The Dark Knight Rises: THE WAIT IS OVER!

Christian Bale as Batman
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon
Tom Hardy as Bain
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle
Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox

Out in theaters July 20

Batman fans rejoice!  The wait is over! Your Caped Crusader is back and pulling NO punches in the fight to save Gotham City!

Eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight,” after the death of Harvey Dent, Gotham has enjoyed a peaceful existence with Dent being the face of all that is good in Gotham. Although he can’t, Commissioner Gordon really wants to tell the public the truth – that Batman took the blame for Harvey’s crimes.  There looms a terrifying threat on Gotham’s shores in the form of mercenary/terrorist Bain (Tom Hardy).  Bain wants to give control of Gotham back to the people, by any means necessary, but only for a darker purpose!

Bain has pronounced a death sentence for the citizens of Gotham and it’s up to The Caped Crusader, Commissioner Gordon, and the police to stop him, but not before Bain tries to eliminate The Batman from the picture permanently.

The Batman is joined in his exploits this time by the stylish yet deadly streetwise cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) who gives us a much needed fresh take on Catwoman. Selina is a no-nonsense, down to brass tacks girl who knows how to use her feminine wiles to her best advantage. Added to the mix is a young go-getter, detective John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who, despite his 8 year absence, still believes in The Batman (and also who could possibly be the continuation of the series).  Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), a member of the Wayne Enterprises executive board is who encourages a still-grieving Bruce Wayne to rejoin with society and continue his father’s philanthropic works, and of course Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). Thanks to Lucius, as expected, The Batman also has a wonderful array of gadgets to aid him in his task of saving Gotham, including the return of the Batcycle. I freaking’ LOVE that bike!  (And Anne looks fabulous on it!)

Christopher Nolan’s direction is taut and suspenseful, and the action is hard-hitting. We see how Bruce has struggled within himself for the past 8 years to come to terms with his life. When Bain seeks to eliminate Bruce from the picture, it is then that we see the “down but never out” spirit of the Dark Knight rise out of the darkness to take back his beloved Gotham from the jaws of pure evil. You really feel for The Batman here; this is no camp treatment – this is hardcore. Oh and the twist (and there is an unexpected twist) like a knife in the gut…you never see it coming.

Even though this movie can stand alone there are threads that go all the way back to Batman Begins, thus tying up the trilogy into a neat package. And, although Christian has said this is the last time he will play The Batman, it is left wide open for a new cinematic chapter to the “Dark Knight” saga.

Super hero fans and Batman fans: you should NOT miss this film.

5 out of 5 stars.

Check out the trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” below:

 

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