30 Days of Batman Finale: What to expect from The Dark Knight Rises (Spoiler Free!)

Well everyone, like all good things, Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga is coming to an end. Starting midnight tonight, folks will be getting their last shot at seeing Nolan’s vision of the Caped Crusader. Since The Dark Knight Rises has been shrouded in an invisibility cloak secrecy, it’s hard to know exactly where the story will take us. Having taken all measure to avoid any spoilers and reviews, this article is based on the trends of Nolan’s previous films in the Batman saga and how they might apply to The Dark Knight Rises. So, here are, in my humble opinion, the top 5 things you can expect from The Dark Knight Rises.

1. A good movie. While some (including myself) have quibbles with many of Nolan’s directing choices and screenwriting decisions, the films he makes are undeniably good. I haven’t seen the film yet but my esteemed colleagues have given it 4, 3 1/2, and 4 stars , meaning that this film will most likely deliver on the premise of being a good film and a good time at the movies. Of course, there are those critics who haven’t given it as much glowing praise as others, but it still sits at an 80 on Metacritic and 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.

2. Great villains. Nolan’s previous two films have contained some of the best portraits of comic book villains. Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul and the Joker were each given fantastic motivations and the actors given great material to chew on. Will Bane and (if she’s a villain) Catwoman fit into the narrative as well as those other villains did? It remains to be seen, but there’s a good chance Hardy and Hathaway will be great in their respective roles.

3. Beautiful cinematography. Wally Pfister’s work on this series has been nothing short of phenomenal. Considering he’s had to shoot 3 different Gotham City locations, work on the 35 mm and the IMAX 70mm prints AND work exclusively with film, he’s more than deserved the two previous Oscar nominations for his contributions. The Dark Knight Rises is said to have about an hour of exclusively IMAX sequences which should be a joy to behold.

4. Good debates. We’ve already seen this happening with this whole Rotten Tomatoes comment kerfuffle and Rush Limbaugh’s ridiculous diatribe about Bane. Nolan films rarely, if ever, escape debate regarding their quality, subject matter, and overarching themes. Will there be more political motivations? What about the societal issues he wants to tell us about? Will he be preachy like the last 20 mins of The Dark Knight or go for a more subtle approach? Nolan has been great at engendering discussions about his films and this one will definitely be a hot topic for a while.

5. Some finality. I’m very hesitant to speculate on any plot points that we might see because I feel that can only set us up for disappointment when/if the story doesn’t meet expectations. I will say however that I am fully expecting Nolan to go all out, for better or worse, and that he will give his Batman trilogy the best big finale send off  one could hope for. Whether that means character’s we’ve known won’t make it out alive or new characters pop up I have no idea, but Nolan will definitely wrap up the narrative with a definitive end.