So here we are. At long last the third coming of the Bale-Bat is upon us and we can finally decide for ourselves whether Nolan and company have given Batman the finale he deserves, or merely the film that Warner Brothers needs right now.
I don’t envy Christopher Nolan the weight of expectations placed on The Dark Knight Rises. Where do you take Batman after successfully realizing perhaps the most iconic iteration of Batman’s arch-nemesis… ever? How do you match, let alone surpass yourself with every audience member suddenly a critic out to judge not just whether the movie is good in and of itself, but if it’s good enough to follow on the heels of one of the most highly acclaimed, culturally impactful, and dearly beloved films of all time?