Hello readers, I’m back and I come with good news. The Batman has returned and he comes back to prove to us just how ambitious Christopher Nolan is as a director. With the odds stacked against him, nobody thought Nolan could assemble a new Batman film to rival the recent “Dark Knight” (2008). Well believe it or not, he has. In my opinion, I would even go as far to say he’s surpassed it. Perhaps not in terms of plot structure or themes, but as far as scale and ambition; “The Dark Knight Rises” is a grand epic! With this final film, Nolan concludes the Batman Legend. At the outset of the film, the story finds Gotham City in the middle of an eight year long “peace time”. Crime is at an all time low for the city and law and order finally has its chance to take charge. Bruce Wayne has hung up his cape and cowl and is beginning to look forward towards the future. It seems that the sun finally seems to be dawning on this once lost city.
Of course that all changes once Bane arrives on the scene. Bane serves as the new antagonist for the Dark Knight and he brings with him real anarchy and a plan to vanquish not only Batman but Gotham once and for all. Despite his tarnished name after the events of The Dark Knight, Batman must fight to save the city. Christian Bale makes his triumphant return as The Dark Knight. Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman reprise their roles as Alfred Pennyworth, Lucious Fox, and Commissioner Gordon. New characters come into play as well. Tom Hardy as the villain Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selena Kyle aka Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a New York City cop, and Marion Cotillard Miranda Tate. As if all those spectacular actors aren’t enough, you’ll find a few familiar characters return to make cameos. I won’t say who though.
The Dark Knight Legend is one I wish could have gone on for longer, but Christopher Nolan does a phenomenal job at bringing closure to the story. This final Batman film delivers grand excitement, grounded performances and the kind of conservative themes rarely embraced in blockbuster films. Levitt brings with his character a real sense of humanity to the story and Hathaway impresses, to say the least. She is by far the greatest Catwoman to date. Hardy brings to his role of Bane a cruel sense of calm, a methodical malice that until now; has not been prevalent in past incarnations of this villain. It would be unfair to compare Hardy’s Bane to Ledger’s Joker. They are not similar in any way, nor should they be. With this conclusion, it is certain “The Dark Knight” trilogy will go down as one of the best in cinema history. All comic book hero moves should strive to be like Nolan’s Batman. Against Batman, all other comic book heroes look like kids running around in their backyards playing pretend.