DARK KNIGHT TRAILER SPOILERS
the amount of acting packed into that one word (where we can assume two-face gets his scars) is amazing. the absolute desperation in his voice when he calls out "no" is heartbreaking. the level of talent in this movie has me salavating.
i also really like the implied characterization of the joker's thugs. they show him rallying these hardcore criminals to band together under him, fucking scary-looking dudes who, as evidenced in the previously-released long clip, are tough bastards with experience and expertise, rather than punk rock cliches or campy terrorists in matching outfits.
this joker has the reservoir dogs working for him.
MINOR IRON MAN SPOILERS
i'm gonna go out on a limb and call "batman begins" the best comic book movie so far with dark knight poised to overtake it. i loved iron man as much as anybody, but beyond the good acting, amazing action, well-executed origin and cool references, the threat itself is pretty standard.
it gets through everything that makes iron man who he is, making it fun and interesting, but then for the final threat, it resorts to an old standby. the hero's rival becomes his enemy, tries to kill him, but stark and his lady friend (the only person who really knows him) team up to turn the tables at the last minute and the threat is gone forever with no consequences. obviously, there are minor tweaks to make the pattern interesting, but that's the story at its core, and it feels familiar.
batman, though, gave us (and seems to still be giving us) more new angles than we can process at once. i say that while iron man is well-executed, batman is truly innovative.