Batman was just simply, plainly breathtaking. I stood there awestruck for the most part of the movie. The awestruck that I hadn't have ever since the first franchise of the Transformers went out. The 'O' shape signifying the 'OMG AWESOME' didn't leave my mouth for a long time.
Firstly, Bane the villain. Terrifying from the get go, with a voice that sounded a tad mechanical (perhaps due to the AWEfrigginSOME mask on his face) which honestly, I think adds to the eeriness, a voice which was loud, means business and wouldn't bat an eyelash blowing up the entire earth's 6 billion population - just to make a point. And sprinkle on top of that - THE MASK. The friggin mask. Awesome. Awesome some some some. A merciless villain who would say something like "Search him, and then I'm gonna kill you.." like its the most normal thing under the sun. Then he said "Go!" and passes some sort of tracking device to the bewildered minion, who was like "Where ?" - then shot him while he was still holding the device, thus the guise of him being the domain for the tracking device. OMG. Christoper Nolan was just plain genius.
Enter Selina Kyle, the Cat Woman cast by dearly beloved, Anne Hathaway. Hathaway just hath a way with me prior to Batman. The impact she left of me in Love & Another Drugs had me telling people around "Mata masuk habuk.." a couple of times. Then, another one was One Day. But Batman was, I think quite new, even for her. A whole new territory. But she was one sexy sexy Cat Woman. Guile mixed with dry wit and a penchant for cunning. Batman had it from her a couple of times. Yes, not even THE Batman was spared from the tricks she played. First she stole an inherited diamond necklace from Batman's safe, then when he thought he'd get even with her. He got his car stolen the very same night. "Sir, your wife said *inaudible*.." and he was like "MY WIFE ?" LOL. Wargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh kargh. Then with innocent face, she told him "Mr. Bruce, I'm so sorry they make you broke.." to a small retort from the Batman "I doubt that." EPIC.
Then the Bat Bike. The Bat Bike. My recent obsession with bikes doesn't help either. I had to pick up my awestricken jaws from the floor a couple of times due to how awesome that thing was. The artfully beautiful revving sound of the bike, the ridiculously aerodynamic seating. Those impossibly thick tyres. And what the hell do you need a blasting cannon attached on the side of your bike for, which weirdly, ironically, is why the Bat Bike is so so sexy. The way it took a swerve when the GCPD thought Batman was cornered, just for it to unleash the most spectacular, yet impossible L-turn in front of the admiring dumbstruck police forces. Man oh man, I am in effin love. And put on top of the ride, the cunning Selina Kyle. Sexy doesn't even begin to describe it.
Batman ? Well whoever needs introduction to Christian Bale's Batman should be shot a couple of times behind the head.
Just to note, my friend asked me in the theater "Where's the Joker.." and I skipped the part of trying to explain to her what with the loud noise and all. But the question does make me think later, how many franchise there is for Nolan's Batman. Further searches proved me an ignorant buff- whatever, there are currently three franchises of Nolan's Batman and I have only watched 2 of them. Batman Begins commences download as we speak.
p/s: Anne Hathaway ♥