Recently, I released a brief review of “The Avengers.” I was shocked by how ordinary the plot was, and how the infighting between the heroes was unbelievable and forced into the script, but that’s my opinion. Let me state this, “The Batman trailer has made me forget this generic piece of garbage.” Fans are crazed for “The Avengers” because it’s the hip thing to be in love with at the moment. Now, Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” has “The Avengers” on the ropes and Nolan has stuck his finger into Joss Whedon’s eye by reminding moviegoers that “The Dark Knight Rises” is on the horizon and poised to be the film of the summer. With Nolan’s flair, he will serve a layered arc of storytelling, which will give audiences something to think about.
Here is what I think will happen based on the trailer.
“There’s a storm coming.” That storm is Bane. Bane is the ultimate military and psychological strategist and a finely tuned physical machine. He is more than Batman’s equal, and he has come to Gotham City to finish the job Ra’s al Ghul failed to accomplish in “Batman Begins.”
Bane attacks and terrorizes Gotham on all levels. From the fans and players of a high school football game to traffic on one of the city’s bridges to the stock exchange, no one is made to feel safe. Bane is so brazen, he launches a direct assault on Gotham’s own police department.
Early on, Bane breaks Batman’s body and spirit. He holds a piece of Batman’s mask, which he casually tosses aside. So, how can Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman hope to recover his soul? With the dedicated people who surround him.
A measure of a person’s worth is the loyalty of their friends. So, who are Batman’s friends? Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, Lucius Fox, Selina Kyle (Catwoman,) and maybe a few members of Gotham’s Police Force. Bruce Wayne/Batman will reinvent themselves. With the aid of a few gadgets and some detective work, Batman will match Bane, but what will be the price?
Christopher Nolan will have you waiting until July. Until then, you can chew on your popcorn!
“The Dark Knight Rises” will be released on July 20th, 2012. The film will star Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Josh Stewart, Nestor Carbonell, Alon Abutbul, Liam Neeson, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Christopher Judge, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Rob Brown, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Christopher and Jonathan Nolan wrote the screenplay, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Christopher Nolan directs.