Dark Knight Rises Prologue & Recap

There is a lot of news coming out of Gotham city these days, even with the premiere more than 6 months away. Recently the prologue to The Dark Knight Rises was shown to journalists and bloggers, with reactions being mostly positive – which is impressive, considering director Christopher Nolan set the bar high, introducing Heath ledger in the bank robbery sequence that was used to promote The Dark Knight. Despite the superlatives (like jaw-dropping and mind-blowing), some did complain that the new bad-guy, Bane, was hard to understand. Bootlegs of the video are floating around the net but it is probably worth it to go and watch it on the big screen, you can see it as a preview to the new Mission: Impossible film. Here is a quick recap of the things that have come out over the passed weeks and months, thanks to interviews with Nolan and the media that has hounded the production team that has been everywhere from India to Scotland – did you know they have Gotham landmarks built in an old zeppelin hangar in the U.K.? Now you know. The story takes place eight years after the end of the last movie. Nolan tried to explain why, see if you can figure it out:

“But it’s not a great mystery — it’s the jumping-off point for the film — but it’s hard for me to articulate it. I think the mood at the beginning of the film will make a lot of sense. If I had to express it thematically, I think what we’re saying is that for Batman and Commissioner Gordon, there’s a big sacrifice, a big compromise, at the end of the ‘The Dark Knight’ and for that to mean something, that sacrifice has to work and Gotham has to get better in a sense. They have to achieve something for the ending of that film — and the feeling at the end of that film — to have validity. Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that’s the primary reason we did that. It’s a time period that is not so far ahead that we would have to do crazy makeup or anything — which I think would be distracting — but it gave them something to get their teeth into, particularly Christian in terms of [portraying] this guy who has been frozen in this moment in time with nowhere to go. He really has done an incredible job figuring out how to characterize that and express that.”

So that’s not exactly a synopsis in cleartext but it does provide insight into why Gordon was sick and in bed in the preview – and why Bale as Bruce Wayne looks a bit more haggard than any serious caped crimefighter should. We know from Liam Neeson, that his character makes an appearance in what we can expect is a flashback. We know that Christian Bale and Nolan won’t be doing another Batman film. In all it’s shaping up to be the epic end to a trilogy, there are many more details that have been released, regarding the appearance of certain actresses and what that might reveal about the plot, I’m purposefully avoiding them myself and I hate to speculate but judging by the poster and talk surrounding the film it seems unlikely that Bruce Wayne will carry on as the Caped Crusader, but that’s just speculation on my part.

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