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July 19th 2012. I will always remember this date for the rest of my living days.
Hours before the Midnight premiere to The Dark Knight Rises i stopped by a friends tattoo shop because it was a special day. Come midnight, it would be marking the first time in history a Live Action Batman film trilogy had been completed.
And who better to cross the finish line than none other than Mr Christopher Nolan. He has done wonders for DC with his interpretation of Batman. He’s brought him into an atmosphere we don’t see quite often. His Batman, is darker, grittier, much closer to home, it’s believable enough to question whether Batman is really out there protecting any one of our cities as we sleep.
Anyway! I got my personal Batman tattoo done to commemorate the event.
ATTENTION, BEYOND THIS POINT, MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK
The Dark Knight Rises takes place 8 years following the events of The Dark Knight.
Bruce Wayne is weak, beat, his body has been pushed to the limit. So bad he uses a cane to help support his battered body. Harvey Dent is Dead, yet his legacy lives on through the Harvey Dent Act, which has put a huge majority of Gotham’s criminals behind bars with denial of parole and so on. All orchestrated by Commissioner Jim Gordon, who has sworn to secrecy the true nature of Dent (two face).
Although all this is sewn together by a false ideal, things seem to be running smooth, to the point where Bruce has decided the world no longer needs Batman. So he puts up his cape. Little does he know that Bane has been working diligently underground, waiting, for his time to come, with revolution and chaos on his mind.
I loved attending the midnight for this film. The theater was filled with such energy an excitement, and once the previews started rolling in, it was as if time slowed down. We just wanted them to hurry up! We knew that it was a moment’s time before the Most Anticipated Film of 2012 would be witnessed.
SIDENOTE: I absolutely LOVED the Man of Steel trailer. It was so epic, i have never been so stoked for a blue blur film until now :) we’ll see you next years Clark!
Everything was captured so damn perfectly, every emotion, every punch, every event, captured beautifully. Nolan really has a talent for this. More than 2/3 of the movie was filmed using IMAX cameras, and i was lucky to watch this one in it’s true format. It was my first time as well so you can imagine the intensity that came with it. It was one of the best experiences i have ever had!
This film like all the rest was an A-List filled juggernaut, led by Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman as well as some newcomers the beautiful Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy. Everyone was perfect, such flawless talent these people carry. The chemistry betwen Batman and Catwoman was incredible, the love-hate relationship they have for each other was captured perfectly. Bane was exactly how he should be, unlike Schumacher’s version (we shall never speak of again). He was so frightful, his dialogue would run chills down your spine.
The scene where he almost destroys Batman was jaw dropping, although i saw it coming, i was still so hard to watch as one of my idols was being beaten down and all i could do was sit and keep watching.
My favorite character from the entire series is Alfred Pennyworth, hands down.
He is the heart and soul of the series, his relationship with Bruce extends farther than just business, he is like a son to him. He knew that once he puts on the cowl, there is no going back. And once he took it off for good, things will never be the same. He has tried his ultimate best to keep Bruce out of the crime fighting limelight to where he decides to leave Wayne Manor, as a way of saying “I wouldn’t want to be around when you ultimately fail”
Now, when Wayne was in The Pit, he was being cared for by an inmate, who suspiciously had the same attitude as his Butler. Now at that moment i believed, that Alfred never left his side to begin with. And that my friends, is how much of an impact he has on Bruce. At the end of the film i couldn’t help but tearjerk, fucking Alfred destroyed my defenses and just got me right in the feels.
I did enjoy the Robin reveal but i wish his name was Richard or Tim, that would have been a better homage to Robin than anything but im okay with this nonetheless
As far as the ending is concerned i gotta say, Nolan has done the impossible, he did what so many villains and others have failed to do.
Kill The Batman.
and yet, not only did he do that, he did it and we were okay with it.
He did it and THEN brought him back from the dead. He did what i first suspected when rumors first became afloat about the possible killing of Batman.
Bruce Wayne/Batman may be “Dead”, but his legacy lives on. He is a Symbol of Gotham. He has shown the people of Gotham that Batman lives inside of us all.
“A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulder to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”
Batman: A hero Gotham deserved, a Sworn Protector, The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
dir by Christopher Nolan