This is a movie blog run by a bunch of guys in their mid-20s; shouldn’t there be like thirty posts slobbering over The Dark Knight by now? We’re in a momentous time when movies, geekery, the internet, and bad assery are all converging and we’ve been silent!

So I’ll chime in. The Dark Knight is the first great movie of the year. I’ve seen a lot of very good movies from 2008 but this tops them all so far. And what makes that so special is that I’m generally not a fan of superhero movies or even action movies really. I thought Iron Man was one of the best in the genre and it was still only about a B for me.

Dark Knight is like someone made a superhero movie especially for ME. It’s dark, stylish, morally complex, and clever. It has some elements of depth that made me think and some scenes that just plain kick some major ass. The story has intriguing twists and turns, the Joker is a brilliantly rendered villain, and there were very few things that made me groan (ahem, sonar phones). It doesn’t come off cartoonish but all the outlandish elements fit within its own world.

The more I think about it the more I like about it. I wasn’t a fanboy before but maybe I am now.

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll have a lot more to say as Dark Knight‘s place in the Oscar picture develops. Supporting Actor, sure. Several technical categories, absolutely. Can it go for Best Picture with its box office haul sure to near $500 million?