Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to his and brother Jonathan Nolan’s Batman trilogy comes to an end this month, and following all of the brilliant things we’ve seen over the last year comes this fantastic new TV special inviting you backstage for a full thirteen and a half minutes of Batman goodness.
“Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.”
Christian Bale returns for one final outing as the Dark Knight, with the cast-of-the-year supporting them in the form of Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Juno Temple, and Marion Cotillard.
Nolan is directing from a script co-written by himself and brother Jonathan, based on a story by the director and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight).
I maintain that with Nolan’s past tendency for secrecy with his projects, and with a running time close to two-and-three-quarter hours, we’ve seen very little of the big picture still to come. Thankfully, we’ve got less than two weeks to find out either way.
The Dark Knight Rises will be released in regular and IMAX theatres on 20th July. If that date wasn’t already in your head, commit it to memory now – it’s not often we come to the end of such a brilliant trilogy, and this will complete one of the finest of all time.