Number One on my list of films (as well as many other people’s) for the remainder of 2012 is the final Christopher Nolan Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. It only makes sense that this film would have an even greater level of anticipation than it’s predecessor in the series, The Dark Knight, which was especially fueled by the tragic saga of Heath Ledger, who overdosed on prescription drugs just a few months before the film’s theatrical release. The film grossed just over $1 billion at the box office, which is the twelfth-highest mark of any film in worldwide sales to date.
The Dark Knight Rises begins with Batman on the run from Gotham City Police after taking responsibility for the crimes of the late Harvey Dent to protect Dent’s reputation. It is eight years later when Bruce Wayne/Batman returns to Gotham. Now, the villains taking over the city are revealed to be Bane and Selina Kyle (Catwoman).
The film, directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer, returns Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox. Bane is played by Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway plays Selina Kyle. Secondary characters include Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, and Matthew Modine. Many members of the Pittsburgh Steelers have cameo roles as the Gotham Rogues football team. I would like to point out (as a side note) that this cast includes four (4) Oscar winners (Bale, Caine, Cotillard, and Freeman), an impressive feat for a big-budget action film.
One clue to at least a secondary plotline is the revelation that Liam Neeson has a cameo role, and while it is unclear whether it is in flashbacks or not, the importance to the plot remains.
There has been some speculation among fans as to if Bruce Wayne will even survive this final film. This theory comes about from a short conversation in the trailer between Batman and Selina Kyle:
Kyle: “You don’t owe these people any more. You’ve given them everything.”
Wayne: “Not everything. Not yet.”
Nolan was reluctant to return for this third film and killing off Batman would put an end to the series and alleviate any pressure on him to return for a fourth. As well, Bale has said that this is his last film as Batman, and he is becoming typecast in the role, which is never good for an actor. Nolan has said: “The key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story…rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story…Unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever…” That sounds like not only the end for the story but the end of Bruce Wayne.
- Six New ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Banners Highlight Batman Versus Bane, Shoddy Photoshop (screencrave.com)
- Clues from the Comics About Batman’s Fate in The Dark Knight Rises [Dark Knight Rises] (io9.com)
- ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Set Interviews: Characters, Fighting, IMAX & The New Gotham (screenrant.com)
- New ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Details: Studio Wanted DiCaprio as Riddler (screenrant.com)
- The Dark Knight Rises receives ‘Most Manticipated’ at ‘Guys Choice Awards’ (examiner.com)