TemporalCoder wrote:The rating is incorrect and i am disappointed with the film because of this (flaming commence).
Batman should be a family film (not the same as a kids film by the way)
An interesting viewpoint. I can see how it would be frustrating as a father to not be able to take your entire family to a Batman film, but Batman has always been a darker, harder and more serious look at the superhero genre.
The 80s and 90s films riffed more on the 60s TV series than the comic, so retained its general sense of pantomime and harmless fun, which has skewed people's idea of what the character should be, I think. Although, having said that, Batman Returns is a pretty disturbing film as well - not least for its odd take on mental illness.
I think there's definitely room in the genre for a wide variety of styles, themes and audiences. There's still stuff like Spidey, Iron Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four etc for family viewing. Material like Batman and Watchmen inevitably move towards an older audience, though.
I think the problem isn't so much with Dark Knight getting a 12A rating, but the 12A rating itself (which, coincidentally, was introduced for the 89 Batman). It's a confusing, muddied certificate that sits uncomfortably between PG and 15. Given that 'PG' stands for 'parental guidance', 12A's requirement for adult accompaniment seems a bit unnecessary. That 12A films automatically end up as 15 certs when they come out on DVD speaks volumes, I think.
another thing... it may not have had blood, but it did have sadistic intent which i find worse.
I'll agree with you there. The focus specifically on blood
is a bit daft. The Dark Knight is a very harsh, very forbidding film. Personally I love it, but I wouldn't take kids to see it. It's odd that the BBFC focus on blood and gore specifically, rather than the overall effect of the violence.
Sure, in the interrogation scene the Joker doesn't get bloodied. But it still looks hugely painful, and involves the moral complexity of the supposed hero beating up the supposed villain. It's a hugely powerful scene for adults, but its arguably too intense and morally complex for kids.
The main thing that surprises me about the rating, though, is Harvey Dent's face. It might not be oozing blood and saliva, but it's pretty damned unpleasant.