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The Dark Knight (Batman) Paperback – 21 Jul 2008


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  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1st edition (21 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848560427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848560420
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 16.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Denny O'Neil was for years a group editor at DC Comics and the guiding force behind the Batman mythos during the '80s and '90s, helping to return the character to his roots as a dark and mysterious gothic avenger. He has written several novels and works of non-fiction and has also penned, amongst others, Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Daredevil, The Hulk, Green Lantern and Superman. During his tenure on Batman, he created many characters including Ra's Al Ghul.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr Eagle G on 29 July 2008
I'm about seven chapters in and I've gotta say this book is abysmal. It's poorly written, shallow and feels rushed. A lot of the subtle moments are totally removed; the tone of the Jokers voice, his walk, just how terrifying he is for example, all these details add up to make a mental picture in your mind which is part of what reading fiction is all about. O'Neil describes none of them, the Joker could be a postman for all the info we get.

We recieve no inclination about how the characters are feeling, or how they do things - much of the dialogue from the film is reported with litltle emotion and it feels as if Denny O Neil was rushing his way through the Nolan script in order to meet a tight deadline. The action scenes are dull and overall the writing just feels stale, it doesn't jump off the page at all.

A sample of the turgid writing; he describes Comissioner Leob's death as '...he made a few gurgling sounds and within seconds was dead.' Talk about sucking the drama out of the scene.

There's also page after page of boring exposition. Fair enough, the story of what Crane got up to after 'Begins' is a neat inclusion, but it bogs down the book and gets in the way of the actual TDK story. O' Neil seems to do this for more than one of the characters, even the infodump for Bruce Wayne is annoying. The events of the film don't begin until you're a quater of the way through the book, the first couple of chapters should've been called 'In case you haven't read Batman Begins...'

Very poor. Only earns a star because I'm a Batman fanatic.
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This is the movie that broke all the rules of what a 'comic-book movie' should be. And aren't we glad it did... This was a film that was unafraid to defy convention. The shackles of the 'superhero' genre that were carefully loosened with Begins, are utterly splintered with The Dark Knight. Nolan crafted a work that didn't merely make us root for our hero in idle passiveness, rather it made us question & scrutinize him... Genius.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S P Mead on 17 Aug 2008
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This book is the official 'novelisation' of the new film "The Dark Knight". Accordingly, the story of the book follows the plot of the film. In this sense, it's a good story - as the movie is well written and action packed. However, in every other sense this is a poor novel.

There is very little character development, and the overall style and tone of the book feels as if it were written for very young adults (age 11 to 14). But this is not the intended readership - as there is a children's novelisation, quite distinct from this book.

Like a different reviewer, I agree this book reads as if its writer were rushed. I say this because I've read other books by the same writer - Denny O'Neill. In fact, he wrote the novelisation for the film "Batman Begins" - which was a better book (3 stars).

Even so, in my view O'Neill should not have been asked to write this book (or any other Batman novel, regardless of whether they are slightly better than this) - because he's simply not a "great" fiction writer in terms of full-length novels. He is good in terms of comic books, but that's very different from novels.

The story of Batman's origins, as well as his first few years, has never been well presented in conventional book format. The story needs to be handled by a great writer - which O'Neill is not.

If you are a big fan, or a young reader, this will be ok - otherwise avoid.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter K. on 9 Feb 2009
Honestly... this felt a little flat. Its very rare that the movie is actually better than the book. In this case it is.

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