The Dark Knight Rises: 10 Year Review

The teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises featuring the Batman symbol made up of ruined buildings.

picture: Warner Bros./DC Comics

Some of the retrospectives we did this month focused on them Wonder or other Disney IP. It’s the nature of the beast, but Marvel’s Distinguished Competition – aka DC – has a pretty big milestone to celebrate in 2022. Right, it’s time to talk about our old pal, Batman.

Christopher Nolans The Dark Knight rises released in New York on July 16, 2012, followed by a wider release on July 20, and was the final installment in the director’s critically and commercially acclaimed reboot of Batman. Set about a decade after the end of 2008 the dark knight, Bruce Wayne (a returning Christian Bale) Has retired from Batman and lived as a hermit in his mansion, with Gotham’s crime rate plummeting thereafter Harvey Dent’s death was needed as the catalyst for the Gotham police to expand their power. But when Selina Kyle comes into his life from Anne Hathaway and Wayne Enterprises is taken from under his nose, Bruce is drawn back into the lifestyle he’s avoided for the past eight years. And just as Batman gets going again, Bane (Tom Hardy) shows up in Gotham. After Bane doh what he always has to do it, Bruce must regain his groove and strengthen his back if he has any hope of saving Gotham from Bane and the remnants of the League of Shadows under the command of the masked mercenary.

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How with begins and Knight, rise received rave reviews from critics and smashed it at the box office, eventually becoming Nolan’s highest-grossing film of all time at $1.081 billion worldwide when all was said and done. (The second Batman film to do this, the second being its direct predecessor.) It was also the third-highest-grossing film of 2012, behind it The Avengers and skyfall, The movie is considered one of the best superhero movies of all time and one of the best movies of the 2010s. Although it may not have the cultural staying power Knight did, largely thanks to the late Heath Ledger’s Joker, Rises has a legacy all of her own, though much of it stems from everyone, even her Harley Quinn cartoon, swear no really, they have one Murderer banner impression.

10 years after the fact, The Dark Knight rises is the last big budget superhero movie to come out alone, Conditions not specified by the box office, and the end of the superhero film genre’s relationship to self-contained stories. Once The Avengers and MCU became the biggest thing since sliced ​​bread, there were several imitators in its wake. Out of Power Rangers and Brave Comics to godzilladown to DC itself at least three times, Hollywood has been hit by a fall of the Cinematic Universe. Nolan’s Batman films have never really pretended to have any such thing in mind. In fact, Nolan has been weaning himself off the superhero genre since 2012: he conceived the 2013 story man of Steel with his screenwriter David Goyer, and in addition to serving as executive producer, he would return for the latter role Batman vs Superman and both the 2017 and 2021 versions of justice league.

Even in the age of forward momentum and plans for the big blockbuster to end all blockbusters, the isolated spirit of Nolan’s trilogy lives on in abundance. The Batman from earlier this year focuses on its titular character about as directly as Nolan’s films. Sure there is two televisions spin-offs in progress, but they focus heavily on elements of the bat mythos and feel more like a natural extension of the film than a sort of commitment to go head-to-head with brand rivals. Speaking of which, it was Marvel of all people who attempted self-restraint in the form of moon knight. Unlike many recent shows and films, Oscar Isaac’s supernatural thriller doesn’t feel the need to constantly remind you that it’s set in the same world as the Avengers or Daredevil.

Whatever you think of Nolan’s Knight trilogy and Rises In particular, it’s commendable that it only focused on itself until the end. These films popularized several trends in modern blockbuster cinema, from the modern concept of a “grounded, gritty reboot” to superhero films attempting to gesture towards greatness political or socio-economic concepts. In times of networking and media consumption, it feels more and more like homework, the stronger the outliers who have decided not to jump on the bandwagon. It doesn’t seem like anyone at WB wants to share a glimpse into Nolan’s world now that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Robin Blake is taking over as Gotham’s protector, and that’s fine. After all, it’s not as if we’re missing stories about Batman or his seemingly infinite number of disciples.


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