Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Heath's Blade Toss
One of the intriguing aspects of the upcoming The Dark Knight movie, besides being just the most true to the comic book movie series in the DC realm, will be Heath Ledger's take on Batman's quintessential antithesis, The Joker. Smart, ruthless, and just the other side of sane. One thing that I caught in watching the recent TDK trailer, was the brief but elegant blade move by Heath around the 1:41 mark. That reminded so much of his similar move with a knife in the 2000 The Patriot film. A brief glimpse of it can be seen at the 1:58 mark of the extended cut trailer found here. The subtle ease of such moves convey the practiced comfort of using a blade as a well-worn tool, to the character's lethal measure with it. Of course, in The Patriot, that move signaled the character's overconfidence as he prepared to dispatch his rival--with a reversal soon to follow. I wonder if director Nolan will use it the same way? God, I can't wait for this to hit an IMAX theater!