The Dark Knight Rises

This summer is the summer of the superhero flick. The Avengers has already dominated the box office worldwide and has shattered records, now holding the title of the third highest grossing movie of all time. The Amazing Spider-Man is next up to the plate, bringing the crew of Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield, and Emma Stone to reboot the wall-crawler with more emphasis on the comic book source material. But the third film, which will be headed to theaters within the next few weeks, is probably the most anticipated (outside of The Avengers). Batman will return for his final outing this summer, and audiences are already purchasing tickets online in hopes of gaining a good seat to witness the event.

Director Christopher Nolan has put countless hours into this film to ensure that it is everything a superhero movie should be as well as serving as a great ending to his fantastic trilogy. This Batman trilogy has prided itself on how well grounded and realistic it has been, utilizing some very plausible plot devices to drive the narrative. The team of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman return, accompanied with Anne
Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy. Hathaway takes on the role of the scandalous femme fatale Catwoman, an anti-hero that plays both sides of the law to get what she wants. Tom Hardy will take on the villainous role of Bane, the masked menace that is hellbent on destroying Gotham and Batman.

Bane is a villain that is unknown to most, striking many as a strange choice for the antagonist for the final Batman film. But put any doubt to rest, for Bane is probably one of the most dangerous and sinister villains that have ever emerged out of Batman’s rogues’ gallery. The villain – in the comics – is credited as the only man to cripple Bruce Wayne (by breaking his back) and topple the mantle of the Dark Knight. Such a foe, one that is both physically intimidating and mentally challenging, will prove to be the ultimate counterpart to the Caped Crusader.

The Dark Knight Rises will be a sendoff for the Nolan trilogy and the last time we get to see Christian Bale under the cowl. But the film promises to be the ultimate movie, packed with great action, a fulfilling story, and a character arc for the Dark Knight that will be coming full-circle. Do not hesitate to purchase your tickets for this movie, and do not miss out on this cinematic experience. As Commissioner Gordon may put it, “It is the movie that we need and the one that we deserve.”

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