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What Worked & What Didn't In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

by Oliver Lyttelton
July 23, 2012 3:20 PM
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The newcomers are pretty much terrific across the board.
We've gone on about Bane and Tom Hardy at length at this point, but the actor's not even the best new addition in the film. The truth about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character remained a secret right up until opening, including the fact that he's virtually the film's protagonist, at least alongside Bruce, with the clearest and best-achieved arc in the film. John Blake's an orphan with a troubled past, who, inspired by Batman, grew up to a be a good, honest cop, and is able to recognize in Wayne (who he's correctly guessed is Batman) the same anger in himself. He's a nice mirror of the ideals of the character, and Gordon-Levitt makes the character a man of courage and integrity without ever being simply a bland, heroic do-gooder. Even better is Anne Hathaway. Her casting drew a lot of raised eyebrows in some circles, but she more than proves her place here. Her Selina Kyle shows all the hallmarks of Catwoman -- moral flexibility, smarts, sex appeal, being able to kick ass. But Hathaway really grounds the character too, and without a ton of screen time, neatly suggests where she's come from and how she came to be the way she is (trying to survive above all else), without a heap of exposition and backstory. And the way she gradually falls for Bruce, their playful back and forth, and the effect that he has on her, through his faith in her, makes her heroic return near the end feel genuinely earned. We suspect that the spin-off that's been vaguely brought-up will never happen, but it should at least see Hathaway's stature grow even further.

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Alfred's break-up scene with Bruce Wayne is one of Michael Caine's best-ever bits of acting.
Of all the relationships Bruce Wayne has had throughout Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, none have been as important as that with Alfred, his most important father figure. As the man who raised him, and promised his parents to look out for the young man for the rest of his life, Alfred has grappled with Bruce’s desire to save Gotham even as it so very often comes at the risk of his own life. And in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Alfred reaches the limit of what he can stand by and watch Bruce do. With his body battered, spirit waning and public image still tarnished, Bruce is very much on the path of martyrdom early in the movie (and seemingly pretty much suicidal), something the world-wise Alfred recognizes all too well, and he will have no part of it. When he announces to Bruce that he can no longer in good conscience be with him -- and reveals at the same time the contents of Rachel’s letter from “The Dark Knight” as a last resort to get Master Wayne to move on from his plans to return as Batman -- it’s a crushing scene. Alfred fears hurting Bruce even more than he has already suffered, but he’s even more scared of what the end result will be when he returns to the streets of Gotham. His teary resignation might be the most emotional scene of the entire series to date, breaking apart the one constant in Bruce’s life that seemed unshakeable. Bruce Wayne has always been a loner -- a man on the outside -- but without Alfred, he faces Gotham one last time utterly alone, and without his must trusted friend and ally. It's disappointing that Caine isn't in the film more, but his absence truly hammers home what Bruce is up against.

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The action is Nolan's best yet, and looks great in IMAX.
Nolan was not a great action director when the series started. Which is fair enough, given that "Batman Begins" was only his fourth film, and on a far bigger scale than anything he'd done before. But he's improved each time at bat, with his chases and fights becoming increasingly less choppy as time goes on, and "The Dark Knight Rises" certainly features his finest action work to date. Clearly "Inception" has given him the confidence to simply let the fights play out in longer wide shots, and that gives the confrontations between Bane and Batman (especially the final one) a really bruising quality. And there's a clarity and handle on geography to the chases, particularly in the early motorbike sequence. Even the Bat dodging missiles feels genuinely exciting, when the risk was it might have felt too CGI heavy (it helps that much of it was achieved the craft being dangled from a helicopter, for real). Not to mention the staggering opening scene, possibly the best sequence in the film. And of course, the IMAX lensing makes everything feel absolutely enormous, whether you see it in that format or not.

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  • THGhost | November 16, 2012 10:43 AMReply

    You forgot about Bruce Wayne fixing his broken back with nothing but a piece of rope. That literally cannot happen.

  • mark | August 3, 2012 3:44 PMReply

    1. Why didn't the CIA agent just ask for ID before letting the hooded guys onto the plane?
    2. Why didn't he take off their masks BEFORE boarding the plane?
    3. how did Gordon get off the ice? if he walked back to shore- then they must have met resistance by their armed captors.
    4. the excuse given that Batman was taught how to walk on thin ice is itself a bit thin.
    5. how did he have time to get from the thin ice scene to the scene where he saves Blake's life.
    this has been explained by " the movie was not in sequence" or " it was shot in sequence linearly but there was a bit of time between the two"...
    6. if that is true, then how did he know where Blake was and that he needed help? Did he put tracking devices on everyone?

  • Jorge | August 3, 2012 1:39 PMReply

    Mi only issue with this movie is that Talia's death looks exactly like Minion's in Megamind.

  • Kurskij | August 1, 2012 6:18 PMReply

    A couple of counterpoints.

    This movie does stretch a suspension of disbelief, but:

    1. Icy river/petrol trail: TDKR is based upon Batman Begins. And basically the first thin Bruce learns from Ducard is, well, walking on thin ice (by first falling through it).

    2. The whole recluse thing - perhaps just a huuuge nod by Nolan to his apparently dead Howard Hughes project and general admiration for the man.

  • Serena | July 25, 2012 3:25 PMReply

    Also, my biggest question: What the hell was the point of Juno Temple's role as Selina's "good friend?" Why use a fairly recognizable up-and-coming young actress for a role that only features like 3 very short scenes? I thought the main point of Catwoman--at least in Nolan's film and not the comic books, unread by me--was that she was a lone operator, so giving her a friend contradicts this characterization, and then again gets contradicted by Selina's unwillingness to show affection towards her, and finally how Temple disappears just as quickly as she came. Maybe she mostly ended up on the cutting room floor, but to me this shows Nolan's weakness as a screenwriter and his insistence on chewing more than he can handle.

  • Serena | July 25, 2012 3:16 PMReply

    So many people are complaining about the lack of chemistry between Marion Cotillard (going 0 for 2 with Chris Nolan, in my opinion) and Christian Bale, but I found the romance between Anne Hathaway far more forced, since they're both actors who seem to work well by themselves without ever really finding a connection between each other. That kiss near the end was cringe-worthy.

  • Luke | December 4, 2012 7:00 PM

    Temples role was to show that Cat woman like Batman used her superior power to fight and steal to help those in need, particularly children, as to reinforce this she also gives a starving boy an apple later (I think after beating up some goons who stole it but my memory is a bit foggy I only saw it once when it came out) when Gotham has been locked down and food is scarce, Bruce even commends her for this jokingly and she seems to get embarrassed. They are both heroes in this, despite Selina being a thief it is heavily implied she is some sort of Robin Hood figure who happens to also be stealing a little for herself when she can. Also the fact that they both stayed to protect Gotham supports that despite what she may want Bruce to believe she isn't just a cat burglar. Also they have a tonne of flirtiness going on but Cat woman was shown to be like this early in the movie. So they do have a good bit of chemistry imo. I can't really defend his fling with Talia though, it seems that since they both SEEMED to be working towards a better Gotham(the reactor) they had an attraction to one another as he thought she shared his ideals... and was also a little but horny from his 8 years as a recluse! He was used to having models on his arm every night back when he was pretending to be a playboy. xD

  • Grammar Fanatic | July 25, 2012 12:22 AMReply

    Over-Exaggerated... really? Stopped reading after that.

  • Zinjo | July 24, 2012 7:51 PMReply

    You had me concerned there Oliver, with all your gushing I thought you might not get to the downside and you finally did with great effectiveness. If you want to see the embryo of the Bane performance, see Tom Hardy in "Bronson" and you'll get a taste of why Nolan cast him as this villan. It was gratifying to see you point out holes I too saw as well as articulate those mental itches that were bugging me since I saw the film. I really am not interested in seeing another Batman film, but a Nolan written Robin or Catwoman would be worth seeing. If not, then I would definintely settle for a Steven Moffat written Catwoman film (see Irene Adler in the BBC series Sherlock season 2)! I found the final reveal of Tate as Talia to be a bit of a con on the audience. If Nolan would have left the child's identity as ambiguous, or dropped a small clue earlier I could accept it, but he pulled a cheap switch and that showed an uncharacteristic disrespect to his audience. The other undermining moment was when Tate explained that Ra's Al Ghul rejected Bane because he reminded mercenary of his dead wife as opposed to the trained assassin who was cast out of the League for his extremist behavior like we'd been told throughout the first two acts of the film. It was this like a Joker moment where that villan explained his facial scars? Every time the story was told it was different?

    Despite it's minor flaws, TDKR is still superior to the majority of films out there right now as well as action films released in recent years, so the weakenesses are forgivable, dispite being a little distracting IMHO.

  • Alexis | July 30, 2012 1:35 PM

    Actually, funny enough, Nolan did NOT cast Hardy as Bane as a result of Bronson---Hardy assumed the same, but as it turns out, Nolan had yet to see it. Btw, I whole-heartedly agree. He is remarkable as Bronson--just watched it for the first time last week. And his interview on the the time he spent with the prisoner himself is fantastic. Then again, I don't really think there is anything Hardy can't do. For God sakes, he's now my new favorite Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights". He gives one chills. I really REALLY hope that Hollywood takes good care of him. This kind of actor doesn't come along very frequently. He and Ryan Reynolds have become my two favorite male leads.

  • Anthony | July 23, 2012 11:26 PMReply

    Sorry, but my favorite was the fact that they stole the ending to Iron Giant more than any other film. Any recognition for the Iron Giant, the better. In fact, when the went to a close-up of Batman before the bomb blew, my dumb brain actually thought he would say, "Superman".

  • SoulHonky | July 23, 2012 9:21 PMReply

    You're being FAR too kind to this movie in terms of glaring problems of logic. This film is littered with them; there's one at every turn and FAR more than in any of Nolan's other films. Bruce Wayne got tricked every step of the way and the villains actions would make James Bond villains blush. Almost every scene is either cliched, expository dialogue, or requires complete expulsion of disbelief.

  • DG | July 23, 2012 8:23 PMReply

    Also not sure if this counts as 'not working' but I think there were some missed oppotunities for character cameos. While I enjoyed the Killer Croc easter egg (and would maybe even content there is a Victor Fries one too when Fox tells Wayne 'so you've come out of your cryogenic sleep') I would have really enjoyed something more in the Blackgate scene or a reference in regards to the eight year gap. Could have been as simple as one of the prisoners shown doing a cross-word puzzle in their cell or holding a flower and admiring.

  • Alan | August 2, 2012 6:43 AM

    "Also not sure if this counts as 'not working' but I think there were some missed oppotunities for character cameos." Doesn't count.

  • DG | July 23, 2012 8:05 PMReply

    Great article. Agree with almost all. Here's my list-

    Works- Loved the interperations of all the new characters. The first two or three scenes with Selina rank up there with the best moments of the whole trilogy for me.

    Bane was amazing too and got some of the best lines ("Ah, so you think darkness is your ally" and "What a sweet, sweet voice" are two of my favorites). His character could have come off as potentially cheesy but Hardy plays it just right. I loved the fact that there was no music during the first Bane/Batman fight scene. That whole section was done very,very well which is satisfying because I know its what a lot of people were really looking forward to. Also I know I'm in the minority with this but I didn't mind the way he died or the fact that he became sort of more like a henchman. Seeing him cry during the Talia moment was unexpected and memorable during an otherwise messy and confusing scene.

    The John Blake character was totally perfect. I especially liked the monologue from his first scene with Bruce.

    Doesn't work- Really the only thing that didn't work for me was some third act stuff (strange how all of Nolan's movies have third act problems despite also having relatively satisfying endings). Mainly I thought the Talia reveal happened when there was way too much other stuff going on and lost a lot of dramatic weight as a result. Also you're right, the romance with her and Bruce should have been developed a lot more, would have made the betrayl means something. That being said I think part of it also has to do with the fact that I (and many, many others) had a pretty fucking solid hunch that it was coming, which shouldnt really be considered the fault of the filmmakers, they didn't force us all to shoot set pics the entire time they were filming and then post them online and discuss character theories for two years straight. We kind of did that one to ourselves.

    The first time I watched it I thought the nuclear bomb thing and him flying out over the ocean felt really out of place but I changed my mind on the second viewing. It might have been surprising but I thought it was actually a pretty satisfying way to conclude Bruce Wayne's arc.

  • ska-triumph | July 23, 2012 8:01 PMReply

    Excellent and on-point insights from the author and fellow commenters. I do have a couple additional points:
    1. JUST SHOWING UP: it's one thing for Batman to show up from nowhere; that's part of his M.O. when he's at full throttle. I could get that the aged, more brittle BW/BM has to stay in the light so to speak to confront Bane, and keep Wayne Enterprises in safe hands. No more hiding. But there were just too many convenient intros/appearances to keep the story moving e.g. BW finding Kyle after she saves a kid (with Clean State drive in hand).
    2. PRISON TO GOTHAM: a couple of you brokedown how BW gets back to Gotham. Awesome but shows an incredible gap in the plot. Why couldn't there be a added, clearer beat for BW to recognize his time and distance, and find an ingenious way to get transportation? That would solve that laughable, swaggerly entrance.
    3. THE B-TEAM. Surprised that the author didn't talk about the pluses and minuses here. Was it not awesome to see Tom Conti working it at the prison, with levity and humor? What an asset in what was arguably the slowest, yet necessary sequence in the film. Nolan & co.'s strength has been in the (male) casting game but here in TDKR it's all reversed. So many cameos of actors with decent TV resumes all taken down within minutes of showing up: why again? And while Ben Mendolsohn's DAGGERT played his part, Modine's FOLEY was extraneous to say the least. I'd rather have more BW/BB getting it on with one of the ladies than have him say "hothead" one more time.
    4. TORCH PASSING. It's a crime not to get into the ending. Seriously. While we are all thankful JGL worked John Blake, did he really have to be a ROBIN? Where in the world did this young detective get the "right" to get that bag of repelling equipment, and potentially take the mantle? Who's training this guy when there's no hint that Blake will have contact/mentorship with Alfred or BW?
    That's all for now. Vigilance.

  • ska-triumph | July 23, 2012 8:12 PM

    5. BRAWLIN': Oh and as much I loved the brutality of the 1st Bane/BM fight, I felt cheated by the straight-up pugilism without any finesse. Why did it have to be so boring was a slug match versus two actually different fighting styles? Couldn't Bane win with smart and brutal fighting, versus just taking hits? It was like Wrestlemania for few combos. Okay I'm done.

  • triguous | July 23, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    We never find out about the people Dent killed off-camera in The Dark Knight. Not to mention that one of the few witnesses to Dent's misdeeds, Officer Ramirez, isn't even in the movie either. When her life was spared in The Dark Knight, I thought it was to finish her character arc in TDKR. Bane makes the speech that Ramirez could have made anytime in the eight years that had passed.

    As great as Hardy is as Bane, there's just too much muffled dialogue.

  • ska-triumph | July 24, 2012 11:57 AM

    Now that I got to read your comment on a desktop, I totally agree. I thought that would've been a great tie-in if this 8 years gap were to show ripple effects. A later commenter noted that Black Gate Prison couldv'e been part of the early setup to show time pass. Certainly, showing where Ramirez ended up doing/being (filled with shame and guilt) could've also been included. She could've been a counterweight to Blake's idealism - versus the near silent partner who gets show unceremoniously in the back upon escaping.

  • Obvious | July 23, 2012 6:14 PMReply

    Is no one else bothered by the fact that Batman is shown using a device (both on his belt and in long range rifle form) that can disrupt and shut off electronics, but that he doesn't use it/give it to Gordon to shut down the bomb??

  • ASFan | July 23, 2012 10:26 PM

    The device I thought they were referring to was to the one that prevented Talia from remote detonating it. The primary plan was to get it back hooked up in the chamber to get power going into it. That's what I heard both the first time I saw it on Friday and the second time I saw it today.

  • dk | July 23, 2012 8:32 PM

    there's a bit about the EMP device you refer to and how Fox/Gordon DO try to use that to stop the bomb. It's in there.

  • ASFan | July 23, 2012 6:32 PM

    I recall that once it ran out of power it would detonate, so simply shutting it off would set it off.

  • a | July 23, 2012 5:58 PMReply

    would like to read this...but SIX pages? jesus no thanks.

  • Kate | July 23, 2012 4:56 PMReply

    I'm one of the few for whom Tom Hardy as Bane did not work on any level. Not the voice, not the eyes, the motivations. It was all just incredibly silly. He's the worst villain of the entire Nolan Batman series.

  • tristan eldritch | July 23, 2012 4:54 PMReply

    Also, both the "I keeps me wad under the mattress, what's a stock exchange got to do with me?" scene, and the scene where Swaggart and Selena explain what "Clean Slate" is while fighting, deserve a special place in the Exposition Hall of Shame, and did most of the lines poor Marion was forced to say.

  • Harley Quinn | July 23, 2012 4:53 PMReply

    No mention of how amazing Gary Oldman was? His best acting of the series was definitely in this film and he was on screen more than most of the other characters.

  • tristan eldritch | July 23, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    While on the subject of things that didn't work, how about the fact that the whole last act was boilerplate Hollywood blockbuster finale through and through! I mean, how predicable was it that Catwomen would come back and save Bruce at a particularly opportune moment? How many effing times have do we have to see the motif of the hero going off on courageous lone run with the bomb to save everyone? Didn't Iron Man do it in the Avengers? And Captain America at the end of Captain America?

  • Bane | July 23, 2012 6:29 PM

    don't forget Angels & Demons, where the two films basically converge in a shot-for-shot scene of the hero flying away with the bomb to save the city he loves.

  • AS | July 23, 2012 4:55 PM

    Exactly! The movie is chockfull of those stupid cliches from beginning to end and as I walked out of the theater I was astonished that this film had been written and directed by Christopher Nolan because if it hadn't been for the credits, I never would have known. What was so refreshing about TDK was that it didn't really have those moments. TDKR, however, follows the same playbook that literally EVERY superhero movie follows. It was a tremendous disappointment, through and through.

  • Jacques DeMolay | July 23, 2012 4:55 PM

    RE: lone run with bomb - let's not forget Jack Bauer in, like, half the seasons of 24.

    It was still totally fucking badass, though. I can't really say it didn't work well in context, even if it was an overused plot device.

  • KT | July 23, 2012 4:43 PMReply

    After between this and "Inception" Nolan's starting to wear his flaws on his sleeve...

  • Some Guy | July 23, 2012 4:29 PMReply

    Bane's death wasn't badass enough. Dude deserved to go out with a bang, not a whimper.

  • Zinjo | July 24, 2012 8:07 PM

    I dunno, a 20mm canon to the chest is a pretty big bang! :) At worst it was too damn quick, at least let him lunge at Catwoman before taking a shell in the chest! The speach given by Talia ate up all the screen time for a decent menacing end to the brute.

  • Jacques DeMolay | July 23, 2012 4:24 PMReply

    Well, for once I pretty much agree with 100% of this article. Espeically the Miranda Tate thing. I felt the EXACT same way - that her betrayal in the end was supposed to be a gut-wrenching, emotional blow, but it was kinda just "oh, that's a shame." and didn't really evoke a strong emotional response. It was a great twist, just failed to elicit the proper resonance. And, yes, you're dead on that if they'd explored and developed the Wayne/Tate courtship and romance a lot more and really hammered home that Tate was the first woman Bruce could feel attraction for after Rachel's death, it would have absolutely worked on that level. But instead they chose to go the Catwoman/Batman route, which makes sense, but completely hamstrings the Tate character arc.

  • indiejesus2 | July 23, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    I think the complaints have minimal weight and don't really bring the movie down at all. Even with the presented issues, I'm sure that doesn't stop you or other people from saying how awesomely epic the movie is.

  • rodie | July 23, 2012 4:19 PMReply

    The film was really good. But it could have been great. Bottom line is TDKR hould have been 2 movies: The Dark Knight Falls and The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan made the right call condensing Goyer's outline for parts 2 and 3 into one film--The Dark Knight--but this time around he was wrong not to recognize that he had enough material and ideas here to create two 200-minute films to finish Batman's story. They should have been shot back-to-back and released six months apart.

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  • Redzuan | July 23, 2012 4:16 PMReply

    Initially I also felt that Bane's death was pretty anti-climatic. But then I had time to think about it, although it is slightly dissappointing, it's ultimately a good move because in the end it is Bruce Wayne/Batman's movie. You wouldn't want the villain to upstage the hero in his final film do you? So blasting Bane off out of the spotlight so that Batman can take centre stage for his final heroic act is the right move for me

  • RC | July 23, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    Taking nothing away from Hardy's masterful performance, the voice he used and I would posit the conceptualization of Bane here, was Darth Vader with his helmet off.

  • Mike | July 23, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    The time frame of the bomb and Wayne's time in the hole is as follows. We know he's in the prison for at least 86 days. We know this because it says so on the tv. Day 86 of Gotham Siege during a news broadcast that shows the CIA agents hanging.

    We know the bomb will explode automatically in 5 months after being removed from the reactor.

    So, if Bruce escapes on day 86 of the siege/ bomb timer, that gives him 60 days to make it back to Gotham. He arrives roughly 24-48 hours before detonation time. (5 months = about 150 days. 150 - 86 = 64 days). Otherwise, I can understand some of the complaints, but the timing issue doesn't seem like a mistake to me.

  • tristan eldritch | July 23, 2012 4:09 PMReply

    This movie depicts the people of Gotham as an unruly, easily fooled mob who are completely unable to govern themselves, and who require a benevolent billionaire and the police who serve him to save them from themselves. Selena Kyle's realization that the coming storm wasn't she thought would be is an unmistakeable smack down of a misguided liberal who thought the world could be improved by granting power to the people and redistributing wealth. I don't know how you can interpret this anything other than deeply reactionary, and a pretty reprehensible message in the year of the LIBOR scandal and countless other examples of criminality and abuse of the working and middle classes by the elites that run society. The Dark Knight featured Batman using all the techniques of the Bush Administration's War on Terror, and whatever way you want to slice it or dice, is still in the end the only person who can save Gotham from the Joker. These films are basically right wing in orientation. Call of Duty 2, the video game also written by David S. Goyer, also features a villain who is described as a "messiah for the 99%" who is also fooling them for his own nefarious purposes. Funny that.!

  • Redzuan | July 23, 2012 4:06 PMReply

    Okay this is what I have to explain to everyone I went to the movie with. Bruce didn't get back to Gotham within a couple of days. Chris Nolan has established the timeline by explaining that the nuclear reactor was going off in 5 months. And that's after Bruce was placed in the prison. Before Bruce climbed out of the pit, the tv in his cell mentioned something about it being day 84 of the Bane revolution in Gotham. When Bruce finally got back to Gotham the nuclear reactor was 12 hours away from going off. So that's the time frame of him getting back to Gotham: from day 84 onwards to when he arrived on day 150

  • oogle monster | July 23, 2012 4:04 PMReply

    How can you hire Marion Cottilard and let THAT be her arc? You have one of the most talented actresses in the world on set and she gets the least developed/most mundane role? Nolan served her well in Inception but TDKR did nothing for her. I was disappointed with her romance with Wayne as well. On another note, the last scene had me almost in tears... Alfred spotting Bruce and Selina in France. How sweet.

  • zatopek | July 23, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    The whole Talia al Ghul twist was unnecessary. It was nice idea to try to tie the movie to Batman Begins but it would've been stronger movie without that whole character. As you said, Bane becomes teethless after his real purpose is revealed. It all becomes like bad James Bond movie (hmm... suddenly Inception comes to mind) where the supervillain wants to reveal his evil scheme to the hero and give him just enough time to get out of the trap, prison, whatever and stop him/her. "I came to stop you!", quoth the Batman.

  • Zack | July 23, 2012 3:40 PMReply

    I think a theme that a lot of people missed is that Bane doesn't just exploit the 99% wanting to see him as a savior, he exploits how EVERYBODY prefers to see him. That's why he lets Daggett think of him as a dumb thug and Batman think of him as the mastermind, and in all three cases, running with that assumption bites them in the ass. (This is one of the things I love about Nolan's films- there are entire separate articles that could be written about what makes their villains tick. Compare that to "The Amazing Spider-Man"; I liked it a lot, but Dr. Connors just really, really wants to spray people with lizard-gas.)

  • ben | July 23, 2012 3:39 PMReply

    That really WAS Christian Bale's finest hour in the series. I was on the verge of tears.

  • ASFan | July 23, 2012 3:38 PMReply

    Question, how do you know he's without the leg brace in the prison?

  • ASFan | July 23, 2012 6:38 PM

    That's what I thought. Once Bruce put on the leg brace, it never came off.

    @Harley Quinn
    Then how was Batman able to walk and stand before/during the fight with Bane? He was walking with a cane the entire time before getting the brace.

  • Piyush | July 23, 2012 6:28 PM

    ^batman/bruce was already wearing the leg brace when he was fighting bane and got his back broken. Bane just didn't remove it before throwing him into the dungeon, which is quite acceptable.

  • Harley Quinn | July 23, 2012 5:00 PM

    I highly doubt Bane stopped at Wayne Manor and grabbed Bruce's brace before putting him in prison.

  • God | July 23, 2012 3:32 PMReply

    reading right now. already feel it as an epic article.

  • James | November 9, 2012 10:13 AM

    Great idea but too many flaws.

    DK was great but DKR needed a better script/story.

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