EDITORIAL: In Defence Of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; The Greatest Comic Book Movie Of All-Time

EDITORIAL: In Defence Of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; The Greatest Comic Book Movie Of All-Time

2012 was a great year for movies, but when it comes to the superhero genre, it seems as if it always comes down to The Avengers vs. The Dark Knight Rises. Well, I'm not here to argue about those two, but I will be defending the one I consider to be the greatest CBM of all-time....

The Dark Knight was an incredible movie, and is considered by the majority to be not only the best instalment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but also perhaps even the greatest comic book movie ever. It’s actually hard to argue with those who say this, especially after Heath Ledger’s powerful and unforgettable performance. In fact, until July 20th, 2012, I would have agreed with those people, but then The Dark Knight Rises came along. Many loved it, but equally as many simply could not forgive what they considered to be huge plot holes or an extremely controversial ending. I get it; I really do. How then can I say that the finale of this epic three part story is the best of not only the trilogy, but also the entire comic book genre? Well, it’s easy…because it is!

Firstly, let’s address some of the biggest complaints about the movie. Ones which, you know, people are STILL bringing up in arguments over a year later (hence why I’m addressing some of them here). For example, how did Bruce Wayne get back to Gotham City after escaping the pit? What, you don’t think travelling in poverty for all those years without a passport in Batman Begins didn’t teach him a few tricks? He couldn’t have an offshore account somewhere? There are actually perfectly reasonable explanations you could think up for this, not to mention stuff like Alfred’s whereabouts during Bane’s siege on Gotham or how Batman managed to paint his symbol on one of Gotham’s bridges. Admittedly, this could be countered with the argument that it’s up to the filmmakers to explain these sorts of plot developments, but are audiences truly so stupid that everything must be spelled out to them? We’re talking about a movie where the lead character dresses up as a Bat and fights crime. If you can accept that, you should be able to get over the fact that there was seemingly not enough time for Bruce to eject himself from The Bat before the bomb exploded. Also, we’re talking about a movie which was already over two and a half hours long. Why waste that time explaining this type of thing?!

Complaints and leaps in logic such as these can be found in almost every single comic book movie out there; even The Avengers! Oh, and those claims that the Talia reveal made Bane look weak are laughable. Was the flashback to the prison not enough to explain why the villain would be so devoted to her? And what’s the issue with how Bane was taken out by Catwoman? Batman had been stabbed and badly beaten. Someone had to save him and we had already seen two BIG fights between the Caped Crusader and Bane. The latter being taken out in yet another would have been nothing short of tedious by that point.

Anyway, enough of that. Let’s get to what it is that makes me view The Dark Knight Rises as my all-time favourite comic book movie. You see, there really aren’t all that many movies which leave you with a true sense of astonishment by the time the credits roll, but this is without a doubt one of them. It is simply incredible. I also find it difficult to think of other films which have as many chill inducing moments. Whether it was the first time Bruce suits up again as Batman and Hans Zimmer’s amazing score swells as the GCPD pursue him, or Jim Gordon finally realising who it is behind the mask, The Dark Knight Rises should send a chill down even a non-comic book fan’s spine. If, like me, you were lucky enough to head into this movie without having anything spoiled, the simple fact that Batman dies – or so we’re led to believe for a few minutes at least – the revelation the he survived or the “controversial” scene with John “Robin” Blake, you’ll agree that it’s a movie which takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. Oh, and while we all speculated about it happening, if you didn’t audibly gasp when Bane “Broke The Bat”, you’re dead inside!

For me, there’s a lot to love about The Dark Knight Rises, and little to nothing to hate. It’s a film full of powerhouse performances, with the existing cast members (I’m obviously talking about the likes of Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman) all continuing to superbly develop their characters – simultaneously making it extremely difficult for anyone who follows to live up to them – and new additions such as Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway giving it their all and proving to be easily as impressive. This was no easy feat for the latter two after Heath Ledger’s Academy Award winning take on The Joker. It’s also a beautifully shot and scored film - thank you Wally Pfister and Hans Zimmer – which is of course just the icing on the perfectly written and directed Christopher Nolan cake. Bane’s speech outside of the prison packs an especially powerful punch, partly due to the fact it contains so many real life parallels. While Christopher Nolan has often been criticised for how he directs action, how can you fault any of the action in The Dark Knight Rises? The scene in the sewer (which is scored by the noise of fists hitting flesh and groans of pain instead of Zimmer) is a master class in filmmaking, and as many amazing fight sequences that there are in this genre, Batman and Bane’s battle easily ranks among the best.

Ultimately, it’s almost difficult to put into words just how great The Dark Knight Rises is in my eyes. Like The Empire Strikes back and The Avengers, it’s just one of those movies which has that “It” factor. Whether any future Batman or superhero movies will be able to top this remains to be seen, but for time being, I don’t see anyone being able to take Christopher Nolan’s crown.

What do you guys think?
Posted By:
Josh Wilding
Member Since 3/13/2009
Filed Under "Batman" 9/19/2013
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TheWolverine08 - 9/19/2013, 12:01 PM
jlabatman - 9/19/2013, 12:01 PM
Here we go with this shit!
Highflyer - 9/19/2013, 12:02 PM
This gonna get messy.
SauronsBANE - 9/19/2013, 12:03 PM
Controversial title, flame-war bait article, power user who's been churning out editorials ever since the contest started. Hmm, wonder what's going on here...
Highflyer - 9/19/2013, 12:03 PM
I don't think the DKR or even the avengers are the best CBMs ever. They are merely good. Not amazing.
Amazing512 - 9/19/2013, 12:03 PM
BritishKnight - 9/19/2013, 12:03 PM
ekrolo2 - 9/19/2013, 12:03 PM
I don't think its the best one ever made but I do think it gets shit on WWAAYYY too much by people, come on guys, calling it the worst CBM or even the worst Batman movie ever, its a good but flawed film. I don't understand what happened to the concept of a [frick]ing middle ground, its either amazing or shit and it cant be anything in between.
maninfinesuit - 9/19/2013, 12:03 PM
'The Greatest Comic Book Movie Of All-Time.'



rogmel - 9/19/2013, 12:05 PM
"Dark Knight Rises" better than "The Dark Knight?"

No way in hell.
MrDonut - 9/19/2013, 12:05 PM
It was an entertaining film, but had some serious flaws. Ultimately, I do rank it better than The Avengers, but then I was kind of dissapointed with the 2012 cbms... Maybe my expectations were just too high...
SauronsBANE - 9/19/2013, 12:06 PM
Funny enough I agree with a lot that you said, but bringing up The Avengers is unnecessary. It's like you're goading us on to fill up another 7 or 8 pages of comments. Exaggerated titles like "Best CBM ever!!!" is more flame-war bait. Try a little harder next time.
TheWolverine08 - 9/19/2013, 12:07 PM
"Greatest CBM of all Time"? Avengers, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, X2, Iron Man 1, Spider-Man 1, and Spider-Man 2 all said hi.
Brainiac13 - 9/19/2013, 12:07 PM
Good movie......and good conclusion to the trilogy.
MatTaylorX - 9/19/2013, 12:07 PM
I like the film but it certainly is not the best CBM ever. And if you think it is, you know nothing about filmmaking.

This site is sucking more everyday with this kind of rubbish.
Highflyer - 9/19/2013, 12:09 PM
This guy likes starting flame wars thats for sure.
maninfinesuit - 9/19/2013, 12:09 PM

Brainiac13 - 9/19/2013, 12:09 PM
TDK is still the best cbm.
batman1216 - 9/19/2013, 12:09 PM
I totally agree with you Mr. Wilding. I just don't care what anyone else thinks. I adore Batman Begins and TDK, but to me TDKR was the most satisfying movie experience I ever had. It was well acted, moving and powerful. The themes were strong and the plot holes were greatly exaggerated and did not take me out of the film in the least. How anyone can compare The Avengers to any of the far superior Nolan movies is a mystery to me. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and the Avengers was highly entertaining, but in comparison a cartoon.
marvel72 - 9/19/2013, 12:10 PM
"the greatest comic book movie of all time"

pass me what you're smoking,its not even in my top twenty comic book movies of all time.

batman begins & the dark knight are,you know why? because they're vastly superior to the dark knight rises.
dukester9 - 9/19/2013, 12:10 PM
Yes. Best CBM ever. Every performance was flawless and the ending was fantastic. Greatest trilogy of all time!!!!!
TheWolverine08 - 9/19/2013, 12:11 PM
Here come the Avengers was childish/cartoonish comments.
ImTheDoctor - 9/19/2013, 12:12 PM
Liderc - 9/19/2013, 12:13 PM
I agree that this film, while flawed, did end up making me feel satisfied. The ending gave me chills and had me saying "holy shit." If a long movie like that can end that way, I say it's a solid film. I don't think anything has come close to it other than STID since it came out. Thor 2 looks decent, but first one sucked, and nothing else is coming soon.

Need some original films, like Inception, to come into theaters soon. There's been nothing that I've wanted to go see in the last few months.
TheWolverine08 - 9/19/2013, 12:13 PM
@Batz11 FLAME ON!
thenerdicon4 - 9/19/2013, 12:13 PM
Editorial flame bait if i have ever seen it.
TheWolverine08 - 9/19/2013, 12:14 PM
I'm losing the little respect I have for Wilding day by day.
ElBicho - 9/19/2013, 12:14 PM
Howard the Duck > TDKR.

ScottMontgomery - 9/19/2013, 12:14 PM
The greatest comic book movie of all time? The Dark Knight Rises wasn't even slightly faithful to the comics
Thecoldknight16 - 9/19/2013, 12:14 PM
you make some valid points but i still think the dark knight was a much better movie.
NovaCorpsFan - 9/19/2013, 12:14 PM
I liked the film, but I'd hardly call it the greatest CBM of all time. The best part of the film wasn't the protagonist. It was the supporting roles. Surely a CBM's star should be the hero in question.


Keep this shit up! The flame wars are pure entertainment!
buzzman - 9/19/2013, 12:14 PM
Maybe doing a spell check on the headline for this article might give you some more credibility. I usually lose interest after spelling errors in headlines.
spidey23435 - 9/19/2013, 12:15 PM
This article would be fine if it was followed up with the words "to you". All those chill inducing moments you mentioned I found lackluster. The ending wrapping everything up neatly was good but other than that I find it a boring movie. The fight between batman and bane was really disappointing I almost don't remember most of it even after multiple viewings even him breaking batmans back was less than powerful, it didn't make me feel like Bane was some unstoppable force more so that batman was old and fragile. I am glad you enjoyed it so much but it is to me the weakest by far of the trilogy aside from the ending wrapping everything neatly in a bow the rest is very forgettable but again just my opinion.
Invictor - 9/19/2013, 12:16 PM
The film was great, just not as great as Batman Begins or The Dark Knight. I really don't like what they did with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. In the comics, Bane is a mastermind and is one of Batman's greatest villain's and most challenging foes. They did an outstanding job on the fight between Bane and Batman and I like how Bane started off but then it went downhill.

Punish me for mentioning another film, but the twist in Iron Man 3 with the Mandarin is almost similar to Bane, but it was more humorous and it dealt with identity. Iron Man 3 made us think that the Mandarin was the Mandarin the entire film until Trevor Slattery unleashed his true persona. In The Dark Knight Rises, it made us think that Bane was planning out all these scenarios and that he was a true mastermind, but he wasn't, he was only Talia's pawn and brawns. The already decreased my interest in Bane throughout the film. What put the cherry on top for me was his anti-climatic death being killed by Catwoman. The bottom line is that Bane was downgraded in The Dark Knight Rises.
ekrolo2 - 9/19/2013, 12:16 PM

Because a CBM cant possibly be good or great without just copying the comics which pretty much makes the whole [frick]ing concept of adaptations pointless right? Btw Spider-Man 2, X1, X2, Batman Begins, TDK, Iron Man 1, Avengers, none of which were completely faithful to the comics would like to have a word with you.
SauronsBANE - 9/19/2013, 12:16 PM
So to sum it up, your reasons for loving TDKR are:
Roller-coaster of emotions
Good cast
Good music/cinematography
The action.

Feel free to go into specifics any time you'd like. These are some of the most general, vague reasons for liking a movie that I've ever seen. And half the article was taken up by more vague defending of problems the movie had! That just confirms to me that you put little to no thought into this article, and it's simply yet another attempt at creating flame wars and winning competitions. Nice.
ImTheDoctor - 9/19/2013, 12:17 PM
1 year, 1 month, and 30 days. That's how long it's been.


HotLunch - 9/19/2013, 12:17 PM
LOL! Is this article a joke?

Daredevil was better.

Affleck will put TDKR and all that is Nolan to shame. He will be the best Batman and make the best Batman movies yet.
IDKwhatToChoose - 9/19/2013, 12:18 PM
this is an article for clicks only lol. No way to I believe Josh thinks this is truly the greatest CBM of all time
Nomadic1 - 9/19/2013, 12:18 PM
You have lost your mind. Moron.
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