On Saturday, the 25th day of August in 2018, I traveled to New York City to see one of the few special 70MM IMAX screenings of THE DARK KNIGHT in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

The trip cost me approximately $1K when it was all said and done.  Yes, ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS to see a movie I’ve seen dozens and Dozens and DOZENS of times.

It was damn well worth it.

Every.  Damn.  Cent.

I didn’t “forget,” but seeing THE DARK KNIGHT in a theater — a 70MM IMAX screening at that — was an reminder of just how brilliant and special that film was…and still is.

Additionally, it served as a palate-cleaner for this Batman fan.

To see Batman on the big screen again in such a quality movie was striking; probably because of Batman’s last two cinematic outings.

Nah, not probably; it’s totally the reason.

Frankly, Batman and Batman fans deserve better than BATMAN v SUPERMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE.  A Batman film should unify Batman fandom, not divide it.  And a Batman film shouldn’t feature a version of Batman that becomes the butt of jokes and smarmy memes.

But, Batman on film gets a chance to rectify all that nonsense and negativity relatively soon thanks to the upcoming solo standalone and solo Batman film, THE BATMAN, from writer/director Matt Reeves.

Folks, THE BATMAN doesn’t have to be the cultural phenomenon or have the box office success to be deemed a success.

As long as Matt Reeves has a vision and passion for the character (which he apparently does), a story to tell (that certainly looks like the case), and stays loyal to the Batman mythos (he’s a lifelong Batman fan, remember that), all will be well.

I have faith that’s exactly what’s going to happen with THE BATMAN.

Because sometimes, you know, people deserve to have their faith rewarded. – Bill “Jett” Ramey


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A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football (fan since birth/season ticket holder since 2000), Elvis Presley, Rock music, cold beer, dive bars, the city of Austin, his summer house in Minnesota, the University of Texas Longhorns and...THE BATMAN (fan for 50+ years)! He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife ("Announcer Rachel"), his youngest son, and 1.5 Boston Terriers.