At the start of "The Dark Knight Rises," it has been eight years since the events of the previous film. Batman (Christian Bale) has disappeared after taking the blame for the murders committed by Harvey Dent, to turn him into a martyr, to preserve him as a symbol of hope for the city.
So Batman has become the hero nobody wants, the hero no one appreciates.
But now Gotham is in peacetime. The Dent Acts gave the city the power to destroy all organized crime, locking away the mob members for life. Dent is praised as a hero, while Bruce Wayne has dropped out of the public eye.
The peace is broken when a new enemy, Bane, comes into town. Bane proves to be violent from his first screen opener, as he makes his plot against the city. He is a bit of a mystery at first, and strangely, he fully knows Batman's true identity.
I was so excited to see this movie! Waiting in line, I felt like a little kid at Christmas. I absolutely loved "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," but for that reason, I was also a bit concerned. Haven't we all seen a third movie that led to disappointment in the whole series? Fortunately for us, "The Dark Knight Rises" does not disappoint.
One thing about this movie is there are many new characters. You may recognize a few familiar faces, especially if you've seen the movie "Inception," but don't let the actors' previous movies determine how you picture their characters.
For me at least, it seemed like there was a different "feel" to this Batman movie; it differed a bit from its predecessors, but I still liked it. Some of my favorite things about the movie were the new character of Catwoman, the new Bat-Plane swooshing all around Gotham, the huge, muscular villain Bane and Batman's dramatic rise, both from hiding and from the pit.
There were two characters I was skeptical of -- Catwoman (Anne Hathway) and Bane (Tom Hardy). Having never read the comic books or anything, I knew nothing about Bane. Would he be a good villain? And could Hathaway be a convincing action star?
Anne Hathaway was an amazing Catwoman; she is everything Catwoman should be -- mysterious, fast, vicious and extremely agile. She fits the role just perfectly and is an exciting character for the movie.
Bane was an extremely interesting character. He was a very, very strong fighter, giving Batman quite a few heavy beatings. I have never seen Batman tossed around like that in any film, which was quite a shock! Bane seems to be the opposite of Joker -- instead of being random, crazy and chaotic, Bane is a cold, planned-out and exact killer, using evil tactics to terrorize the people of Gotham.
I won't give away any spoilers, but if you've never seen the previous "Batman" movies, or if you can't remember them, make sure to watch them before you see this final film in the trilogy. There are major plot ties to "Batman Begins," and if you haven't seen "The Dark Knight," you might not fully understand exactly why Batman has hidden away and given up being Batman.
In the end, I highly recommend seeing this movie. By no means predictable, shocking twists and turns are all over the story. Filled with action, courage, bravery and Batman's rise to save the city from the grip of a powerful terrorist, "The Dark Knight Rises" is an amazing end to the beloved "Batman" trilogy.
Nathan Beeston will be a junior at Syracuse High School this fall. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.