Sunday, February 1, 2009

667th Post - A Couple of Comments

I may as well take this opportunity to announce that I will be making some changes to the blog over the next little while. I am not sure how many of you will notice those changes, but a couple of you regulars have made a suggestion that I find irresistible, so I will go ahead and do it. I just need a bit of time to do it. I know it will be an improvement, and pretty cool at that.

Saw "The Dark Knight" this afternoon on IMAX. Pretty cool. But, you know something: People keep going on about Heath Ledger's performance, and how brave and original it was. I enjoyed watching him a great deal. But if you read the comics, particularly some of the more recent and popular Batman stories featuring the Joker, you'd know that the concept of the Joker's being a crazed homicidal maniac is hardly anything new. I keep thinking of the Steve Englehart stories of the 1970's featuring the Joker, and how a sequence from the film is lifted from those stories. In fact, if you check out this page of Steve's website, you'll see how much of a debt this film owes to Steve's work.

Engelhart received no credit whatsoever for his ideas having been, um, a source of inspiration for this film. Instead, the lion's share of the credit goes to Christopher Nolan, the director, and smaller portions are doled out to the writers and producers and the actors, because all films are primarily the product of the director. Right. Sure. Whatever.

Didn't mean to make this post a negative one. But it's annoying to see someone get screwed over like this and to have someone else take credit for another person's work. I have had it happen to me, a few times now in my life, and one never gets used to it.

Have a good week.


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