With The Dark Knight Rises hitting theaters this week, it’s important for us to be excited. Also important is our sense of history and context. We can’t move forward with the great cinematic presence of the Caped Crusader without first looking back and enjoying what has come before. So we’re taking a walk through the modern cinematic history of Batman, from Tim Burton’s creation in 1989 to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy to find the five Scenes We Love most from The Dark Knight on screen.
In the era of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, it’s easy to be dismissive of the four-part saga initiated by Tim Burton in 1989. And while the latter half of that series earned such dismissal, there were two really fun Batman films that came along and delighted 7-year olds like yours truly. There’s no one scene that is quite so evocative of Tim Burton’s theatrics as Batman getting the call for help at the beginning of Batman Returns. The Penguin’s crazy clown circus has laid siege upon Gotham’s streets and it’s up to Bruce Wayne, who sits alone in his manor, deep in thought, just waiting for the time when he can suit up. And suit up, he does. No matter how many great Batmans have come since and how many will come along in the future, this is my first Batman. Michael Keaton. And he was pretty badass.
Watch Batman get the call in the #5 Best Batman Scene:
Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown all this week. If you care to guess what scenes will make the list, please feel free to do so in the comments below.