It's been some years since the events of The Dark Knight. Batman (Christian Bale) hasn't been seen since, but following the belief that he murdered Harvey Dent, he's still wanted by the police and labeled a persona non grata. Bruce Wayne has shunned public life and has become a recluse. Wayne Enterprises has become virtually bankrupt after the cessation of an energy project when it was discovered its elements could be constructed to become a nuclear weapon.
A period of peace has befallen Gotham City.
But evil is rising. There's rumor of activity in the cities sewers and the name Bane (Tom Hardy) has become enough to instill the fear in the heart of the police. Bane doesn't simply want to destroy the city - he wants to crush its spirit, along with any hope for survival. The police are outgunned and outnumbered, and the only hope for survival rests with Batman. But the aging hero has seen better days, both physically and mentally and may or may not have what it takes to come up against his most fearsome and powerful adversary yet.
The Dark Knight Rises truly feels like an overwhelmingly satisfying end to the Dark Knight saga. Warner Brothers will inevitably want to continue with the franchise, but I'd urge restraint. Whereas the franchise was rested following the disappointment of Batman and Robin, I'd suggest that Warner waited it out for the very opposite reason. As a portrayal of the comic world's most complex character, I'm damned sure that it won't and can never be topped.
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