THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012): Comicbook Connections

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012): Comicbook Connections

"This Is A Know Who Your Comicbook Character Guide" this tries to list all the characters of The Dark Knight Rises (2012) film with comicbook counterparts. This gives "non-comicbook" fans a tidbit of info on the background of the characters.

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan and the story with David S. Goyer. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the third and final installment in Nolan's Batman film trilogy, and it is the sequel to The Dark Knight (2008).

The Characters


Comics: Batman is the superhero protector of Gotham City, a man dressed like a bat who fights against evil and strikes terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere. In his secret identity he is Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist and notorious playboy. Although he has no superhuman powers, he is one of the world's smartest men and greatest fighters. His physical prowess and technical ingenuity make him an incredibly dangerous opponent.
Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, first appearing in Detective Comics #27 (1939).
Commissioner Gordon was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, first appearing in Detective Comics #27. (1939)

Movie: A billionaire socialite dedicated to protecting Gotham City from the criminal underworld. Due to the eight-year gap between the events of The Dark Knight and those of The Dark Knight Rises, the older Bruce Wayne; is not in a great state.
Portrayed by: Christian Bale
Previous appearance of this version of the character: Batman Begins (2005) & The Dark Knight (2008)


Comics: Alfred Pennyworth is the trusted butler of Bruce Wayne and the Wayne Family, making him Batman's manservant. Having worked for Thomas and Martha Wayne before they were murdered, he raised young Bruce from an early age. His responsibilities include attending to Batman and making sure he can properly function, as well as looking after the Batcave and Wayne Manor. Always the perfect gentleman, Alfred is loyal and faithful, although not afraid to criticize his employer when he deserves it. His experience in the military has given him combat and medical training, and he was also a noted stage actor in his time.
Alfred was created by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, first appearing in Batman #16 (1943).

Movie: Bruce's trusted butler and confidant. Alfred has acted as a father figure to Bruce, and continues to aid Bruce on his missions as well as supplying him with useful advice. Alfred is unable to accept Bruce's desire to revive his Batman persona, even going so far as to resign from his position to impress the seriousness of Bruce's position upon him.
Portrayed by: Michael Cane
Previous appearance of this version of the character: Batman Begins (2005) & The Dark Knight (2008)


Comics: James Gordon is the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, and one of Batman's greatest allies. He is a controversial political figure in Gotham City because of his willingness to work alongside a vigilante, but he is one of the most honest cops on the force, often struggling against corruption from within. He frequently works outside the law when necessary, although he maintains a strict unbreakable moral code. He has made it clear many times that he only tolerates Batman because they follow the same code, and if he ever crossed the line Gordon would not hesitate to bring him down.

Movie: Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, and one of the city's few honest police officers. Gordon feels guilty over his role in covering up the death of Harvey Dent to the point where he is prepared to resign from his position as Commissioner over it, but refrains from doing so when he senses that Gotham is about to come under threat.
Portrayed by: Gary Oldman
Previous appearance of this version of the character: Batman Begins (2005) & The Dark Knight (2008)


Comics: Robin is the position of Batman's sidekick and crimefighting partner, a teenage vigilante who patrols Gotham City armed with intensive martial arts abilities and a number of high-tech gadgets. There have been five as members of the Batman Family in regular continuity.
The first Robin was created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson, first appearing in Detective Comics #38. (1940)

Movie: John Blake is not a character in the comics but he shares a lot of similarities with the first Robin, Dick Grayson. Blake is a young police officer whose instincts lead him to believe that there is trouble on the horizon. Seeing something of himself in Blake, Commissioner Gordon promotes him to detective. Blake represents the idealism that Gordon and Bruce Wayne once held, but soon lost in their battle against crime in the city.
Portrayed by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Comics: Lucius Fox is a brilliant business manager and corporate executive at Wayne Enterprises. He is a close friend and confidante to Bruce Wayne, frequently acting as his financial liaison. In addition, his actions are responsible for many of the resources that go towards developing Batman's equipment.
Lucius Fox was created by Len Wein and John Calnan, first appearing in Batman #307. (1979)

Movie: Fox runs Wayne Enterprises on behalf of Bruce Wayne and serves as his armorer, providing him with high-tech equipment. His position as President of Wayne Enterprises allows him to discreetly develop cutting-edge technology and weaponry, even as Wayne Enterprises starts losing money.
Portrayed by: Morgan Freeman
Previous appearance of this version of the character: Batman Begins (2005) & The Dark Knight (2008)


Comics: Catwoman is Selina Kyle, a morally ambiguous character who has been an anti-hero, acting as an adversary, a crime fighter and also a love interest for Batman. Years of training have made her stealthy and agile as a world-class criminal, and her mastery of the martial arts makes her a formidable physical opponent. Although she began her career as a burglar, she has since then reformed and begun protecting Gotham City in her own style.
Catwoman was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, first appearing in Batman #1. (1940)

Movie: Selina Kyle is a cat burglar described as "an associate" of Bane who establishes a relationship with Batman that "takes some of the somberness away from his character." Kyle is pursuing a "clean slate", a computer program rumoured to be able to erase a person's criminal history, when she crosses paths with Bruce Wayne.
Portrayed by: Anne Hathaway


Comics: Bane is a brilliant world-class fighter and tactical genius who augments his great physical strength with a steroid called venom. Raised from childhood in the Peña Duro prison on Santa Prisca, he determined that he would destroy Batman to prove himself, and succeeded by breaking the hero's back during Knightfall. Since then he has been an international crimelord, an anti-hero, a mercenary, a government agent and even a dictator. His father is the legendary martial artist King Snake. He has been a member of the Secret Six, the Suicide Squad and the Secret Society of Super-Villains.
Bane was created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench and Graham Nolan, first appearing in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1. (1993)

Movie: A terrorist leader intent on destroying Gotham City. He was originally a member of the League of Shadows, before being excommunicated. the character wears a mask that supplies him with an analgesic gas to relieve pain he suffers from an injury sustained "early in his story". Bane has been described as "a terrorist in both thought and action" and is "florid in his speech, [with] the physicality of a gorilla".
Portrayed by: Tom Hardy


Comics: Talia al Ghul is the daughter of Ra's al Ghul. Her father encouraged a relationship between Talia and Batman, desiring for Batman to marry his daughter in hopes of recruiting him as his successor. Talia admires Batman in his drive, determination, and nobility, but was always torn between him and the love for her terrorist father. Unlike Catwoman, Talia is more than willing to play second-fiddle to Bruce's mission. She is the mother of Batman's son Damian.
Created by Dennis O'Neil and Bob Brown, First appearance Detective Comics #411 (May 1971)

Movie: Known as Miranda Tate throughout most of the Dark Knight Rises movie, a twist in the end reveals that she is Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ra's Al Ghul. Talia/Miranda was a member of the Wayne Enterprises executive board who encourages a still-grieving Bruce Wayne to rejoin with society and continue his father's philanthropic works.
Portrayed by: Marion Cotillard


Comics: Ra's al Ghul, literally translated from the arabic as Head of the Demon, is an international immortal eco-terrorist and an enemy of Batman. Believing that humanity is a blight on the planet, his extremist environmentalism has led him to seek the destruction of modern society. Born centuries ago, he has stayed alive over through usage of restorative Lazarus Pits. These years of experience have made him an incredible tactical expert and physical opponent, allowing him to establish the League of Assassins. His daughter Talia al Ghul has been romantically involved with Batman, leading to a child between the two named Damian al Ghul.
Ra's al Ghul was created by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams, first appearing in Batman #232. (1971)

Movie: While Bruce was recovering in the Pit,after his back was broke by Bane, he hallucinated his old mentor and foe Ra's al Ghul as he tried to make sense of what he had been told and what brought him to this point in his life. Ra's expressed his disappointment that Bruce doubted that Ra's would return, and he claimed to be immortal through another method–one that produced an heir.
Portrayed by: Liam Neeeson
Previous appearance of this version of the character: Batman Begins (2005)


Comics: Scarecrow is a brilliant psychologist turned super-villain who fights Batman in Gotham City, specializing in techniques and chemicals that manipulate fear. Jonathan Crane was originally a well-respected professor, although he lost credibility when he obsessively took his experiments too far and descended into madness. He spends most of his time in Arkham Asylum.
Scarecrow was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, first appearing in World's Finest #3. (1941)

Movie: When Bane frees the prisoners from Blackgate Penitentiary, Scarecrow is one of the thousands of prisoners freed. Once liberated, Scarecrow presides over a "kangaroo court" trial wherein the rich aristocracy of Gotham are persecuted and given a choice between death and exile.
Portrayed by: Cillian Murphy
Previous appearance of this version of the character: Batman Begins (2005) & The Dark Knight (2008)

Gadgets & Vehicles


Comics: The Batcycle is a street vehicle that is used by Batman on numerous occasions. The Batcycle is used by Batman in such cases when his Batmobile will not be suitable for a mission.

Movie: It is known as the "Batpod" in this version. It was mostly used by Catwoman's character throughout this film.

Previous appearance of this version of the character: The Dark Knight (2008)


Comics: The Batmobile is Batman's automobile. It has gone through many incarnations; often it is depicted with rocket engines, mounted weapons, bullet-proof armor and other advanced technologies.

Movie: It is known as the "Tumbler" in this version. Bane's terrorist were able to get their hands on several Tumblers.

Previous appearance of this version of the character: Batman Begins (2005) & The Dark Knight (2008)


Comics: It can at times be called Bat-wing or The Plane. The Batplane is Batman's means of transportation whether high above Gotham or to another country.

Movie: It is simply known as the "Bat" in this version

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figuresmaniac - 10/27/2012, 12:25 AM
AsianVersionOfET - 10/27/2012, 12:36 AM
@AlienVersusPredator, bro....not cool.
Mego - 10/27/2012, 12:40 AM
Major differences: Movie version Batman only existed 1 year before retiring.
Movie version Batman's fighting skills deteriorated rapidly in 1 year.
Movie Version Batman had no real detective ability and was easily fooled and manipulated by others.
Movie version Batman lost EVERYTHING and died a broken man, afterward Gordon received a repaired Bat-Signal which was funded by police as a tribute to Gordon working with Batman and Alfred imagined seeing Bruce alive and well as he couldnt take the reality of Bruces wasted life.
GoILL - 10/27/2012, 1:00 AM
Looks like some good/evil twin shit is going on here in the comments. :)
vondoom29 - 10/27/2012, 1:19 AM
@darkmetal, i feel like i child having been told santa doesnt exist. my interpretation of the movie was that of an optimist. question to you. does the top stop spinning in inception?
GetsugaTensho22 - 10/27/2012, 1:19 AM
Yea.....Hardy's Bane was epic. Face mask , accent and League of Shadows association aside, he WAS Bane. Scary, Smart, and absolutely brutal.
vondoom29 - 10/27/2012, 1:33 AM
^^i agree^^
NorseGod - 10/27/2012, 2:18 AM
AlienVersusPredator how long have you been on this site? I've seen AsianVersionOfET here for years, you just come off as a copy-cat.

As for all the people raggin' on TDKR, give it a rest. Plenty of people enjoyed the movie and your comments just come off as whiny sad rants from people wasting their lives. If you don't like something don't spend your time making it a bigger deal than it deserves to be. They will make more Batman movies so either look forward to a new interpretation or stop seeing the Batman movies.

I for one really enjoyed this trilogy, it is very different from the comics (which I am a huge fan) but that's ok because it is influenced heavily by the comics. To me it feels like what if Batman had been real and made such an impact on the world that a legend was created from him and that is where all the stories in the comics come from.
Kevwebsz - 10/27/2012, 2:19 AM
ITS NOT INCEPTION!!! Alfred wasn't imagining that he saw Bruce! Am I the only one that remembered when Lucius was told that the auto-pilot was fixed by BRUCE WAYNE? oh and lets not forget that Selena and Bruce used the clean slate program to erase their identities.
Logan5 - 10/27/2012, 2:28 AM
Come on? Yeah, the sushi was no good 'cause there was real salmon in it. This is kinda' silly.
Logan5 - 10/27/2012, 2:34 AM
Not trying to hate, but..., this is like comparing SW to 2001.
RedSkull667 - 10/27/2012, 2:40 AM
Robin Jhon Blake was the worst thing ever happened to Dark Knight Trilogy and Bane had no Justice too, been Badass for whole movie and then killed by a lady in a Catsuit in the end was like WTF
RedSkull667 - 10/27/2012, 2:40 AM
And Cat brugler? WTF. Worst Catwoman ever. But I liked her ass.
Jollem - 10/27/2012, 2:56 AM
bane was killed by a grenade-type projectile

catwoman was catwoman
XavierLehnsherr - 10/27/2012, 4:46 AM
I am considering doing something similar with every episode of Smallville.
XavierLehnsherr - 10/27/2012, 4:53 AM
And, John Blake shares a similarity with Dick, Jason, & Tim. Orphan & Cop. Rage. Deduced Batman's identity.
HellsHammer - 10/27/2012, 6:09 AM
Why would Alfred imagine Selina Kyle with Bruce? He had no idea that they had any sort of feelings for each other. All he knew is that she was a thief. Bruce survived people!
Also everyone is so fast to jump up and scream that this was based off of Knightfall and the Long Halloween like they know what their talking about. I've got two words for you all 'The Cult'. If any if you were the fanboys you all claim to be you would know that there are elements of that storyline in TDKR.
HellsHammer - 10/27/2012, 6:11 AM
Yeah their were more elements of Knightfall but it seems to me that you guys only read the popular story lines. Know your superheros people. The underrated stories are the hidden gems of the comic world!
LegacyFilms - 10/27/2012, 6:27 AM
I'm sure your joking about the whole dying thing, and Alfred imagining him, right lol
sameoldthing - 10/27/2012, 6:32 AM
The ending is partially clear...Yes,Bruce is alive & well (he's banging Selina,nice!) & that's should be obvious.

What is a bit unclear is when Blake finds the cave,what now?
I say he maintains his detective role & when another dire circumstance threatens Gotham he contacts Bruce & they team up as the dynamic duo!

That's why I like the ending,it's not set in stone that Bruce never returns as Bats or Blake takes over,it's open to interpretation.
LegacyFilms - 10/27/2012, 6:41 AM
I mean it's not like with Bruce gone, there's noone in the world that can train Blake. There are still billions of people in the world and without a job, he has all the time in the world to train. I doubt the Batpod is there, and the Bat was destroyed, but there are things in the cave to lead him to Fox so he can get more equipment.
superman7 - 10/27/2012, 6:42 AM
I dont even feel like dignifying some of these comments with a response....

good movie.
@ thewitness: nice article.

only things i wish they did differently are mention the joker, and shorten the gap that Bruce was retired. 8 years leaves little room for return
Preston - 10/27/2012, 6:57 AM

Major differences:
1). Movie version Batman only existed 1 year before retiring.
2). Movie version Batman's fighting skills deteriorated rapidly in 1 year.
3). Movie Version Batman had no real detective ability and was easily fooled and manipulated by others.
4). Movie version Batman lost EVERYTHING and died a broken man, afterward Gordon received a repaired Bat-Signal which was funded by police as a tribute to Gordon working with Batman and Alfred imagined seeing Bruce alive and well as he couldnt take the reality of Bruces wasted life.


just another attempt for a fanboy to write yet another NOlan article...trilogy more movie...bye bye

well said

I couldn't have said it better myself.
Jollem - 10/27/2012, 7:09 AM
i like these articles better than sassy, catty bitchery :)
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/27/2012, 7:14 AM
I really hope you were joking about that "Bruce Wayne is dead" part.
Darth258 - 10/27/2012, 7:14 AM
hahaha omg at "grenade-type projectile" i laughed so hard.

THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/27/2012, 7:15 AM
We still have Avengers articles being made so your point is invalid.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/27/2012, 7:18 AM
To get through obstacles, not to kill people. He uses a sticky bomb gun and mini mines even when hes not on the Bat-pod. And that is not criticizing the Nolan Batman, that is just criticizing Batman in general.
Darth258 - 10/27/2012, 7:24 AM
When i'll see "Batman in general" using guns i'll start to criticize that too. Till then Batman stays one of my favourite characters.
Jollem - 10/27/2012, 7:25 AM
@Darth258 - lol. i like how ya hear; "omgz you guys, bane got killed by a gurl. hahahah". an explosive took bane out. some people wanna make it seem like catwoman punched bane to death :)

@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - you're gonna get nowhere despite how logical you are :)
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/27/2012, 7:25 AM
Bane died like a bitch lol. Yet if he had Venom tubes and Batman unplugged them, that would be so much more manly.
He got shot by a freakin canon that blows shit up and he still remained in one piece.
Darth258 - 10/27/2012, 7:27 AM
@Jollem: That wasn't exactly my point, if it was Catwoman, Alfred or the Penguin i don't care a bit, but the fact that Batman carries a gun shaped like a motorcicle does bother me.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/27/2012, 7:34 AM
Have you ever read the dark knight returns?

Darth258 - 10/27/2012, 7:38 AM
Oh, yes, i did. But does he say "I don't use guns" or "No guns" in that? I'll have a quick fact check...
I can understand an old post apocaliptic future Batman, or his rage at this point. But in the Nolan trilogy he used them since day one.
Jollem - 10/27/2012, 7:39 AM
@Darth258 - i always assumed the guns were for making doors and clearing objects out of the way and not so much for the people-killin'
Darth258 - 10/27/2012, 7:46 AM
Well.. so, he could carry a gun and shoot at thugs knees, that won't sure kill them. I can't stand the hypocrisy of saying "No guns" and using guns, just that.
Darth258 - 10/27/2012, 7:47 AM
@Jollem. And you assumed that using a picture where he fire cannons at two people, way to go..
HellsHammer - 10/27/2012, 7:49 AM
Your absolutely right, the guns are for clearing obstructions in his path. Prime example is in TDK when he busts through the glass doors if the shopping mall and also when he blasts te dumpster in the alley out of his way.
Jollem - 10/27/2012, 7:50 AM
@Darth258 - no. in the movies...
Darth258 - 10/27/2012, 7:51 AM
You should've used the one where he use a gun to shoot at the C4 and makes the ceiling fall on the SWAT team, it'd have made more sense. (Oh, yes, i read the Dark Knight Returns, have it here right now)
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