‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – A Quickie Character Run Down!

by on July 12, 2012

in Entertainment

'The Dark Knight Rises' movie mini logo

Every day there are new clips and trailers for The Dark Knight Rises coming out, and with the movie opening in theaters in mid-July, the studio is doing a tremendous job in building the anticipation of the fans.

Is it working?  I’m thinking that The Dark Knight Rises has a core set of fans that are indeed, getting pretty excited to see what filmmaker Christopher Nolan has done for his third and last chapter in his Batman world.

The Dark Knight Rises Bane Sewer promo art

Nolan has done an awesome job legitimizing the Batman franchise or the character of Batman.  Considering how it felt when it was butchered by Tim Burton.  Don’t get me wrong, Burton put out what he always does… something unique with his signature all over it.  In the end, he delivered acceptable beat-downs of the bad guys.  But the middle story of his films came out with a quirkiness that was not what this DC comics franchise was about.  At least not for the core fans, or at least for myself.  It was rather trying as he tackled the campiness of the 60’s TV series.

The first Burton film had to go whacky dark since The Joker was involved.  But after that the tone of the sequels was dissatisfying to this fan, despite the all-star casts.  At least they looked like they were having fun making the movie.

But Nolan leaned on some great source material and made Bruce Wayne a valid and human character we can relate to.  We’ve seen a new depth of style and reality that shows Bruce Wayne’s circle of friends that we’ve never seen before.  They were all human, not characterizations from some form of quirky humor.

This is, as he’s repeated, his last chapter on Batman.  He may get behind the production of other genre movies, but he’s said time and time again, this is his last directorial gig with the franchise.

Be it as it may, this latest movie, Rises, takes place eight years after the events from The Dark Knight, where Batman took the fall for Harvey Dent.  He took the fall to protect Dent’s hard work up to that point when he snapped and became Two Face.

The Dark Knight Rises - Bale as Bruce Wayne aka BatmanBut now, in The Dark Knight Rises, a new kind of criminal rises up with a motivation beyond what the Gotham City police department have had to deal with over the last eight years.  His name is Bane, played by Tom Hardy, and Bane manages to overwhelm Gotham’s finest.

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) sees this and he steps up to the bat-plate, so to speak, and dons the cowl once again to deal with this new threat to the citizens of Gotham City.  Despite the fact that the city sees him as an enemy.

Tom Hardy as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises' DKRTom Hardy plays Bane and this is a slightly new take on the Bane that comic franchise fans know.  Rather than the injection drug apparatus making him huge and strong, Nolan’s real-world spin on the character involves a drug delivery system that keeps Bane on the edge of intolerable pain… pain that would otherwise cripple him if he did not inject the drugs.

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'Of course, from the trailer we know we also have a new character in the mix, in the form of Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.  Played by Anne Hathaway, a newcomer to the Nolan world of Batman, I’m not sure where she fits in.  But it seems from the various trailers, she could be pesky fun, or a true bit of assistance to the Dark Knight.

Of course, there’s more than one issue at stake here besides Bane.  I’m not sure how much of a role the characters have, but we’ve not seen them in trailers yet.  That being Ra’s Al Ghul (Liam Neeson), which will probably be a quickie flashback.  Then there will be young Ra’s Al Ghul (Josh Pence), and a young Talia Al Ghul (Joey King).

Though there’s no mention of an older Talia, rumors on the street once conjectured that French actress Marion Cotillard would be playing Talia.  But her screen credit shows her as Miranda Tate.  Tate is a Wayne Enterprises board member in the movie, but seriously, when has Cottilard played a small part?  We’ll see how things pan out for her character. Maybe this board member is just a disguise assumed by Talia.  Now THAT would make sense!

Of course, we have other favorite stand-by actors of Nolan’s, like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays John Blake.  John Blake has no real history in the comic franchise except for a few encounters with The Joker as a child.  But considering the actor playing him, I can’t imagine he has a small role.  Or this character, being a clean slate, is something for Nolan to work with and creatively expound on.

And Juno Temple plays a character named Holly Robinson.  This character comes from Frank Miller‘s Year One Batman comic title, and her history in the title was that of a partner to Catwoman.  She later reappears in a Catwoman title, and later dons the cat’s cowl.

wikipedia: Holly_Robinson

Of course, there’s this mystery role that Stargate‘s Christopher Judge is playing.

He’s been as ‘mum’ as can be about it, except that I’ve seen bits and pieces of info.  For instance…  he got injured filming a scene for the movie and received a black and bloody eye on the set.  He also trained for a week for a short fight scene with Gordon-Levitt.  That would put Judge’s character on the wrong side of the law?

He also indicated that it was his biggest role, to date!  I think he’s playing a bad guy.  Yea, I know, that’s not much, but he won’t give it up.  I hope it’s something that Stargate fans will enjoy!

Then there is the CIA agent played by Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones).  Or Dep Comm. Foley, played by Matthew Modine.  I only wonder about these characters because of who is playing them.

Other than that… we have the usual cast of returning actors from the previous Dark Knight movies:

Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon.  Is this guy not incredible in the huge diversity of characters he plays?;

Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.  Always a solid, likable and wise character in most of his roles.;

Michael Caine as Alfred.  Again a solid, timeless actor.;

What an incredible cast.

Keep your eye out for a blonde maid.  If you have a sharp mind’s eye and the blonde maid looks vaguely familiar, as if you’ve seen her somewhere else before, you might remember her from a scene as a flight attendant in Inception.  That’s Miranda Nolan, who is the  first cousin of Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan.

This is a Trailer for The Dark Knight Rises

There are so many clips and trailers out there, its nuts.

The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters on July 20th.  That means a few things.  This is Nolan’s last swing at directing Batman.  This is Bale’s last time a donning the cowl.  This movie culminates Nolan’s vision of Batman and WB can then movie forward with their own reboot somewhere down the road. (That should be an interesting pickle to balance out if it’s within the next couple of years)  And it also means that this massive marketing campaign will finally come to a close.

It’s been a fun ride to see someone, (Christopher Nolan) deliver a legitimate take on Batman rather than some of the eye-liner colored crap that’s preceded this trilogy.  And it sends a message that when done right, when cast well and when taken seriously, a superhero genre movie can hold its own in the market of the movie theater.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did putting it together!  See ya at the movies!

Anne Hathaway plays Selina Kyle aka Catwoman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Tom Hardy plays Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

'The Dark Knight Rises' character rundown

The man and his mask:

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne aka Batman

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