The Dark Knight Rises is the final part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga. Known for his dark approach to the iconic superhero and intricate storylines, Nolan’s Batman universe rose as the golden standard for the superhero movie. After the record-breaking success of The Dark Knight, the sequel quickly found itself in the dreaded and often-cursed position of trilogy-ender. However, fans remained confident and practically threw their faith in Nolan’s inability to produce a below average movie.
The Dark Knight Rises was purely epic. It wasn’t without its flaws, but the final product was clear in its darkness. The inter-weaving storylines and twisted characters left little to be desired as every ounce of Nolan was worked into their being. With almost three hours worth of film, the sense of controlled chaos that Nolan is known for crept itself to a shattering climax – or five. With so many pivotal moments, to name only five is to do Rises a disservice, but looking into the themes of the movie, here are the five scenes that made it.
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5. Bane’s Attack On The Airplane
The introduction of the key villain is arguably the most important aspect of a film as it sets the tone by revealing the sense of conflict the protagonist will resolve – or in some cases, fail to resolve. The construction of this scene usually involves a successful ploy that gives insight on the villain’s often psychotic intentions with terror being the source and outcome from this perceived opposition. Bane’s introduction was no different and was beautifully crafted in the smallest of details.
The second Bane spoke, the entire feel of the movie shifted into fear. The echoing voice and the sheer theatricality immediately set Bane to be the worst kind of villain – a clever one who was not bent on revenge, but intention. The audience knew Bane was set up to succeed, but how it would play out made the introduction all the more effective.
Once his cover was revealed, he controlled the scene. He was the scene and he was real. His plan, his fury, and his chaos spread throughout the tiny plane cabin instilling pure fear and claustrophobia. To end it all, Bane told – not commanded – his lackey to stay behind on the ill-fated plane. When his lackey smiled back with blind faith, terror took its place.