Preview: The Dark Knight Rises

"When Gotham has been burned to ashes, you have my permission to die."
"When Gotham has been burned to ashes, you have my permission to die."

It's been a long wait but from the looks of it, it is well worth the wait. The looks and tone of the trailer it seems as if this may just go down as the best of the series. The start of the trailer with Alfred explaining his failures to Bruce as he promised his parents that he would always protect him, which he hasn't. That alone should lead people to understand how brutal this film will be. The Dark Knight was brutal in it's own right, but this looks to add on to it. After all, that is realistic to what Batman is. He is just a man with one big paycheck fighting some battles that may just be too big for one man and that looks to be what he is getting into in this next movie. Selina Kyle (Catwoman)'s speech to Bruce on the dance floor also gave me chills. Selina tells Bruce that him and his friends that a storm is coming that they are not prepared for. If that's the way Anne Hathaway will portray the Cat throughout the movie then she will go down as one of the best to ever portray the part. My one complaint remains to be the voice of Bane. Tom Hardy is talented actor, no one can dispute that but he can be kind of difficult to understand at times and now you place a mask on top of his mouth. The mask muffles his voice it seems, but it definitely makes him much more sinister on the positive side. I can't imagine that Christopher Nolan will not fix this as it has been a complaint from many after viewing the trailers and the six minute prologue. This article however, we delve into where I think the film will go judging by what I have seen from the prologue, and the two trailers. Most of it is speculation, my inner nerd, and educated guesses. I have nothing to really firmly base it off of.

"If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal... you become something else entirely. A legend, Mr. Wayne, a legend."
"If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal... you become something else entirely. A legend, Mr. Wayne, a legend."

Bruce Wayne/Batman

Bruce Wayne's idea when he put on the cowl and became Batman was not some hobby he picked up to pass the time. Bruce Wayne died on the inside when he was robbed of his opportunity to kill the man that murdered his parents and from that moment on he embraced the idea that is Batman. He gave in to the ideal of becoming something better than a man. He wanted to become something everlasting, something incorruptible so that Gotham had something to look up to as a role model. Gotham before Batman was on the brink of destruction, by it's own people. With Batman, Gotham had hope. After Joker turned it's White Knight into the villain, the Dark Knight did what he had to to keep Gotham's spirits high. If they knew that their golden boy had been corrupted it would have destroyed them. Now in his final act, facing off against a brutal opponent such as Bane, he will finally meet his equal in combat and through wits.

It is my belief that Batman will meet his end in this film. In his death, he would then live on as a legend. He will die fighting for the city that he loves, the city that he strives to make a better place in front of all of his people. Batman will be feared throughout the film as they believe he killed all of the people that Harvey Dent killed in the past movie but after seeing him die for them all, then he will become the legend. Bruce wanted the people of Gotham to ultimately treat others better and the city itself better. In the beginning of Batman Begins, he saw the mob tearing the city apart and how ruthless it's people became. Upon becoming that legend, he would have then inspired everyone to do better.

"It doesn't matter who we are? What matters is our plan. No one cared who I was until I put on the mask. "
"It doesn't matter who we are? What matters is our plan. No one cared who I was until I put on the mask. "

Bane

The villain that broke the bat. That's what Bane is known for, in the comic books he broke Batman's back. Quite the feat for any villain but that goes to show just how brutal and how gifted of a fighter Bane is. In the comic books Bane was brought up in a prison called Hard Rock, which his father escaped from. Due to his father's escape, his life sentence was then passed on to his son. He was confined to amoral penitentiary environment where he read countless amounts of books, used the prison's gym and learned to fight in the prison yard. Bane establishes himself as the "king" of Hard Rock, to which the supervisors recognize and make him into a test subject for a drug called Venom. At first the test nearly kills Bane, but it greatly increases his psychical strength but he must take it every twelve hours to avoid the dire side-effects.

Judging from what I have seen of Bane in the two trailers and the prologue I would assume that is the upbringing that Bane endures. Dr. Pavel is the doctor that gives him the Venom formula. His upbringing is also what drives him insane, the one thing I still don't get is what drives him to Gotham. It leads me to believe that he is led to Gotham by someone else who wants Gotham to be destroyed as it's destruction is the only way for salvation. Sound familiar? It should.

"I wish someone told me Gotham can get a bit nippy."
"I wish someone told me Gotham can get a bit nippy."
"Meow"
"Meow"

Selina Kyle/Catwoman

Catwoman is a mysterious character, she can be a villain but she can also be an anti-hero. Frequently her on and off again feelings for the Bat can sway what side she fights for but ultimately she is looking out for numero uno. She is an agile fighter and a master thief. The most intriguing aspect about her character that can match with the films his her relationship to mob boss Carmine Falcone. In the Long Halloween sequel (the Long Halloween comic book was one of the comics used in the creation of The Dark Knight film) it is implied that Catwoman is the daughter of Falcone.It is further implied that she was put up for adoption within the states, but not much proof is given. If Nolan decides to go this route it would explain why Catwoman comes to Gotham. Catwoman in this version may know who her father is and travels to Gotham to confront the man that put him behind bars. Upon seeing the Bat, she may fall for him but is still conflicted about her feelings on whether to be a loyal daughter or to follow her heart. However, it seems inevitable that she will end up helping the Bat when he is confronted by an enemy that he may not be strong enough to take on alone. The last we saw of Falcone he was strapped on to a headlight making the figure of a bat. Going this route would also help the film and the series once again go full circle which is the way that it seems to be setting up.

"Is Ra's Al Ghul immortal, are his methods supernatural?"
"Is Ra's Al Ghul immortal, are his methods supernatural?"

Ra's Al Ghul

Remember how I previously said Bane could be led by someone else who felt that the only way to bring Gotham to salvation was through it's own destruction. Bingo, that was this guy's plan through the first film. Ra's Al Ghul in the comics was virtually immortal due to the Lazarus Pit that he had at his disposal, but I doubt he will come back in the third. For sure he will be back through flashbacks, but I'd say it is safe to say that he died in the train crash at the end of Begins. Ra's did have a daughter by the name of Talia Al Ghul that frequently followed in his footsteps but ultimately she never gave into her father's ideals. Marion Cotillard has been cast in the movie in the role of Miranda Tate, which I don't believe. I find it much more believable that she is Talia Al Ghul and in an attempt to make the series come full circle she will have a role in bringing Bane to Gotham. Ra's came to Bruce in a jail cell upon seeing him dispose of criminal after criminal deeming him a prime canidate for the League of Shadows. It is likely that he heard of Bane and how he become a "king" among other criminals in jail and decided that Bane would be the back up plan in case Bruce didn't follow in line. Ra's then when to try to recruit Bruce, while Talia went to recruit Bane. Ra's however knew that Bane was unstable and that is ultimately why he views him as a back up plan. This would also help explain why Bane comes to Gotham as he would then know that he was second fiddle, and no one likes to be runner up.

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Nightmarephantom 4 years ago from Columbia, MD

I really hope that some of the things you're predicting come true! It would be so awesome.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Awesome hub, as I too have had the same theories myself about this movie. However, I also suspect that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character could end up still being the "Holiday Killer" after all, as that would tie in perfectly with the falcone family as well. However, it should be interesting to see how this film plays out. I think the two movies to watch out for next year with superheroes will be this movie and "The Avengers." I think "Amazing Spider-Man" will be a hit it's first weekend because it's set to come out in the fourth of july weekend, and we all know how much hype will be around it. However, how it does AFTER it's first weekend will be key for that movie. Other than that, great hub.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

i honestly think JGL is Nightwing, or will be.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Eh, i don't know if I buy that to be honest. The only reason I say that is because I know both Nolan and Bale went on record saying they never liked the idea of Batman having a sidekick. Granted, Nightwing isn't necessarily Batman's sidekick per say. However, I don't know if I like the idea of Nightwing being introduced before making him Robin first. But then again, I guess we'll have to wait and see though.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

i just think they will just to leave the door open for the future. not w/bale n nolan. in my gut feeling i believe tht ultimately Bruce will die which will pave wave for someone to pick up the gauntlet and be the "Dark Knight" once again. Whether it be Nightwing/Robin/ or Azazel


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Well that's an interesting theory, but I'm afraid it's kind of proven moot by the fact that Jeff Robinov, president of WB, already announced that "Batman" would be rebooted after "The Dark Knight Rises." Therefore, it wouldn't matter if Nolan killed off Batman in this new movie or not, as we both know that all that goes out the window with a reboot afterwards. Of course, this was largely due to the fact that Nolan made his batman universe where the only superhero that exists is batman; which doesn't fit into what Robinov wants which is to try to make a Justice League film to counter the "Avengers." However, this announcement was also made BEFORE green lantern underwhelmed audiences at the box office, as I know Jeff Robinov claimed that they had a lot of their plans riding on that movie, so I guess we'll have to wait and see.

However, if Robinov does go through with his original plans, then you can expect to see a reboot of Batman after "The Dark Knight Rises."


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

i think it would make more sense for the story though. For there to be some one that takes the mantle and keeps going where Bruce left off. I know they wont make anymore movies because they are rebooting it, which i think is a terrible idea.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

o and is it time for another green lantern joke...lol


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

lol. well, i guess we'll have to wait and see. Like i told my brother, the only way i can see a reboot working is if Nolan ends "The Dark Knight Rises" movie on a positive note where Bruce Wayne somehow finds inner peace in his life that causes him to give up being batman altogether at the end of the movie; either feeling that the mantle has ruined his life, or maybe he just feels that batman is no longer needed. Then they can make the reboot loosely based on the graphic novel, "The Return of the Dark Knight." They don't have to necessarily come out and say it's a sequel or any kind of continuation to Nolan's trilogy, but it can be sort of a loose continuation; ala Superman Returns to the first two Superman movies.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Making it sort of an implied continuation if you catch my drift.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

yeah but im pretty sure Nolan wont do that lol. Ive come to the conclusion that i really cannot predict what Nolan will and wont do. I'm sure we, together, hit on some truths but Nolan will pull something out that radically alters it all. I cant wait for it lol


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Yeah same here. Although to be fair, I do like your idea about JGL being Nightwing for this next movie, but it should be interesting to see how it turns out. I'm also curious to see what happens to batman after this movie, as i know Nolan is allegedly signed on to produce the batman reboot after this, so that could be interesting.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

After this the only thing im realistically looking forward to is Man of Steel. Thor 2, and the on-going Avengers films will be entertaining but not on this level. I'm hoping Man of Steel can capture me the same way that Nolan's Batman has. With Snyder under the helm as director though, i have my reservations


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Well, we'll just have to see how it turns out. I think the problem with Snyder is that he's still hasn't figured out his own style yet as a director, as he's directed a couple of good promising films like "Owls of Ga'Hoole" and "Watchmen", but those film suffered from pacing issues because of his obsession with slow motion effects. As for his other film, "300", I think it's okay, but it's definitely over rated if you ask me. It's one of those movies that's impressive at first because of how unique it is, but after you've had time to think about it, or watch it again, then you come to realize it's not that great.

However, from my understanding from watching a lot of behind the scene interviews with snyder, he even admitted that he's been collaborating quite a bit with Nolan about some of the script rewrites, so that's definitely a good sign. I think as long as Snyder is collaborating with Nolan, then I think the visual style that he brings in with Nolan's story telling niche should shine through. But then again, it could bomb too, so we'll have to wait and see. Personally, I have waay more faith in the upcoming "Man of Steel" film than I do about "Amazing Spider-Man" to be honest. Nothing against Marc Webb or Andrew Garfield, as i loved "500 Days of Summer" and I liked Andrew in "Social Network", but there's been nothing about that movie that's excited me so far.

Sure, from what I read, Andrew does seem to be taking the role rather seriously, but everything else just doesn't sound right in making a great spider-man movie if you ask me.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I have a hard time taking any Spiderman seriously. His power is to shoot webs after all. I agree with you on Snyder, Watchmen I truly enjoyed while I think 300 is vastly overrated now. 300 sums up Snyder, all flash and no substance. Hopefully Nolan will bring the substance.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Well to be fair about spider-man, shooting webs isn't exactly one of his powers per say, as they just made that up for the movies because they were trying to make it more realistic. However, in the comics, Peter actually invented his own web shooters and webbing out of random materials he found, as he's kind of a super genius in the comics. However, the rest of the spider-like powers he had in the movies was accurate to the comic books.

I just have my doubts about it for various other reasons. I would say, but I don't want to hijack your hub over a completely different franchise, as there a LOT of things about the spider-man reboot that bother me. lol.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I know bout the web shooters i was just poking fun of one of my least favorite super heroes. I think he has good villains. I'm curious what your problems are though. Make a hub out of it


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Hmm...that's a good idea. I remember I did write a hub about it when the news of a reboot was first released a while back, but this was all before Marc Webb entered the picture, and most of my doubts stem from after he was hired coincidentally. Not saying that part of my doubts have anything to do with him, but I'm just saying that all the doubts I have about the reboot just coincidentally started happening once he was hired. However, I'll definitely get on it then. Unfortunately, I'm still behind on my preview hubs, so I'll probably finish those first before taking on that one. lol.


King Larry 2.0 4 years ago

Dun dun dun dun BATMAN! BATMAN! BATMAN! DUN DUN DUN!


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

NANANANANANANA...DENDE! DENDE! DENDE!

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