The Dark Knight Rises

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Year of Release: 2012

Genre: Comic Book

Related to/Remake of: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight

Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Music By: Hans Zimmer

Starring: Christian Bale (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (as Alfred Pennyworth), Gary Oldman (as James Gordon), Anne Hathaway (as Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (as Bane), Marion Cotillard (as Miranda Tate), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as John Blake), Morgan Freeman (as Lucius Fox), Matthew Modine (as Peter Foley), Ben Mendelsohn (as John Daggett), and Burn Gorman (as Philip Stryver)

Basic Plot: After the events of the last film, Bruce Wayne has gone in to self-imposed exile, and a new menace has focused his attention on Gotham City.  Bane, formerly a member of the League of Shadows, has decided to complete the goal of Ra’s al Ghul and bring the city to ruins, forcing Batman to once again serve as Gotham’s protector.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: Here is finally an opponent that is physically superior to Batman himself.  Tom Hardy does a great job of using his facial expressions to express menace, making up the fact that half his face is covered at all times.  Some truly brutal hand-to-hand combat scenes.  Anne Hathaway shines as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.  A rousing finish to Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy”.

Cons: Bane’s breathing mask makes some of the things he says difficult to understand.  He’s also not as compelling a villain as The Joker.