I was watching 'Batman Begins' last night and well, it brought up a few things. Firstly, Batman ROCKS. Second, Christian Bale is AWESOME. Now, you may disagree in which case, to quote a wise man, 'I pity the fool'. It also puts to mind the death knell of (I hope) the man-child heroes we've been having to deal with for the last few years. Yes, I mean you, R-Patz.
Looking at the summer releases and what's popular on the box I do get the feeling that we are entering a new era of 'old school' bad-assness. Lets look at the list, shall we?
1. The Dark Knight Rises promises BAD-ASS extreme. Firstly it will wrap up the Christopher Nolam era of Batman which I think is the standard all other superhero movies, damn it, ALL movies, should be measured against. Christian Bale is nothing if intense and Tom Hardy looks damn frightening as Bane. I've purposefully avoided all trailers and spoilers in this one but you've got two physical powerhouses facing off and only one will walk away. Any comic fan will also know Bane was the one bad-guy to break the Bat so it could be all to play for.
2. Prometheus. Michael Fassbender and Ridley Scott and Alien. What's not to love? If anyone threatens Bale's crown of BAD-ASS KING then it's Fassbender. The guy was the best thing by far in the XMen:First Class and frankly, when Craif retires as Bond Fassbender's name will be at the top of the list as a replacement.
3. Avengers Asssemble. A nerd-gasm of superheroes. The director, Wheldon, is the man who knows how to handle esemble pieces and is a fan-boy favourite (the guy invented Buffy, fcs!) and if anyone saw Firefly and Serenity, he mixes family dynamics, action, humour and tragedy perfectly. I have high hopes for this one. And don't you just want to see Stark and Cap America face off?
4. Game of Thrones, season 2. I just saw Headhunters starting Nikolaj Coster Waldau, the guy who plays Jaime Lannister. Tall, ridiculously good lookin' and totally ammoral. Now I know everyone's going on about Peter Dinklage but I reckon Nik will be the breakout boy from the series.
What's interesting is that all the bad-asses above are around forty. Boys need not apply. It makes sense. Bad-ass is about reputation and you only get that with longevity. It shows you've done more than played, you've survived and it the game of bad-ass, that counts for everything.