Preparing for the 'Knight'
Batman freaks and fans of the late Heath Ledger have been quivering for months in anticipation of "The Dark Knight," and now we have less than 48 hours to go. "Knight," starring Bale again as Batman and Ledger as a particularly psychotic Joker, comes to theaters -- including the Imax at Udvar-Hazy -- tomorrow at midnight.
A review will appear in tomorrow's edition of the Post. But in the meantime, I thought I'd amp you up with five teasers related to Christopher Nolan's lengthy-but-thrilling sequel to "Batman Begins."
Teaser 1: During one of several inspired/frightening/hilarious monologues, Ledger -- in his smudged Joker make-up, looking like a guy who just experienced a colossally harsh Halloween night -- quotes a famous line from a Cameron Crowe movie. Is it "Show me the money"? Something Lloyd Dobler said? I'm not telling. OK, you could read one of the early reviews posted on Rotten Tomatoes to find out, but really, where's the fun in that?
Teaser 2: The rumors are true. The Scarecrow, Batman's adversary in "Batman Begins," does indeed make an appearance. But watch closely or you'll miss it.
Teaser 3: In addition to the cast members everyone already knows about -- Bale, Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman -- you'll also see appearances by a star of some classic John Hughes movies, a U.S. senator and an "ageless" actor from TV's "Lost." (Bonus points to anyone who gets why it's doubly brilliant to have cast that last gentleman in a Batman movie.)
Teaser 4: At least one important character dies.
Teaser 5: This last one will really disappoint many of you, but I have to tell the truth. Prince's "Batdance" is not featured at any point in "The Dark Knight." So please: If you feel compelled to "bust that body," do it before you enter the multiplex.
| July 16, 2008; 10:56 AM ET
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