), but he was not dead then.
- did not die in the end.
- Heath Ledger was brilliant, altho not genius as everyone has him hyped up to be, IMHO.
- Joker was anarchy personified, but hell, he made a lot of sense in some warped way.
- no, I do not condone his actions.

HARVEY DENT / TWO-FACE:
- does turn into "Two-Face" and not just for a little end sequence cameo - Dude goes around and does shitte in both broad daylight and at night.
- Dent's / Two-Face's face was burnt by flames, not acid.
- yes, it was Dent lying in the hospital bed when Joker visited.
- the leaked images of the Two-Face make-up does not do justice to the final version - not as juicy as peeps indicated tho, but hella scary.
- does use his coin (a little too often, IMHO). and tis a "trick" coin with both heads on each side. one side does get burnt.
- Two-Face will not be in the next Batman movie as he did not have the power to defy gravity ... or did he?

COMMISSIONER JIM GORDON:
- lives to star in the next Batman-movie.

RACHEL DAWES:
- eventually joins her former boss (last "seen" in Batman Begins) for a permanent vacation.

SCARECROW:
- appears only in the beginning of the film and has no relation to The Joker.

TUMBLER / BATPOD:
- The Batpod DOES emerge from within The Tumbler.
- I heart the Tumbler.
- I heart the Batpod.

BATCAVE:
- if there ever will be a Bat Cave, it very nearly was at the basement R&D Department of Wayne Enterprises.
- Other than that, tis a underground bunker near a wharf ... will there be a Part 3 of the franchise to see the completion and operation of the infamous Bat-Cave?

OTHERS:
- Edison Chen shouldn't have bothered with his blink-n-miss cameo, really.
- Chin Han does Singapore proud with loads screen-time with Freeman and Oldman - altho he clould brush up a tad with his Mandarin, spoken amidst the Cantonese-speaking guards (altho no one mentioned he was a HongKonger lah :p)
- mobile phones will rule the world.

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[First Reviewed on TOYSREVIL on July 17th 2008]

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