Published on July 21st, 2012 | by Hollywood Reporter0
Dark Knight Rises Review – An EPIC End To The Greatest Batman Trilogy Ever
The Dark Knight Will Be Missed
This Dark Knight Rises review begins with some jaw dropping trivia about how some of the greatest and most iconic superhero movies in Hollywood can sometimes be so jinxed.
Unfortunately, this happens to be the case with two of the greatest comic book franchises known to mankind, Batman and Superman.
The Superman Curse is a well known superstition based on a series of misfortunes that have plagued creative people involved in adaptations of Superman in various media. Historical evidence indicates that there were a total of eight artists who were affected by the urban legend. It significantly impacted two actors who played the title role and “made it their own“, George Reeve and Christopher Reeve. George Reeves played Superman in the 1951 film Superman and the Mole Men and the ensuing television series Adventures of Superman. On June 16, 1959, days before he was to be married, Reeves was found dead of a gunshot wound at his home. His death was ruled out to be a suicide and always remained a mystery. It was Reeves’ death that inspired the conspiracy theories and the urban legend of a curse associated with the character of Superman.
Later on in the 80s, Christopher Reeve played the role of Superman to tremendous success which also caused problems for him to find lead roles in other movies. The actor was paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from his horse in a cross-country equestrian riding event on May 27, 1995. Reeve died on October 10, 2004 due to heart failure stemming from his medical condition.
In more recent times, it has been Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy that is rated as one of the all time greatest superhero cult classics (as indicated by any Dark Knight Rises review) after Christopher Reeve’s Superman series. The Batman movie franchise has actually seen many adaptations in Hollywood with Micheal Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney playing the title role. None of them however could make the “role their own“, a feat that was achieved only by Christian Bale with the first Batman movie in 2005.
The normal rule with movie sequels is that they are never as good as the original. It is mostly true with a few exceptions such as Godfather II, Terminator II, Die Hard II and most certainly the Dark Knight. The Dark Knight will for a long time be the greatest ever superhero movie, largely due to a scintillating performance by the main villain. Its not common for superhero movies to win Oscar awards, but the Dark Knight managed to pull that off with Heath winning a posthumous Oscar award for his role as “The Joker“. With The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan completes the trilogy in a way that is epic and completely satisfying to hard-core Batman fans – even though the movie isn’t perfect. It also secures Nolan a spot among the greatest interpreters of the Batman mythology. Sadly, it also raises questions of the Batman franchise being hit by a curse similar to the “Superman curse“.
Heath Ledger’s death before the release of the Dark Knight came as a big shock to the makers of the movie and many of his fans around the world. The release of Dark Knight Rises post many months of marketing and publicity, also got of to a horrific and tragic start. The deadly rampage at a Colorado movie theater that targeted fans inside a midnight showing of the movie has left Hollywood reeling. At the time of the shooting that left 12 movie patrons dead and 59 others wounded, director Christopher Nolan and actors Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman were in France, preparing for the Paris premiere of the film. Warner Bros., the studio behind the film immediately cancelled the event – as well as a morning press conference featuring the A-listers (As reported by NYDailyNews).
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Despite the tragedy perpetrated by a 24 year old student dressed as “The Joker“, the Dark Knight Rises is a fantastic film that ends a psychological epic trilogy with a bold exclamation point. There’s a heart-pounding, intellectual and visceral momentum to the movie which keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Unlike the first two movies, where Batman appears to be very much in charge and Bruce Wayne is a successful playboy billionaire, this movie shows Bruce living as a cripple in a self-imposed exile. Batman himself is shown as extremely weak and human and nowhere close to his persona in the comic books. Faced against “The Bane“, a masked, muscle-bound sociopath who is intellectually and physically more powerful than any of the caped crusader’s other foes, Batman looks beaten till the very end.
This Dark Knight Rises review won’t reveal much about the film’s plot but it is fair to say there are a lot of great surprises awaiting fans. Apart from the great script, fine acting and drama, the Dark Knight Rises also provides explosive action sequences, fine-tuned CGI, and a great musical score! Overall, the film represents everything and anything that entails filmmaking. Combining art and loads of money from Warner Bros, it would be so unfair if this didn’t receive some kind of Oscar nod. With talent playing their roles unbelievably well and a well paced story which goes on without any kind of crack, this isn’t a film one can only watch once.
Oh! and we forget to mention that the movie also opens with a first look at the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” with Henry Cavill in the lead role.