This has been a terrible Summer for movies, at least for me any way. Everything I went and saw was just terrible and disappointing. The Avengers, Prometheus and now The Dark Knight Rises. Hopefully the Fall/Winter selection will prove to be better. But I want to tear into this film deep so lets go.
1. Christopher Nolan BETRAYS character origins.
In Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Nolan had a great way of portraying his version of characters without completely altering or changing a character's original origin story. Take Ra's al Ghul for instance. Of course, he did not have the story of being an immortal and using the Lazarus Pit, but the basic premise of his character is still in tact being the leader of the League of Shadows. You have the understanding that certain things to be changed in a comics transition into film to accommodate the movie series and to branch out to a wider audience aside from just comic book fans. Even so, THIS IS NOT THE FUCKING CASE IN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. The two villains in the movie are TORN APART AND CHANGED. During the movie, there are several scenes trying to find out who the child was that escaped the pit. We are to assume that this is Bane. But NO. It's Talia al Ghul. NOT BANE. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU, NOLAN?! The entire movie was building for the discovery of Bane's origin and secrets so you STEAL his story and just FUCKING GIVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE?! This is the most FUCKING IDIOTIC, STUPID, RIDICULOUS, HALF ASSED, BULL FUCK SHIT I HAVE HAD TO EXPERIENCE SINCE THE LOKI CAR CHASE SCENE IN THE AVENGERS! IN FACT, THIS MAKES THAT LOOK LIKE GOLD IN COMPARISON! Were the people in on this just that fucking lazy?! Did Heath Ledger's death really put you guys in a hole that you felt THIS was the best you can come up with?! You are STRIPPING a character of everything we were built up for and just passing it along to someone else. DO YOU THINK THE AUDIENCE ARE A BUNCH OR RETARDS?! DID YOU THINK WE WOULD JUST ACCEPT THAT AS SOME FUCKED UP TWIST?! NO, YOU BASTARDS! NO!! The entire origin of Bane and Talia in this movie is Jackalope shit and just completely FUCKING LAZY and is POOR WRITING. AND MIRANDA TATE REVEALING HERSELF AS TALIA ONLY LASTS LIKE 10 GOD DAMN MINUTES BECAUSE THEN SHE FUCKING DIES! RRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
FUCK YOU MOVIE! FUCK, YOOOOOOOOOOOOU!! I never thought I would feel this betrayed and backstabbed from a Christopher Nolan Batman movie.
2. Bane is STILL just a henchman and was never portrayed the way HE SHOULD BE.
This is really fucking annoying. First off, Bane is NOT Bane in this movie. Yes, yes, he is not just the bumbling moron in Batman & Robin, but he is still not Bane. Throughout the movie, certain plans are forced in motion, the planting of the cement explosives, the set up in the sewers, Bane calls Batman out as Bruce Wayne, etc. Bane is a highly intelligent person. At first, you figure that he worked this stuff out and discovered all the secrets like he did in the comic. NOPE. We find out in this shit flick that Miranda Tate is Talia al Ghul and Bane gained all his knowledge from her and that all the scheming and plotting was thanks to her. So, the great villain Bane is once again just another henchman in a Batman movie. I agree he is devious in this movie, but he STILL doesn't not compare the Bane in the comic. Since the whole plan was Talia's idea, it erases any idea that Bane was the cunning and intelligent villain that only comic fans would know about. He is made to be another link in the chain and since HIS origin was given to Talia, he doesn't really have any personality of his own and FAILS, FUCKING FAILS, as an individual in this movie. Why Bane was even chosen as a villain is beyond me.
3. Catwoman is non-essential.
Let me say this first; I don't think Anne Hathaway was bad in this film. Her portrayal as Catwoman was ok. Not really the way I would have seen it, but it wasn't terrible. My issue is was Catwoman even a necessary addition to this film? Seriously, what does she do? She gets Bruce Wayne's finger prints, helps Batman find Bane, and then help clear a path at the end of the movie. You could have had anyone play this role. ANYONE. Nothing that was done was special in regards to Catwoman. There was nothing unique. Nothing memorable. Nothing that says “only Catwoman could do this.” Was she just added due to fan demands? I don't get it. And then the love connection between her and Bruce Wayne is not developed AT ALL in this movie and is just left for assumption that “oh, it's Catwoman so she just gets with Batman.” Like it's something that everyone should know. Once again, another lazy character thrown into a jumbled piece of fuck movie.
4. The Dark Knight is pretty much ignored.
The second movie in the Nolan Batman trilogy is cast asunder. The only major connection is the death of Harvey Dent. That's it. And I'm not saying the Joker had to be mentioned. Check this out: In the second movie, there is the scene where the people are on one ferry and the convicts are on the other. Both decide not to blow the other up and Batman gives Joker the speech about how Gotham will never bow down to likes of chaos the Joker brings and will always stand up to tyranny. Yeah, throw that shit out the window. Bane comes in and takes over, does the city stand up to him, nope. They're just like, “Whatever, do what you want. We will just have anarchy.” What the hell is was Nolan thinking? You take a great moral that the second movie taught and then chucked it? Seriously, what the fuck? I mean, there was even a GREAT moment where the moral could have been cemented. Near the end of the film, all the Police officers march toward Bane and his army. This would have been the best part to have the citizens of Gotham join with them in their march. Once again, proving, that Gotham will never bow down to evil. But no. I don't even think anyone thought of this. The Dark Knight Rises, with the exception of Harvey Dent mentions and the pictures of Rachel, is more like a sequel to Batman Begins. You know, because it's a great idea to totally snub the BEST MOVIE IN THE SERIES.
5. Alfred is disgraced and thrown away in this film.
I don't know if this bothered anyone else as much as it did me. Alfred is one of my favorite characters in Batman and he is ESSENTIAL, especially in this trilogy. But in this movie, Michael Cane's Alfred is only shown for like 15 minutes total. -sigh- What a huge let down. The first two movies proved that Alfred was cemented as the most important supporting character and he is just tossed out of this movie. In fact, a lot was tossed out, but this one stings the most. Limiting Alfred in a Batman movie or story, is like if Empire Strikes Back had Han Solo only in the first few scenes of Hoth and then putting him in carbonite. That's ridiculous and makes NO SENSE! Alfred is not a character that can be brushed aside, especially in the Nolan series. Yes, I know, Batman and him have a falling out, but it wasn't necessary. In the Nolan Batman movies, Alfred is his rock, his port in the storm. This has to be done in these movies because he doesn't not have Robin like he does in the comic. Alfred needs more respect in the Batman community. If he already has a lot, THEN HE NEEDS MORE.