Managing expectations is not an easy thing, especially when that thing happens to be the newest Batman film from Christopher Nolan. I don’t need to explain to you how immensely popular this film series has become, or how good the last two in the series were. The marketing machine has already done that for you. Even if you were like me and avoided the trailers and images from the movie, you still were exposed to it. It’s good then, that I can say that The Dark Knight Rises actually lives up to its hype and works as an excellent bookend for the Nolan Batman films.
The Dark Knight Rises works as a double sequel, spending much of the first half addressing the event of The Dark Knight, while spending the second half addressing Batman Begins. The Dark Knight Rises jumps 8 years ahead from The Dark Knight. Gotham has become virtually crime free, thanks to the false martyrdom of Harvey Dent which has brought in new tougher crime laws. Batman hasn’t been seen since the night of Dent’s death, eight years prior, which in turn makes Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) a shut in. Of course, all of this is thrown out of motion by the arrival of Bane (Tom Hardy and his pecs). Joining the fray is the morally questionable Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), fellow philanthropist and Wayne Enterprises executive, Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), Detective Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and Batman regulars; Alfred (Michael Caine), Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman).
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