The Dark Knight Rises: A Movie for Men

Obviously this week is all about The Dark Knight Rises which promises to be one of the best superhero movies of all time.  OF ALL TIME.  So why should you go out and see it?  Because it’s a movie for men.  I mean, it’s also a movie for women, children, old people, and maybe animals, but this will be the movie that every guy wants to see this summer.  It’s crucial that you make your way to a theater to catch it.

Let’s get a little back story to this tale.  Basically in the first film, Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne became Batman after the tragic death of his parents.  Gotham was riddled with crime and he had to fight both the Scarecrow and Ra’s al Ghul.  Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, and Cillian Murphy did a brilliant job with this film.

The second film in the trilogy, The Dark Knight, is essentially the “Empire Strikes Back” of Batman movies.  The late Heath Ledger played the Joker in a movie that surpasses basically all super hero movies.   His untimely death prevented the character from being developed further, so we start at the next film with Batman having given up his alter ego because he’s the hero that Gotham deserves, but not the one it wants.

These films are directed by Christopher Nolan and written by his brother Jonathan Nolan.  This film will be their last Batman film.  With a little luck, it promises to be the best Batman film.

So what can we expect?  For starters, we can anticipate Tom Hardy as a very bulky, angry Bane.  Anne Hathaway will be playing a very sleek Catwoman.  Most of the cast of the last film returns.  It takes something of a visual cue from Nolan’s last film, Inception.  It also borrows some of the actors, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy.  Gotham looks more stunning than ever and it takes more borrow buildings in New York than either of the previous movies.  It looks haunting and decrepit.  We expect only the best from the Nolan brothers.

So why go see The Dark Knight Rises?  Because it’s a movie for men.  It’s going to be the best film of the summer and it looks like it might be one of the biggest openings of all time.  Get out and be part of a cultural phenomenon.

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