Friday, January 4, 2008

The Dark Bat Knight Man

So, you've probably seen the Youtube video posted recently that pits the trailer of Tim Burton's 1989 Batman with that of Christopher Nolan's upcoming The Dark Knight, in a split-screen comparison. If you haven't, you can watch it here.

The similarities are staggering. The timing of the transitions, the scenes, the action ... everything is timed almost exactly the same. This surely cannot be mere coincidence. How can two different Batman movies by two different directors from two different eras be this similar?

My take on the possibilities:

1. Nolan's team is paying tribute to Tim Burton by cutting the trailer almost exactly the same way; or

2. Nolan copied shots and scenarios off Tim Burton's version; or

3. The Dark Knight is essentially the same story as the 1989 version; or

and this is the scariest of them all:

4. Hollywood has a fixed template for all its movie trailers.

I've written about this before, how Hollywood cuts its trailers the same way - slow build up of scenes and dramatic music, pick up the pace, fade out with voice-over, then choral crescendo with quick cuts, then fade out again with voice-over of tagline, and one final burst.

So, here it's probably like:
10-second mark - show villain with cool quote
30-second mark - explosions
60-second mark - show hero fighting villain

and on and on.

You take your pick of which possibility you think is more possible. Good luck.

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