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by Ali Pritchard (subscribe)
Freelance Journalist & Blogger living up North. Visit me on the twitter @gonzoali
Published August 13th 2012
The bat flaps his wings for the final time
It may be curtains for Batman but The Dark Knight gives us an unforgeable encore.
The Dark Knight Rises

From the depths of your popcorn, the summer blockbuster of the year has risen. Draped and dressed in black, of course I am talking about The Dark Knight Rises. The caped crusader has returned to the big screen in Christopher Nolan's final outing of the franchise, ending his "Dark Knight" trilogy with one last epic battle of good vs evil.

It's been eight years since the events of The Dark Knight and both Bruce Wayne and Batman have become ghosts within Gotham. Since the wrongfully accused murder of Harvey Dent by Batman, The Dark Knight has been held up as a villain and Bruce Wayne has become a recluse in the process. It also seems that since the events of the previous movie, that crime is at a all time low. However this does not last long, as masked terrorist, Bane, shows up to serve up Gotham and Batman's reckoning through a violent revolution.

The Dark Knight Rises is a brilliant film and felt like a fitting end to Nolan's brave and bold re-imagining of Batman. Where as fellow superhero flick, The Avengers was a great summer popcorn feast of heroic guts and a splatter of fun justice, The Dark Knight Rises is on a serious route but this does not fault the movie in the slightest, rather it puts more depth into the normally fun summer popcorn movie.

Both Tom Hardy as Bane and Michael Caine as Alfred were the standouts in the movie, as both brought out the two sides of Bruce Wayne's character. One brought out the Batman in Bruce through his hatred of Gotham, whilst the other brought out Wayne's human side through his emotional attachment to not only Bruce but the Wayne family too.

Christian Bale was of course his intense rough voiced Batman self and Anne Hathaway took a sexy turn as Catwoman, portraying both her seductive side and vulnerability brilliantly.


Overall, The Dark Knight Rises lives up to all the hype that surrounded it's wings. As a trilogy, it will surely go down as one of the greatest.

5 out 5 bats
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