Will The Dark Knight Rises Flop?

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I’ve been a little harsh on the Batman franchise. Just last month I criticised Christopher Nolan‘s ‘The Dark Knight’ for being over-hyped, and being unfairly seen as the benchmark for all comic book movies. Whilst I remain true to my word, Nolan’s Bat franchise would not be as famous if it hadn’t of been for Heath Ledger, I will admit his previous Bat flicks surpassed my expectations and stand next to the likes Spider-Man 2, X-Men 2 and Thor as the greatest comic book movies of all time.

What made The Dark Knight so special was that it was a thoughtful movie that didn’t rely on fights and explosions, but had them anyway. It showcased the moral maze that the characters faced, managing to break away from the conventional superhero story. There were repercussions for everyone from Batman’s actions, and hopefully the next film in the franchise The Dark Knight Rises will showcase the huge repercussions from the caped crusader’s moral sacrifice at the end of the last film. Now Batman faces being an outlaw, after taking the fall for crimes committed by fallen District Attorney Harvey Dent. However after seeing potential plot leaks, I am not so confident in where ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ may be going.

(Spoiler warning) Supposed leaked plot details emerged recently revealing that Batman is set to have his back broken early on in the film by Tom Hardy‘s Bane , drawing from the famous Batman storyline: Batman: Knightfall. Whilst this should be taken with a pinch of salt, it does make sense considering the film’s title ‘Rises‘. What worries me is how rumours indicate Selina Kyle/Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway is set to fill in fighting crime whilst Bruce is on the mend. I’m not the biggest fan of Hathaway, and I’m not convinced she would remain convincing with such a large amount of screen time, especially since early reception to her costume has been fairly negative. Having Selina fill in does allow Nolan to open up his ethical playground, showcasing that the idea of Batman has become bigger than Bruce himself.

I am very interested in Tom Hardy‘s portrayal of Bane. I hope there will be more dimensions to the character other than brute force, as Bane is one of Batman’s most intellectual enemies in the comics. I want to see Bane outsmart Bats, which is quite a feat considering Bats is one of the world’s greatest detectives. If Rises manages to showcase Bane’s superior intellect, we should be for a great hero/villain show down. I’m not convinced so far by the leaked videos though. It seems a lot of work needs to be done on Bane’s appearance post-production as so far he looks small compared to Christian Bale in the bat-suit.

I’m sure there’s more to ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ then what meets the eye. Given Nolan’s track record of surprising audiences, I do not think this movie will flopl by any means. I just hope this film reaches the standard of those set before it. If Batman is all we’re getting from DC, it’s only fitting he gets a decent send off.

We should get the film we deserve, but not the one we need right now. But we’ll watch it, because it’s going to awesome. (Sorry couldn’t resist)

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