Batman movie finally made it to China! As an early birthday gift to my husband, I took Michael to see it last night. Boy do I ever miss Macau where films open 1-3 weeks before the rest of the world!
Halfway through the film, there's a scene that takes place at a football game. The crowd rises to their feet as a little boy sings America's national anthem. I started to rise to my feet as well, an unbreakable habit since spending the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of high school in what was then the USSR.
I ended up staying uncomfortably in my seat, but I couldn't hold back the tears after hearing the Star Spangled Banner for the first time in over a year. The song finished and the screen erupted with typical action film explosions, quickly ending my emotional, patriotic moment and sucking me back into the latest crisis to face Gotham City.
Living in China, I completely missed joining in with my fellow Americans who tuned in to the Olympics, watching our flag fly while our athletes clutched their gold medals. But that's okay, because I've got the wholly fictional Batman to keep my sense of national pride intact. I'll take it where I can get it.