Friday’s Movie Madness saw the defeat of a movie icon, when Rocky Balboa went down against Voldemort. In the other matchup, Boba Fett’s stardom proved too much for the wily assassin Fox. Today, we get to witness the much anticipated battle between Christian Bale’s version of the Caped Crusader and Heath Ledger’s Joker. In the other matchup, we’ll head on over to the HD DVD bracket to see how swordsman Inigo Montoya fares against Dutch.
I swear that when I was picking these character names at random, there was no rigging. It was fate that wanted Batman and Joker in the same bracket. Not only are these two lifelong foes going up against each other, but these two especially have some bad blood. They were both in the same film together. If this was Bale’s Batman and Nicholson’s Joker, then it wouldn’t have the same oomph. Maybe we’ll get to find out exactly who is the baddest of them all.
Christian Bale’s Batman – He won, by a sizable margin, in the Batman playoff we had at the beginning of the tournament. It was obvious that the majority of fans thought that Bale was the best and most capable Batman for a tournament of death. But has he finally met his match?
Tools of the Trade: Bale’s Batman is a master at martial arts, like the other Batmen, but his martial arts skills seem much more real and honed. While many of the other Batmen seemed to be too cartoony, Bale brought Batman back down to a humanistic level. After all, he is human. No special super powers here.
Heath Ledger’s Joker – There’s was no need to have a playoff between Ledger and Nicholson for the best Joker. Some may disagree, but I think Ledger’s Joker is the only one crazy and badass enough to enter into a tournament where fights to the death are required.
Tools of the Trade: Dynamite, gun powder, gasoline, and a heaping helping of crazy. Need I say more?
Batman vs. The Joker
- Batman (66%, 74 Votes)
- The Joker (34%, 38 Votes)
Total Voters: 112
In the first round, Dutch was able to defeat Captain Barbossa, a contestant who doesn’t ever seem to die. Inigo had a much easier go in the first round as he bested HAL 9000. How that fight actually took place, I have no idea. All I know is that it would have been funny watching Inigo whack his sword against a giant glowing red eye.
Dutch – I was surprised, honestly, that Dutch made it passed Barbossa. Yeah, it was the whole gun versus swords argument, but Barbossa had what seems to be eternal life on his side. The guy just doesn’t die. For Dutch to pull off a victory like that is pretty amazing. He may go far in this tournament.
Tools of the Trade: He’s got a big ol’ gun. This is your classic gun versus sword matchup, and his gun will most likely prove too much for Inigo to handle.
Inigo Montoya – Let’s face it, he had a good run. He showed the 21st century what was up when he took out an evil, sentient computer by some miracle. It just seems that going up against Dutch may be an insurmountable obstacle.
Tools of the Trade: If he has one thing going for him, it’s patience and the ability to hold one hell of a grudge. Inigo can wait and wait, until you forget about what you did that made him so upset, and then he strikes. His heart and determination could easily play a factor here too.
Inigo Montoya vs. Dutch
- Dutch (80%, 91 Votes)
- Inigo Montoya (20%, 23 Votes)
Total Voters: 114