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New Images, Early Raves Arrive For The Dark Knight Rises

While Warner Bros. didn’t bring a last-minute preview of The Dark Knight Rises to Comic-Con International, the studio did release a half-dozen new images from the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. None of them features Batman himself, though; instead, we’re treated to photos of Tom Hardy’s Bane, Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake, Marion Cotillard’s Miranda Tate, Matthew Modine as Peter Foley, and Morgan Freeman and Lucius Fox.

The film, which is on track to eclipse the $158.4 million debut of 2008’s of The Dark Knight, doesn’t open until Friday, but it’s already receiving rave reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter contending it “makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish.”

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises also stars Christian Bale as Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred and Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon.


  • Lewis4510

    “makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish.”

    Yeah and a guy dressed up as a Bat fighting a guy with a radiator grill on his face isn’t silly or childish. 

  • Ferro821

    Calm down

  • cjorg2

    Dude, the Avengers, was silly and childish. But in a good way. It was a popcorn movie, with a bare minimum plot that was present to showcase a series of action sequences. I loved it, but it is what it is. As was Captain America, Thor, IM2. There are no deep and meaningful moments, themes, or character growth in those movies. And before I get bashed, let me repeat – I love these films. But they aren`t films that make you think or resonate with an audience.

  • Timmchapman

    Look straight up these 3 Batman films are just that films. This isn’t Batman, this is Nolans “idea” of a realistic Batman which is fine. I love the movies. But they are MORE adult centric than the Marvel films and that’s for a reason. Nolan makes ADULT level films. Marvel uses those movies two fold – as a thank you to all of us that grew up reading Marvel comics and to rope in new buyers IE kids. WB isn’t doing that with this Batman or they would have told Nolan to losen up on the darkness.

    This is a MAJOR reason why I don’t see it surpassing Avanegers in terms of gross. It’ll have a HUGE weekend no doubt. But I doubt it has the 207 Million and if it dioes it will curtail faster for one MAJOR reason – KIDS. My daughter is 12 and has seen all of the Marvel movies. She’s seen these Batman movies they dont appeal to her like the Marvel ones do. She saw Avangers in theater 6 times. 6. I only took her once. Avengers is a plop your kids at the theather while you walk the mall movie. TDKR is not going to be that. Thats why its overal number wont be as big.

  • Cjorg2

    I love your approach to babysitting…