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No sequel can compete with the DARK NIGHT but this is as close as you can get. Perfect ending to the trilogy. I say A,
This review is from: The Dark Knight Rises (DVD)
"You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny... We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die." Eight years after Batman defeated the Joker and Harvey Dent's anti-crime bills became law Gotham is almost crime free. Bruce Wayne has become a shut-in and the Batman hasn't been seen in as long. When a psychotic ex-prisoner named Bane appears in Gotham and threatens to destroy Batman and the city Bruce is left to make a difficult choice. I have liked every Batman movie that has been made (except Batman & Robin) and this most recent trilogy has been amazing. They have all been really rich in story and they feel like movies and not just comic-book movies. I said when THE DARK NIGHT came out that no movie can live up to the hype of that movie but that came as close as you could. That movie set the bar for the franchise to an almost unreachable height and no sequel can really compete with that movie...but this one came as close as you could. While not as psychotic as the Joker, Bane is a great companion villain to him and is more calculating then the Joker was. There are many sub-plots going on but the movie doesn't feel jumbled at all. I have to say for Nolan to end this the way he did shows huge guts and if the studio was smart this would be the end of the franchise. While the Tim Burton movies were fun and good the Nolan trilogy had much more substance and I really don't think that the Batman character can benefit from a new director and style. He said this is his final Batman and as much as I hate to say it this should be the final movie in the franchise as well. In Hollywood though its the money and not the quality that dictates what is made. Overall, a perfect conclusion to the trilogy. I give it an A.
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Initial post: Sep 4, 2012 7:18:32 AM PDT
John Panagopoulos says:
"I have to say for Nolan to end this the way he did shows huge guts and if the studio was smart this would be the end of the franchise."
I thoroughly agree with you. Much as I admired Nolan's Batman, I think it would be an enormous cop-out if somehow he survived the atomic explosion (e.g. ejecting from the Bat at the last possible moment before detonation). Why can't Blake be the Batman's successor, instead of "merely" being Robin?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 12:22:19 PM PDT
Ummmm, but he DID survive. How else do you explain the outdoor cafe scene with Alfred at the end?
And he didn't eject at the last possible moment. The most believable theory is he switched Bat's while in the city after flying away from the Commish and set the original Bat with the bomb on autopilot and then headed the other way in the 2nd Bat.
Posted on Oct 3, 2012 4:36:13 PM PDT
King Brahmin says:
Posted on Oct 3, 2012 4:38:25 PM PDT
King Brahmin says:
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 11:06:15 AM PDT
Reference 54 says:
@ John Panagopoulos ~ Blake WAS Robin, throughout the entire film. Nolan's films take place in a "real world", as opposed to the cartoonish setting of Burton's verion (as well as everyone else's). Instead of wearing a costume, like Batman, Blake was a police detective. But his relationship to Batman, throughout the film, was virtually the same as comic book Robin's. We just didn't discover that he was actually Robin, until the film's closing. And he DID become Batman's successor. Batman left him the Bat Cave. In the end, it's assumed that he becomes the city's new protector. He will no doubt select his own alter ego, as well as a new name.
I just hope Warner Bros. doesn't attempt to make a spin-off with his character. Nolan ended the trilogy perfectly...he left the audience wanting more. If someone else follows up with another film, it will detract from the finale, which left everything to our own imagination.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012 10:51:43 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2012 3:34:49 AM PDT
Who would have thought we needed another Joker after 'Jack'? It's likely that Batman will rise again..... always has!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2012 4:42:41 AM PDT
Reference 54 says:
As long as his comeback is NOT related to the Nolan trilogy, I really don't care. But any attempt to continue the story, directly based on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, would be a terrible mistake.
Just look at how Tim Burton's interpretation of Batman suffered from Schumacher's disastrous attempt at a continuation. And Burton's films were extremely flawed and wholly mediocre, to begin with.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 10:27:35 PM PST
they already are... Blake has been confirmed to appear in the Justice League Films as THE BAT!