The marketing for The Dark Knight Rises has been rather perplexing in one regard. The trailers and TV spots released thus far make it hard to get a real grasp on what the underlying themes will be, and how they will be tackled. Batman Begins and The Dark Knight addressed the war on terror. Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, one wonders how or if Nolan will continue down that path. One also wonders what else he’ll introduce into the fray. The riot scenes shown in the trailer seem to allude to the Occupy Movement, but it’s hard to tell how this will figure into the story. It’s also clear that Bane represents a substantial threat not only to Batman, but to Gotham City as well. That being said, who is he? Is he simply another terrorist, or is he something more? Two new featurettes have been released to help clear up the confusion.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Never let it be said that rap music never tackles truly mature subject matter. Nas manages to do just that with his latest, an ode to divorce entitled “Bye Baby.” The song describes the painful realities of love gone sour, and the sobering self-realization that occurs thereafter. It’s essentially an open note to his ex-wife, Kelis. Surprisingly, it’s not a letter of the poison pen, but a very open and honest correspondence his former spouse.