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The Dark Knight Rises

20 Jul 2012

(This isn’t a proper movie review because there are a few hundred of those already.)

I have few hundred Batman comics. The Hush and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns series have prominent places on my bookshelf. I have the complete Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and The Batman series on DVD. I have all the Batman animated and live action movies on DVD and/or Blu-ray, even the regrettable Batman and Robin.

Batman is superhero without super powers (if you ignore his billions), and I love him, even more than Hellboy.

It should come as no surprise then that I took this afternoon off of work to watch The Dark Knight Rises with my sisters before the craziness of the evening crowds. My sister T, who has the bladder the size of a squirrel’s, managed to sit through the entire 165 minutes. It’s that good.

It’s dark, it’s gloomy, it’s Wagnerian—and many people will compare it unfavourably to The Dark Knight because there are fewer explosions and flashy action sequences. But the entire movie is about characters and relationships and redemption. Mega redemption. It’s about people doing what’s right despite obstacles from without and within.

It’s been eight years since Batman disappeared into the night after the death of Harvey Dent. With the help of a cane, Bruce Wayne is a recluse who haunts his mansion and is waiting to join the love of his life (*gag* I still can’t stand Rachel Dawes) in death. Bane and the League of Shadows (in the comics, it’s the League of Assassins—and Ra’s is pronounced Rashe and not Raz; that little detail has annoyed me throughout all three movies in this trilogy), however, have other plans for Bruce Wayne and the Batman.

And that’s all I’m giving you because anything more would be major spoilers. If, however, you’re a fan of the comics like me, you already know the rest. While the big twist is anti-climatic for fans of the comics because you’ll figure it out within the first twenty minutes (actually, comic fans figured out the twist as soon as the cast was announced), the movie is worth watching because Christopher Nolan shows you what Batman can be like in the real world.

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