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The Dark Knight Rises [2012] (1 disc)

Director:Christopher Nolan
Writer:Christopher Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
Composer:Hans Zimmer
Length:165 minutes
(2 hours 45 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
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IMDB Rating:8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:88%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A new menace emerges and the Dark Knight rises again to protect the city from a merciless terrorist with the help of anti-heroine Selina Kyle.

Reaction: A good movie that follows on the heels of two better ones. The only real problems are that you really start to feel the length as things get worse and worse for Batman, and the simple fact that it's being compared with excellent movies that came before.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Christopher Nolan => Director / Writer
Jonathan Nolan => Writer
Hans Zimmer => Composer
Aaron Eckhart => Harvey Dent (uncredited) (archive footage)
Aidan Gillen => CIA Op
Alon Aboutboul => Dr. Pavel (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Anne Hathaway => Selina
Ben Mendelsohn => Daggett
Brett Cullen => Congressman
Burn Gorman => Stryver
Chris Ellis => Fr. Reilly
Christian Bale => Bruce Wayne
Cillian Murphy => Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Daniel Sunjata => Captain Jones
Gary Oldman => Commissioner Gordon
Gus Lewis => Bruce Wayne - Age 8 (uncredited) (archive footage)
John Nolan => Fredericks
Joseph Gordon-Levitt => Blake
Josh Pence => Young Ra's Al Ghul
Josh Stewart => Barsad
Juno Temple => Jen
Liam Neeson => Ra's Al Ghul
Linus Roache => Thomas Wayne (uncredited) (archive footage)
Marion Cotillard => Miranda
Marvin Duerkholz => Logan (uncredited)
Matthew Modine => Foley
Michael Caine => Alfred
Morgan Freeman => Fox
Nestor Carbonell => Mayor
Reggie Lee => Ross
Rob Brown => Allen
Tom Hardy => Bane
Tyler Dean Flores => Mark
Will Estes => Officer Simon Jansen
William Devane => President

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The final fight marks the only occasion in either this series or the Burton/Schumacher films in which Batman is seen during the daytime.
  • Christopher Nolan said that this film's theme deals with "Pain". For Batman Begins, it was on "Fear", while The Dark Knight deals on "Chaos".
  • While doing promotional interviews for the film Tom Hardy stated that the most difficult parts of the movie to shoot were the fight scenes. Not because of the physicality of them, but because he was such a huge Batman fan growing up that he said "it felt like I was beating up my childhood hero". However he also said that despite his worship of the character, the moment Christopher Nolan yelled 'action' Hardy just started throwing punches as hard as he could.
  • It is shown in flashbacks that Bane was still an adult when Miranda was a child. Tom Hardy, who plays Bane, is two years younger than Marion Cotillard, who plays Miranda.
  • In the early minutes of each film in the trilogy the main villain (Ra's Al Guhl, Joker, Bane) disguises himself as one of his own henchmen and there is a conversation about said villain in each scene.
  • According to producers, the line "That's a lovely, lovely voice" was improvised by Tom Hardy.
  • According to Christopher Nolan, Bane was chosen as the film's main antagonist "to test Batman mentally as well as physically."
  • This marks the second trilogy of movies in which Liam Neeson plays a character who is killed in the first movie, only to subsequently return incorporeally to communicate with a central character in a later movie (the other trilogy being the [Star Wars] prequels.)
  • Christian Bale is the first actor to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne in three [Batman] films.
  • Tom Hardy has several large tattoos on his chest and arms that had to be covered using heavy cake makeup for the film.
  • Each movie from the [Dark Knight trilogy] is 12 minutes longer than the previous one (Batman Begins (2005) is 140 minutes, The Dark Knight 152 and The Dark Knight Rises.
  • In the film there are a total of five Oscar winners: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway and three Oscar nominees: Gary Oldman, Tom Conti, Liam Neeson. Additionally, Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal appears in archive footage, bringing the total nominees to nine, unprecedented in a comic book film.
  • This is the first [Batman] movie created by Christopher Nolan that did not get a Academy Award nomination, and the second [Batman] film (after Batman & Robin) which did not receive a single nomination.
  • Had Heath Ledger not died, the film would have involved the Joker going on trial while Two-Face (who survived the last film) went on a rampage across Gotham.
  • Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley, Eva Green and Keira Knightley all auditioned for the role of Selina Kyle. After the initial audition process, Hathaway, Biel and Mara all screen tested. Ultimately, Anne Hathaway won the role.
  • During one of the scenes involving the kangaroo court, Bane can be seen sitting in the rear of the courtroom quietly knitting. Given the influence that Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan says Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities had on the story, this is presumably an allusion to Madame Defarge and her practice of knitting while watching public guillotine executions.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Mark Ruffalo were considered to play John Blake before Joseph Gordon-Levitt was ultimately cast. DiCaprio was one of the actors considered to play Robin in Batman Forever before [?] Chris O'Donnell[?] got the part.
  • ChloŽ Grace Moretz and Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for Juno Temple's role of Jen, Selina Kyle's sidekick.
  • When Officer Blake talks about "giant alligators" being in the sewer line, this may be an intentional nod towards [Batman] villain Killer Croc.
  • Robin Williams was rumored to play the role of Hugo Strange.
  • Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Marion Cotillard were considered to play Miranda Tate before Cotillard finally got the role. Cotillard started filming one month after she gave birth to her son, Marcel.
  • There are several moments in the film where it is hinted that the child was not Bane. Bane tells Batman he never saw light 'til he was already a man. Furthermore, the child that escapes from the pit is not scarred despite the fact we know Bane was treated within the prison.
  • Bane has a triangular scar on the side of his head, most visible during the stock exchange scene. Miranda Tate has an identical scar on her back, noticeable during her love scene with Bruce, thus hinting at her membership in the League of Shadows and true identity as Talia.