One of the things that puzzles me about the popularity, both of Batman Begins and — we all know, the Dark Knight, it’s gonna be a hit, there’s no way around it — is that comic books, they are actually, they have a very logical visual structure, and it surprises me that comic book fans don’t demand more, visually — in terms of visual storytelling — from comic book movies. Now, there are already some fanboy reviews of The Dark Knight, and people seem to really love it…
Mysteriously, inexplicable as our behavior appears to Zacharek, we do seem to love it. As for all the undemanding comic book fans, I’m sure DC Comics wishes everybody who saw The Dark Knight was a comic book reader. But just as a very small percentage of moviegoers have ever read the novels on which movie adaptations are based, I’m guessing the vast majority of people who go see The Dark Knight never bought a comic book in their life.
I have no problem at all with Stephanie Zacharek being bored by anything she she dislikes. But there’s no need to waste a lot of puzzled speculation about what’s wrong with the rest us who do like it. Seems a little condescending and presumptuous, don’t you think? “Those undemanding comic book fanboys” — fanboys like Claudia Puig, Manola Dargis, and Maitland McDonagh. 66-year-old fanboy Roger Ebert and 62-year-old fanboy Kenneth Turan. (All of those fanboys predictably gave TDK a perfect metacritic score of 100, except for fanboy Manola Dargis who gave it a 90.)