August 02, 2012 at 8:57pm
I have not yet seen this film, but I have seen the previous two and I have been looking at other reviews of “The Dark Knight Rises.” I imagine it would be very difficult to top “The Dark Knight” since it had Heath Ledger’s Joker, often seen as one of the best comic book villain adaptations in film. Bane certainly does seem intimidating, and interesting. He’s distinct enough from his comic version that it seems more original. However, I must say that I dislike the mask he wears in the film. I would have liked it to resemble the comic version more, to be more concealing. The different origin is not bad though, and for the most part he plays the same sort of role he did in the comics. I am pleased with how Catwoman is portrayed. She seems to be very similar to how she is in the comics, as opposed to the way Tim Burton portrayed her in “Batman Returns,” which was more like the typical Batman villain; mentally unstable and violent due to traumatic events. And let’s not even mention the Halle Berry Catwoman. So, I commend this film for getting Selina Kyle right. I have heard that the silly deep, gravely Batman voice is still used, perhaps at its worst. Why Nolan would keep that I have no idea. At least make it much less exaggerated. Batman doesn’t need to disguise his voice that much and it stopped being clever after the first film anyway. As for the actual story and plot, from what I’ve heard it is indeed a little too complex for its own good, but it does sound like it takes Batman to new places. It’s probably not as good as “The Dark Knight,” but as good as “Batman Begins.” I would have preferred it if the title was “Batman Rises,” to help differentiate it from the previous film as well. This is definitely worth a look if you are a fan of Batman.