ITEM! Somtimes even Yours Truly has to give credit-where-credit-is-due. Not often, but I do what I can. Today, it seems that the Distinguished Conglomerate’s tentpole movie for the summer has already set one record before it even leaves the Batcave. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Dark Knight will open tomorrow in a record-breaking 4,366 domestics playdates, which could be double and triple-screened into over 9,200 screens in the U.S. and Canada.
They really should thank us at Marvel Studios for getting the crowd all warmed up for ‘em. You’re welcome, Warner! See? That’s how we do things here at the House of Ideas. Since we have the swingingest super-heroes on the scene, it behooves us to be gracious and magnanimous to our less-fortunate brothers and sisters over at Brand Ecch. Lord knows they have enough to deal with as it is. Word has even leaked out that they think they have a shot at beating Spider-Man 3’s opening weekend. If anyone over there really wants to bet your Uncle Stanley on that one, I’ll take the bet with the same table stakes I used winning my last box office bet. Loser has to get a Spidey body-paint job and parade around naked up and down Sunset and Vine in broad daylight! But you might want to ask Avi Arad how that bet ended up for him before you call.
So until The Dark Knight opens up at 12:01 am tonight, here's a little something to tide you over. This is what would really happen if the Dark Knight tangled with Ol' Greenskin! It's got a certain Bambi Meets Godzilla appeal that I think you'll enjoy!