When we last saw the Caped Crusader, he let his girlfriend die, took the rap for the murder of Harvey Dent, and growled whenever he talked. Eight years later, a maniacal mongoloid named Bane has come to Gotham City, determined to destroy it... but not before he destroys The Bat. Oh, and he isn't alone.
We're going to do our best to avoid any spoilers here, but we have to at least allude to a few things...
|Why so growly?|
|The Emo Billionaire.|
|What's his first name?|
Does Bane break the Batman? Is there more to some of the new characters than we first suspect? Do Lucius Fox and Jim Gordon survive? Does Bruce Wayne get laid? Does Anne Hathaway show off her Cat Toe? Will Alfred ever stop making teary-eyed fucking speeches at random intervals? To answer all of these burning questions at once; yes, no and maybe so.
|"Let's hug it out, bitch!"|
Christopher Nolan has directed himself a masterpiece here, despite its flaws, and his Batman Trilogy will go down as one of the best ever. The man can craft a film, and though some may criticize various elements of his productions, the overall genius of his storytelling ability can not be denied. His movies are visually perfect, and the eye candy is always underscored with a large amount of sentiment and meaning. He shoots allegory, and he does it in brilliant fashion.
|The allegory here is "Don't trust bitches."|
The wild card addition in all of this has got to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt's John Blake; we've always suspected that his character would be more than just another supporting role, and we're glad that we were right. He provided some of the film's best moments, and it made us wish he had been along for the ride from the very start of Batman Begins...
|...and so does he.|
|"Snuw mreff Beautifunnh."|
|We still miss you, Heath.|
Nolan and his cast and crew have given us an epic conclusion to and epic story. It's sad to think that this part of the Batman Legacy has ended, but as these films have preached to us since their inception, there's always hope for a better future. In this incarnation or another, The Dark Knight will return, and like the people of Gotham, we will be waiting.
Double Hottie heat! Here's the thing though, why didn't these two wrestle in this movie? Maybe we'll get that special dream scene as an Easter Egg on the Blu-ray come December... dare we dream?