'The Dark Knight Rises' Synopsis

Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' The Dark Knight Rises is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

Comments (287)

  1. DarkDefender

    Batman never crosses the line... He won't kill anyone in the movie... and Bruce won't be exposed eather. I think the end will be open, Batman will stay as a guardian after defeating his enemies. Maybe simple, but I don't think that Nolan will kill him or make him give up. It wouldn't be anything like Batman.

    4 years agoby @darkdefenderFlag

  2. slysnide

    Oh okay, so it'd be like Elliot would also be around as regular Thomas Elliot to Bruce instead of solely being portrayed as Hush. Establishes the character and legitamizes his presence again. And allows more scenes of them together to establish motive, which is tricky. For if they go with the same version from the comics, then that'd be fleshed out through detective work.

    In the meantime, Elliot would be some friend for Bruce to fall back on while Batman secretly investigates the Riddler and his motives. For in doing so, he'd find out about Riddler's true employer: Hush. And in so doing, the relationship with Thomas Elliot could falter.

    Still kinda tricky however, since someone as intelligent as Elliot could get away with murder without relying on a persona, such that if he's back in Bruce's life, it wouldn't be hard to get away from the public eye so that he could just kill him and leave. Who knows. If they go with Hush, it'll be very intriguing. And then there's the new girl they probably wrote in the story. Perhaps Viki Vale, for as a reporter, she could constitute knowledge about Bruce/Elliot's past.

    I myselft would want Riddler in it a bit more than just the first two acts. As in this scenario, it'd be as follows:

    Act1: Riddler draws Batman out via his secret employer Hush whilst Bruce can't resist given his addiction to being Batman. Meanwhile, an injury prompts Elliot to re-enter Bruce's life as a friend.

    Act2: Batman discovers Riddler's motives aren't concrete, and does away with him, thus any attempt of Riddler exposing the Harvey Dent conspiracy would be silenced. Batman would then begin to investigate Riddler's employer Hush.

    Act3: Hush attacks Gordon, Fox, Alfred, or all, maybe some. Such personal attacks force Batman to blatantly cross the line and kill Hush, but not before he'd have killed some of those three, or done something to expose the truth anyway having found out Bruce is Batman, and that he truly is more of Batman than Bruce Wayne. Thus exposing the conspiracy would be a greater defeat for Bruce. Thus Batman's reputation would be restored, Harvey's destroyed, and Bruce possibly turning himself in to swing the story his way.

    A possible secret finale could include the return of Riddler, for as a narcissist, he'd be longing for credit and being the center of attention, thus hating that he'd been used by Hush, despising that he couldn't score revenge on him given his death, thus leaving Riddler to confront Bruce before he can resolve Hush's misdeeds. As for the ending to that conflict...?

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  3. ejk1

    Yeah, from what I remember about Batman:Hush, Bruce needed to have surgery after fracturing his skull, when his rope is cut while swinging through the air chasing Catwoman. Elliot is then called in from Philadelphia, where he is a famous surgeon, to operate on Bruce. Later, we find out that it was Elliot that shot through the rope. My aim was to show that, in order to get back into Bruce's life without drawing susp*cion, Elliot needed an excuse. He knew that if Bruce was hurt enough, he would call his famous surgeon friend for assistance. I can't see Bruce Wayne getting a fractured skull, but Batman is an easy target.

    I know it may rely on backstory,but they could limit it to about fifteen minutes, most of that coming in the opening sequences. I'm more concerned about the story being repetitive.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. slysnide

    Perhaps. Still a bit fishy as it treads that region nobody wants, which is a story that relies too much on backstory. However, given Batman's original incarnation as a sleuth/detective, then it could make a great detective story if the film is fashioned as such.

    I remembered that part of the origin story you just wrote, but when you wrote this: "If Batman is retired, he won't get hurt, and Dr. Thomas Elliot won't be able to save Bruce Wayne's life. What they could do is show Batman getting hurt early, Elliot arriving to perform surgery on Bruce, and then go from there." What were you aiming at? How does Bruce being saved by Dr. Elliot coincide with Hush's origins? I get the motive portion. And if it were the same, then what's the need for Dr. Elliot to save Bruce's life? Was this all flushed out in the "Batman: Hush" graphic novel? I've yet to pick it up. I'm currently searching for my misplaced copy of "TDKR" having just read "Year One."

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  5. ejk1

    Hush wouldn't need to figure out Bruce and Batman are the same person. He has been following Bruce Wayne's entire life. Let's face it- it won't be hard to figure out that Bruce is Batman once you realize that the appearance of Batman coincided with the reemerging of Bruce Wayne in Gotham. The surgery does not lead to the irrational hatred, it is an incident that occurred during their childhood. Tommy cut the brakes of his parents car, hoping to kill them and become a wealthy orphan. Only his father died, as Dr. Thomas Wayne was able to save Mrs. Elliot. Tommy then becomes jealous after Bruce's parents are murdered, as Bruce now, in Tommy's eyes, has everything, while poor little Tommy is stuck with an invalid mother.

    They could utilize Hush in the origin way, or alter the story slightly. Perhaps he was friends with Bruce at Princeton, and Tommy became obsessed/jealous of his "friend?"

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. slysnide

    I like that. Question is, how close to Hush's origins would the Nolans stick? In any scenario, there'll inevitably be that 'skeleton in the closet' thing, though hopefully to a minimal degree.

    And then, with Riddler implicating that trio in conspiracy, are you suggesting that Hush would attack Gordon as well to provoke Batman? For Hush still has to find out somehow that Bruce & Batman are one and the same.

    But if we go with the non-retirement scenario, and Bruce gets a life saving surgery from Thomas Elliot, then how does that translate to hatred for Bruce? For if this were a flashback on childhood in concordance with the true origin of Hush, than that would work, but we both somewhat agree that'd be a little outta left field. I'm actually trying to recall the actual telling of the story. Remind me, how does this surgery incident lead to the irrational hatred of Bruce Wayne?

    Riddler would work as a side antagonist, kinda like Scarecrow, except he'd start out appearing as the lead villian, and it'd change from there to Hush. I figure the personality would be similar if not identical to his role in "The Long Halloween" & "Dark Victory." Only finding a decent way to end that storyline without making it seem like a non-event (given he'd be a pawn so to speak) could be difficult.

    Then again, I could still see that story ending, then a climax with Hush, and then a surprise reappearance by Riddler at film's end to play out his game. Or his aim in the game. For I'm not so sure that Nolan would chuck such an iconic villain aside for a revenge story. It could still work either way though. A surprise ending is implied anyway, as Nolan mentioned that he'd be concluding the story, as well as each character's journey such that there wouldn't be a fourth film.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  7. ejk1

    Okay, first off, this was a lot to digest. Sly, you really think thought this out well. I agree that Hush's connection to Bruce must be profound, not some cheap "oh by the way, do you remember some little kid..." type of thing. In the first ten-fifteen minutes, a flashback could be utilized to demonstrate a previous friendship. The appearance of Hush cannot be random.

    As for the singling out of Freeze, I suspect that it has to do with the disgraceful way Joel Schumacher handled the character. Batman and Robin is still a sore point, and Freeze was a huge part of that embarrassment. Ivy doesn't get that same notoriety because she did have nearly as many corny lines.

    As for your angle on the Riddler, it's good, but it kind of conflicts with the possible arrival of Hush. If Batman is retired, he won't get hurt, and Dr. Thomas Elliot won't be able to save Bruce Wayne's life. What they could do is show Batman getting hurt early, Elliot arriving to perform surgery on Bruce, and then go from there. Batman retires, Riddler tries to flush him out, using info from a source(who is named Hush) to implicate Gordon, Ramirez, and Dent in scandal. Bruce has to come out of retirement to find the persons trying to smoke him out, and then the attacks from Hush begin. That could be one way to combine them. It seems similar to the comic Hush, without all the other villains.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. slysnide

    I think Hush can work too. Just being careful not to make him similar to Sandman who had a cheap personal connection with Peter Parker. If Nolan can avoid that, and make his entrance legit and not some random skeleton from his closet kinda thing, then Hush can work. And I'd love to see him, as his quarrel is with Bruce Wayne, and not Batman.

    Riddler on the other hand would get his answers from Reese & Ramirez in his own way. Not necessarily violent, or perhaps in those two cases, then yes. But he's notable for committing mostly non-violent crimes. Riddler also wouldn't be one to desire Batman's identity out in the open as Joker did. Riddler would just like that bit of data for himself. For to me, I don't get what the big deal would be of Riddler knowing who Batman is. Yes, it would morally conflict as he'd have to kill Riddler to keep him quiet, even though that's not his way. (however, he was ready to turn himself in at the news conference). After all, Ra'as Al Ghul knew who he was, and his arrivial and burning of Wayne Manor wasn't too shocking, so really, what can you do with that? I'd like to see a Riddler who was genuinely curious as to what happened at the end of "TDK" given Batman's newfound villainy.

    To draw him out? Hmm, perhaps some non-violent crimes with riddles which imply that he suspects, and/or knows of the conspiracy. And when these riddles in association with these crimes hit the news, only Batman & Gordon would know what they allude to, thus prompting Batman to come out of retirement. Nolan was apparently scouting in New Orleans, so perhaps the film will take place in the remote outskirts of Gotham? Point being that he'd feel safer out of the city's inner districts where the two other films mostly took place.

    And what was the deal with specifically singling out Mr. Freeze as not being a villain in the film? Why not rule out all the overly campy villains like Poison Ivy, Man-Bat, or Bane? Why just Freeze? I read someplace that his true self, Dr. Fries will be Crane's replacement at Arkham, and that he'd appear as Fries alone, but not Freeze, nor any allusions to that alias.

    Hush on the other hand got his name from Crane in Arkham. So instead he may get the name from Fries? Be let out of Arkham in accordance with some procedure. And Riddler as an amatuer detective hunting through Wayne's past (given from Reese he could at the very least discover that Wayne Enterprises supplies him) would find some connection with Hush and Bruce Wayne, thus prompting him to seek out Hush, or perhaps even secure his release to see if Hush's actions against Bruce procure any clues as to whether Batman and Bruce are the same person, and whether Batman has truly crossed the line from hero to vigilante. Thus making the conspiracy more probable. A fun game of riddles for Riddler. If he doesn't like Dent as hinted, his true intent would be to get the truth out, and discovering Batman's secrets would just be a means to that end.

    {oops, I meant Gordon bribed Ramirez's silence in exchange not to arrest her}

    What d'ya think?

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  9. ejk1

    @Sly, it's not what I want to see, but it is a legitimate idea. I like that you are not making Reese the role of Riddler(Mr. Reese=Mysteries. I think that's a red herring). The only problem I have is the whole cerebral over physical aspect. I agree with the sentiment, but the question is how then does Riddler bring Bats out of retirement? If they make Riddler go the big elaborate crimes that Joker did, then it may feel to familiar, and therefore, repetitive. That is something Nolan has to be wary of, as repetition is the main reason for Spider-Man 3's downfall. If you can think of a way to avoid that, then I may get on board the Riddler bandwagon, but for now, I'm holding out hope for Hush.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. slysnide

    It's possible that Harvey Dent's martyrdom has already prompted Batman to retire, and that a narcissist like Riddler would be the perfect guy to draw him back out on the prowl. Trying to solve the riddle of why Batman suddenly went from hero to vigilante, and outright villain for killing the believed innocent DA would be a dead giveaway plotline for the film, & agenda for Riddler.

    Coleman Reese may return, as well as Ramirez whom Two-Face didn't kill. Perfect targets for Riddler to pursue, and perhpahs as an amatuer detective, Riddler may be aware of various moles in the department by monitoring happenings on both sides of the law. IE-he could figure out who Ramirez is. I can imagine that Gordon bribed her not to talk in exchange for not blabbing about Dent's villainy.

    And given that his showdowns with Batman are more cerebral than physical, it would provide an intriguing approach to a villain. And with the promo news stories of Dent being untrustworthy (Nashton's editorial in the Gotham Times), as written by Riddler, then these can serve as his motives to unmask Batman, and solve the conspiracy.

    Anybody think that's a legit idea?

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  11. Steve Dunn

    cant beleive that have to wait till 2012 to see the next installment for batman

    4 years agoby @steve-dunnFlag

  12. DarkDefender

    Check imdb, maybe the Riddler will be played by DiCaprio... after Inception,and the co-work with Nolan it actually makes sense... And think about it... DiCaprio would be great as the Riddler! What do you think?

    4 years agoby @darkdefenderFlag

  13. ParkWilliams

    I still like the idea of some catalyst causing Batman to retire, followed by a 10 year hiatus from film, and then a Dark Knight trilogy (based on the Frank Miller graphic novel miniseries) to end it all. Maybe even work the "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader" type idea in somehow. That would at the very least be crazy interesting.

    4 years agoby @azadorFlag

  14. MaterTua Lee-loyer

    they will never kill batman....i should know im robin

    4 years agoby @matertua-lee-loyerFlag

  15. Khaotic

    nolan cant kill batman till baman year 100 these movies are based on frank millers complete graphic novel of batman which ends with a fight to the death between batman and superman they each kill eachother off and live their lives as bruce and clark so batman wont die

    5 years agoby @khaoticFlag

  16. 2PN-SLV

    can't!!!!! Wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 years agoby @2pn-slvFlag

  17. Ensigndesign

    He wants this to be last in the series for Batman. I wonder what that means. If nolan kills batman I will be pissed.

    5 years agoby @ensigndesignFlag

  18. Khaotic

    well we still have a year until we see any progress is made on the cast let alone if nolan wlll return lets jsut cross our fingers for depp and nolan. any truth to the rumor of hellena boheim carter playing poison ivy??

    5 years agoby @khaoticFlag

  19. Sean

    I heard about that too, But it might not be true anyways=(. I think they're looking to cast someone else as the riddler dispite what that rumor about Johnny Depp cast as the riddler says, oh well =/.

    5 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  20. DoubleR0522

    CAN'T NOT WAIT 2 C IT !!!!!

    5 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  21. TheNewDrug89

    Omfg this movie is going to be so epic.

    5 years agoby @thenewdrug89Flag

  22. Khaotic

    last i heard on my end Johnny Depp was in talks to be the riddler

    5 years agoby @khaoticFlag

  23. Khaotic

    Michael c hall can not be the riddler because these movies are actually accurate and Michael played a news anchor in the last one remember the Nolan brothers wouldn't do that

    5 years agoby @khaoticFlag

  24. Emmytt

    cant wait for this

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  25. Brian

    Michael C. Hall is great in anything!

    5 years agoby @brianFlag

  26. Bilal888

    best movie of all time batman

    5 years agoby @bilal888Flag

  27. RAD

    Anybody else want to see Michael C. Hall as the riddler, even as Mr. Freeze

    5 years agoby @radFlag

  28. Bilal888

    the best movie of all time batman

    5 years agoby @bilal888Flag

  29. Shogun BlizZzard

    Moviefreak you read my mind, thats exactly what I said minus hush, which is actually a good idea, read my dark knight review, to see what I said, no need for a comment, just what you to see my idea, its at the end of my review

    5 years agoby @omegablizzzardFlag

  30. moviefreakforever

    what they should do in this movie is add hush in it and johnny depp as the riddler but if they don't put the riddler in then they can put seymour hoffman as the penguin it could be a good ideaand and a jail scene with joker and harley and then joker telling getting harley to join him like in the ep. of The Batman and then they take joker back to the cell and the officer brings hush in the cell and after they are done talking harley sneeks them out but first tricking the guards and getting the keysat the end of the movie that would be great

    5 years agoby @moviefreakforeverFlag

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