After the event of the Dark Knight, it’s been 8 years now, Gotham City is at peace and everything seems to be fine… this is where the movie starts off. And you know that everything is not alright, as we see in the opening when a plane goes down. However peace has been gain by a lie, the lie that Batman killed five people two of which where cops.
If I need to be frank with you and to collect my thoughts about the movie I have to say it’s not as good as it could have been. Some people will argue that it was all over the place. That it had far too many characters and I’ll agree to a point that some of the villains where just underused or just wasn’t that thrilled about them.
Let me start off by saying that Bane, I think that he was a pretty cool character, but everything about him in terms of what they gave us was flat. At least I felt like there was much more to him then they could have given us. To keep this spoiler free I wont talk too much about such things like that.
I’ll start off with the story itself, the generally story is about Batman/Bruce Wayne and they both have disappeared, Batman has not been seen since that day he took the heat for the murders which was caused by Two-Face Harvey Dent, who now is seen as a hero. As a result the Dent act as put many criminals behind bars and clean up the streets, the world no longer needs Batman.
Well here is where it gets funky, and Bane shows up, and yet with all the crazy stuff that happened in the first two batman movies, it’s just too silly that no one believes Commissioner James Gordon, who is in the hospital from a gun shot wound. Enter Blake a young cop who still believe in Batman same as Commissioner James Gordon.
The story goes and we have a number of run-ins with Catwoman, who by the way is never named as such even know she wares a black outfit and has a glasses that sit on her head and look like little cat ears. Shes plays more of the anti-hero and more for her own well-being most of the movie then a villain from the comics. In fact she’s no real threat here and just kind of there as eye candy, honestly.
The ending is kind of one of those, yeah we saw this coming but the twist at the end is what cause me to turn my head and think for a moment. In fact as big as batman fan as I am I even had to go do some searching to see if they just made that up or it was some bases to the comics. Everything they did mostly was base on some comic storyline, mash-up into an almost 3 hour movie.
Overall we don’t get too much of batman in the movie, this is mostly due to the nature of the story, that batman is not needed and we don’t even see him until the middle act of the movie and then its limited, as you can guess being out of action for over 8 years shows. We had some really good emotional moments which I loved and I felt that for being a 3rd batman movie it closed itself up rather well. Even if some plot points I just kind of rolled my eyes at knowing full well what was to come.
This is why I said some characters where just underused or simple didn’t give much of a reason for them, such as Bane who simple was a threat but I wasn’t too scared if batman wouldn’t be able to defeat him like I was with the Joker. Which okay I get that they where not going to recast the Joker out of respect. However, they played the movie out as if the Joker never existed.
I was left with feeling that something was missing. They closed up all the loose ends and left a legacy of batman where they can do a 4th one with a mostly new cast (some people would have to return or it would just feel like a reboot). That being said, I just felt not even bring up the Joker in context, such as saying. The Joker disappeared and hasn’t been seen since or, even a hint that the Joker is there. Nothing at all was said and as sad as it is, really hurt the movie. The ending goes leaving you wanting more really wanting to see more batman.
I really loved Batman Beings and still by far the best one, I know some will say The Dark Knight was the best of the series, it had flaws like this one. This one just didn’t have enough batman for being as long as it was and I felt some stuff just could have been cut out or more detail given to why, it just felt rush at some points for me and I really wanted to see batman battle the Bane.
Christopher Nolan and the cast did a great job giving us a tone of batman we never saw before. It’s too bad that much of these movies have a bad taste in my mouth now. I really wanted to give this movie a 4 out of 5 for being one of the best ending movies in a trilogy in a long time; however with the death of Heath Ledger, leaving me sad that we not only lost a great actor but put a dark shadow over the 2nd film. This one well the events that I’m sure everyone has read about, makes me sad for the families who lost their lives. I wouldn’t be shocked if future comic book movies end up having a much lighter tone and I’m sure it’ll be a long while before we get a realistic take on a comic book hero like Batman.