'Fifty Shades of Wayne' Parody Will Change the Way You See Batman
Fifty Shades of Grey is ridiculous, so of course the internet has parodies coming out of its ears. But our favorite so far is this brilliant mash-up trailer of Fifty Shades and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series:
The mash-up essentially replaces Christian Grey with Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne; it takes clips of Dakota Johnson whenever the trailer is from Ana's perspective, and then uses clips of Bruce Wayne in place of Jamie Dornan's Christian. It's hilarious- and somewhat unsettling- because it's weirdly perfect. As creator and Batman fan Josh Meeter said in the Youtube description, "When my wife told me what Fifty Shades of Grey was all about... this is EXACTLY what I had imagined."
Although this is mostly just for fun, the video also probably says something about our culture's fascination with wealthy, successful, and damaged men. (Call it "Don Draper syndrome.") Regardless of the audience a work is aiming for, it seems like we have a morbid admiration for good-looking, charismatic men who are "fifty shades of f*cked up." Make of that what you will, I guess?