Drum roll please. You’ve likely been waiting for the release of The Dark Knight Rises for a long time. It’s been eight years since the last installment with Bruce Wayne and crew; the latest and purportedly final chapter in the Batman trilogy will roar like a Batpod into theatres July 20, 2012. The Dark Knight Rises promises to bring Batman out of his self-imposed reclusion with a theme of redemption. Still dealing with his own personal issues from his childhood, Bruce Wayne must now face some of the pain he still feels from his early days, as well as the blame he feels for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent. Director Christopher Nolan has stated that this Batman adventure film will end, rather than expand on the series, so expect to have many of the loose ends left open in prior films to finally be tied up, and other questions left hanging, finally answered.
Who’s Back/Who’s Not/Who’s New! Returning to reprise their roles from prior Batman flicks are veterans Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader himself, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Nestor Carbonell will also be replaying the role of the Mayor Anthony Garcia. The character of Robin will not be brought back as Christian Bale was noted to say he would refuse to replay his role as Bruce Wayne if his Boy Wonder sidekick were around to steal part of his dark thunder. New players being added to the final Batman chapter are: Tom Hardy as the villain Bane, along with Anne Hathaway now purring her way around as the new version of Catwoman. Marion Cotillard will be playing the somewhat mysterious role of Miranda Tate and if you listen to the pre-movie rumor mill, you might be suspect that there is a secret identity involved in her character.
Rumor Has It! Lots of rumors circle around the release of any big blockbuster film; The Dark Knight Rises is no exception. Although we can’t confirm or deny any of the scuttlebutt, things to consider as you count down the days until Friday are: Is Batman up for the task of tackling the new villain Bane--or has Batman finally met his match? Who is this Bane--and more importantly, is he working for someone else? If so who? Is it possible that the League of Shadows is involved or even Ra’s al Ghul? Plus ... we hear there's some awesome new Batman costumes too!
What We Do Know! There is a lot of secrecy revolving around the plot of The Dark Knight Rises. Apparently there was no written screenplay and the actors were just verbally given their lines while on set so that nothing would leak out! The anticipation is killing us of course, but there are a few things that we do know for sure. Out of respect for Heath Ledger, there will be no mention or references to The Joker whatsoever in this film. Bane, the new terrorist-like, classic movie monster aka villain, has a clear-cut, evil mission. The Catwoman’s role (friend or foe?) is unclear. Bruce Wayne may have some vulnerability that is at issue and Bane will ultimately challenge Batman clearly both physically and mentally. In some of the previews, Bruce Wayne is seen walking with a cane, and we also see Bane once looming over the Dark Knight, inviting as well as inciting him to die.
You will not want to miss this epic superhero thriller that is very likely to make history. Run, don’t walk to a theatre near you, July 20, 2012.
“There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” Selena Kyle