After eight years of struggling with his new status as a wanted vigilante, Batman must contend with newcomers Catwoman and the brutal and villainous Bane.
Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises aims to be nothing less than the be-all, end-all of the comic-book genre, a movie that encapsulates all the superhero movies that have come before it, and renders all that might follow a tad irrelevant. The film has dozens of characters, an epically complicated vision of good and evil, and a score that rises up every few minutes. It's hard not to admire the scope of the storytelling, and the director's sheer determination to make us take it seriously.
What is missing, though, is the sense of anguish, perversity and danger that gave such weight to this film's predecessor, The Dark Knight (2008).
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