Warner Bros Releases DARK KNIGHT RISES Synopsis – Surprising Few, Disappointing Others

Nerds have been arguing all over the internet and in their comic shops about what The Dark Knight Rises is going to be about. With the few details that have gotten out and what can be gleaned from trailers, fans think they have a decent idea, though there’s still room for debate. Somehow I think we can expect those fights to get even uglier now that Warner Bros has released the official synopsis over at the film’s website. But hey, be lazy, and read it right here.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ The Dark Knight Rises is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

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.

You can head over to the The Dark Knight Rises‘ website to read about the cast and crew and filming locations, but for now, let’s talk about the movie itself.

So it looks like of the various theories about the eight-year gap, the one that turned out to be right was Batman retires after the events of The Dark Knight and is called back into action when Bane shows up. I’m a little disappointed, as this was probably the most boring of the possibilities floating around. It means that by the time Bane shows up, Batman’s just a memory. He’s that weird dude who wore a cape while he beat up some crooks and then killed Harvey Dent almost a decade ago. It also means that for almost a decade, Bruce Wayne ignored what he had set out to do and stopped fighting crime because he didn’t want to get arrested.

I really hope the Nolans and David Goyer have something better planned than what is implied by that eight-year retirement.

(Wow, Bruce got really grey in the eight years since his 30th birthday in Batman Begins.)

Skott Stotland is a thousand monkeys in a man suit. He has been writing for the internet for over a decade.

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