You know, the thing about Star Trek
is they use more theater people, Shakespearean-trained
. (I've done a lot of Shakespeare, most of the Klingons have done a lot of Shakespeare) ...They tend to go with people who can operate in a strangely heightened reality and somehow make it as close to reality as you can.
—J. G. Hertzler
First, there is a brief opening that manages to cram David Warner
and John Glover
into the first five minutes; that is in itself no small accomplishment. Half of the weird character actors in Hollywood are in this movie... Honestly, I was waiting for Dennis Hopper
or Crispin Glover to show up, causing the movie to collapse in on itself from overt weirdness.
This is a movie where Brenda rides alligators as water skis. We need to get that out of the way. Josh:
Of course. John:
I also want to be open and say the instant this movie started I was on board with it...It very quickly establishes who she is, what sheís like, whatís at stake, and that this is a universe where rival journalists wear fur wraps to police shootouts. Josh:
Where journalism rivalries are worth dying and/or killing for.
Owing to the influence from pulps like The Shadow
and its heroís nocturnal theme, Gotham was always a little darker than average, but thereís really nothing in those original stories that required an environment that wasnít, say, New York City. Itís not until creators like Dick Sprang start playing around with the environment to make chase scenes and set pieces more exciting that Gotham really becomes distinct as this strange world of larger-than-life props and 'advertising displays' mounted on the sides of buildings. I love that idea, that Gotham is by its very nature a place thatís bigger than life, where everything ó advertising, crime, heroism, everything
ó is operating on this massively grand scale. Thatís the kind of environment that could produce the Riddler...