The Dark Knight Trilogy is hailed by many as the very best series in all of superhero cinema. It set box office records and received a level of critical acclaim never before experienced in the genre. In the process, a very passionate and very devoted fanbase was formed. The final film in the series, The Dark Knight Rises, has become a point of contention, though. Overall, most fans seem pleased with Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion, but there are other very vocal fans crying foul.
By no means is The Dark Knight Rises perfect, as no film is. There are, however, some criticisms of the film that are not based on an accurate interpretation of how the story unfolds. There are additional criticisms levied against The Dark Knight Rises for ideas and themes that are actually quite consistent with the previous two films in the trilogy. Essentially, The Dark Knight Rises is paying for perceived sins that Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were apparently excused from.
This article examines ten of the most frequent criticisms of The Dark Knight Rises and evaluates their merit.
10. Alfred Would NEVAH Give Up on Bruce
After trying his best to talk Bruce Wayne out of becoming Batman again, Alfred took a drastic step. He stood his ground and told Bruce that he would no longer assist his adoptive son’s efforts as Batman. Worse yet, Alfred was leaving Wayne Manor indefinitely.
Some have said this scene was a cheap way of removing Alfred from the equation during Bane’s eventual takeover of Gotham and preserving his role at the end of the film. The reasoning behind this evaluation is that the scene is in stark contrast to Batman Begins in which Alfred repeatedly said he would “Nevah” give up on Bruce. That contrast only exists, though, depending on one’s definition of giving up.
There is a strong difference between giving up and employing dramatic measures to save a life. Alfred did not give up on Bruce; he simply refused to be an enabler in Bruce’s Batman addiction. Alfred was convinced that Bruce was using Batman as a means of self-destruction and chose not to be a participant.
Giving up would have been Alfred ignoring the destructive pattern he was seeing and idly standing by while Bruce went down a destructive path. Alfred could have given up on helping Bruce see the need to move on. He could have just continued running errands for Batman waiting for a tragic inevitability. Instead, he took a stand.
Alfred was willing to do anything to help Bruce, even leave him in an attempt to prevent the latter from committing suicide-by-Batman.
This article was first posted on April 22, 2013