The immediate thought that came to mind after the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises: Has there ever been a trilogy that has reinvented its genre in such a way? Has there ever been three movies so complementary of each other and so well executed that it has become the new standard bearer by leaps and bounds? Not recently.
To be sure, several franchises have begun and rebooted to critical acclaim (X-Men and Spiderman, to name a couple), but all have universally lost their momentum by the third installment. Batman is the new standard in comic book adaptations, and it may never be topped.
Set eight years after The Dark Knight, we see the ramifications of the character’s choices in the first two movies. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a recluse, driven by his pain and inability to escape the memory of Rachel Dawes. He has distanced himself from confidants Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine).
1. Let’s start with the basketball standpoint. Lin was the best point guard option available. Felton, by all accounts, is overweight and coming off the worst season of his career. Kidd, or the shell that’s left of him, is 39, (though he apparently still has the party habits of someone 20 years his junior). Pablo Prigioni has even less NBA experience than Lin. Are there arguments that Lin isn’t the best of the group? Sure. But then again, this wasn’t a money decision.
2. Nope. This wasn’t about money. This was about loyalty. Jim Dolan gave Jeremy Lin his chance, and Lin stabbed him in the back. And by “giving a chance,” I mean signing the dotted line below Lin’s minimum NBA pay check, and by “stabbing him in the back,” I mean shopping around for a contract because Dolan and the rest of the knuckleheads in the front office told him to. How dare Lin accept a contract for more money to become a millionaire when he made $600 million for Cablevision and single-handedly ended the Time Warner Cable dispute? Seriously, if anyone handed you $5 million dollars, would you *ever* turn that down? Where was it written in stone that Lin had to come back to New York?