THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Posts a New Synopsis

     July 2, 2012


With less than three weeks to go until Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises arrives in theaters, Warner Bros. has released a new synopsis.  There’s not much there we didn’t already know, but the previous synopsis was basically a list of all the awesome actors involved without any mention of a plot.  That oversight has now been remedied and it does put a little structure in place.  So if you’ve somehow missed the ongoing barrage of The Dark Knight Rises marketing, you’ll be all caught up by checking out the new synopsis.

The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman, opens July 20th.  Hit the jump for the new synopsis.

Check out the new complete synopsis below via the official website (I’ve bolded the recent addition).  You can find all of our recent The Dark Knight Rises coverage below:

the-dark-knight-rises-christian-bale-posterWarner 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.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

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  • Mark

    Didn’t need the time jump, basically means there is 8 years of no Batman, of him not refighting the Joker or facing other people like Crane, Penguin etc. Really shrinks down his career when he only basically was Batman for a year.

    • Caleb The Awesome

      Different universe. Different Batman. Where have you been the past 7 years?

      • Grego

        I agree with you Caleb, but I understand where Mark is coming from. My small problem with this lies with the fact that I don’t think Bruce would have hung it up so soon. Its an 8 year gap…why couldn’t he have hung up the cowl at some point in the middle of that gap, as Gordon’s initiative was really taking effect? I don’t think that’s very Bruce Wayne at all, who is used to be chased by the cops as part of the risk of doing his job. However, I am open to the likely possibility that he was actually injured at the end of The Dark Knight, and therefore couldn’t risk going back out into the night to deal with anything the police couldn’t. That would be the only truly logical reason why a man like Bruce would instantly hang it up, NEVER to be seen again, as opposed to picking his spots and showing up every now and then.

      • Joe

        I theorized before that the start of the movie is not TDKR but the ending of the previous film, TDK. It begins with Bats fleeing the scene headed back to the cave where he’s accosted by Bane – who severely injures him. TDK ends.

        TDKR starts 8 years later…

        I’m still holding on to this theory.

      • Alan

        “theorized before that the start of the movie is not TDKR but the ending of the previous film, TDK. It begins with Bats fleeing the scene headed back to the cave where he’s accosted by Bane – who severely injures him. TDK ends.”

        How could this even possibly be true? The film opens with Gordon giving a speech about Dent AFTER the death of Dent, then Nolan gives a LONG FADE to signify time passing, and then Bane is arrested. Hence, Bane’s appearance in Gotham would occur much later than the events of The Dark Knight Rises.

        “Didn’t need the time jump, basically means there is 8 years of no Batman”

        Someone didn’t understand the ending of ‘The Dark Knight’ or even the character of Batman. Bruce and Gordon make a tremendous sacrifice for their city, and – as a result – their efforts are rewarded with a healthier, less corrupt Gotham. If the new film was set a year later, then the point of ‘The Dark Knight’ ending would be moot, because the city would be so corrupt that it would be beyond saving. That’s the reason for the time-jump, to suggest that Gotham is worth saving, after all. Without it, Gotham would be an ugly, nihilistic world and Batman would be a brainless thug fighting ‘bad-guys’ with no concept of why he is fighting in the first place.

  • Destruct26

    ‘self-imposed exile…”
    That pretty much sums it up. As far as batman fighting the rouges gallery, we’ve seen so far:
    Joe Chill
    Carmine falcone
    Ubu/faux Ras al ghul
    Henri Ducard/Real Ras al ghul
    Victor Zsaz
    Harvey/Two face
    Sal Maroni
    Albert Rossi
    The Joker
    Possibly Talia Al ghul…..
    In 7 years we’ve seen more in these movies than the dreaded Burton/Schumacher Quadrilogy (I did like Burton’s first two) but yes, no matter what, these franchises are, like the comics, a different versions of canonical storylines put to the screen.
    Nolan just does it better and more realistically. Perhaps the next franchise will take elements from BOTH franchises- realism and grittiness vs an more supernaturally based rouges gallery/world. It can be done. Just have to do it right. Joel Schumacher stinks. Lmao

  • Brad

    People complain way too much…and usually about the dumbest things. Unless Nolan made 20 films he’d never be able to cover the whole comic universe…what Nolan has done is essentially the best thing you can do- cut it down into the perfect trilogy. I, for one, prefer the gritty approach over the fanciful comic book approach (Avengers was awesome, but I prefer Nolan’s intensity). What else are people complaining about? Batman’s raspy voice? Since the beginning Nolan has stated that he wanted it to be “over the top” as, in reality, it would be. Wayne is trying to mislead people, using his normal voice would lead to suspicion…plus, Nolan has stated that Wayne himself has serious mental issues and the Batman is his way of letting loose those demons. Bane’s size? Nolan’s Bane is like Bruce Lee- rip and intense….the truth is that some hulking mass wouldn’t stand a chance against a quick, agile fighter in real life, and Nolan has created Bane to fit that mold. Bruce Lee could kill any modern wrestler or MMA fighter in under a minute, size has nothing to do with it.

  • TheSGC

    Don’t worry peeps, believe in which ever continuity you want. We’re at what, now, Earth-34215 now?

  • Steve

    I guess the one thing this synopsis clarifies is that Batman doesn’t encounter Bane until “8 Years Later,” so whatever reason Bruce is walking around with a cane at the start of the movie, it isn’t from Bane breaking his back, though that still will almost certainly happen later in the movie.

    • Joe

      @Steve: this is just a theory but I think the synopsis is a red-herring, fooling one into believing that TDKR will start 8 years later, which is true but with a caveat.

      It’s written as:
      “It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night”.

      As I stated before, and in an earlier comment above, the beginning of TDKR is the end of TDK – Bats flees into the night, the last time anyone including Gordon sees him, headed back to the cave, battered and bruised, where he meets his interim end at the hands of Bane who is waiting for him. TDK ends there. Fade to black.

      Eight years later, TDKR begins…

      Gosh, if it pans out like this, I’m gonna crap my pants! Looking forward so bad…

      • Alan

        “As I stated before, and in an earlier comment above, the beginning of TDKR is the end of TDK – Bats flees into the night, the last time anyone including Gordon sees him, headed back to the cave, battered and bruised, where he meets his interim end at the hands of Bane who is waiting for him. TDK ends there. Fade to black.”

        Oh, for the love of … just watch the prologue: that’s the beginning. Why the hell would Nolan jump from the funeral (after the Dent fall), to later in the story (airplane), back to the events of the TDK (Batman fleeing), and then jump to 8 years later in the first ten frickin’ minutes. Please stop.

      • David

        Excellent theory Joe. I’ve thought for some time that the end of TDK and the start of Rises would be as one.

      • Joe

        Oh wow Alan. It’s just a theory mate. No need to get your panties in a bunch.

      • irfy

        “the beginning of TDKR is the end of TDK – Bats flees into the night, the last time anyone including Gordon sees him, headed back to the cave, battered and bruised, where he meets his interim end at the hands of Bane who is waiting for him. TDK ends there. Fade to black.”

        The batcave was not in use in TDK, Batman was operating out of the underground warehouse type place by a shipping yard

      • Joe

        Whoops! There goes my lame theory then! :P

  • The trial of 1000 years

    Nolan’s Batman doesn’t have to be very active. Like the TDK scene where the guy won’t do a drug deal because the Bat Signal is on. It relies on his “legend” status theme and doesn’t stretch credibility about Batman doing everything that needs to be done single-handedly.

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  • Trevor

    This movie is going to be sick. If you get a chance, vote for my Dark Knight Rises/ Chrysler 300 commercial voting ends tonight! Thanks dudes.

  • t

    So goddamn excited for this

  • Matt

    keep in mind, the dark knight starts 3 years after batman begins. i’m sure he was handling business then too

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  • Allen

    Clues in the Dark Knight Rises pointing to a future Robin movie and who the enemy will be:

    I think that Warner Bros. is going to milk the Batman franchise by trying to re-vamp the Robin character.

    Officer Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is obviously tagged as “Robin” in the final few minutes of the Dark Knight Rises. Clue 1 is when he talks to Bruce Wayne about the similarities of their pasts childhoods. Clue 2 is when we he shoots the cement truck driver, kills him, and throws the gun aside in shame (a very Batman like quality witch is emphasised earlier when Batman and Catwoman fight a gang of Bane’s henchmen). Clue 3 is the relationship development between Commisioner Gordon and Officer Blake throughout the movie, and Gordon’s statement to Officer Blake “You’re a detective now.” Clue 4 is when Officer Blake tells Commissioner Gordon why he is leaving the Gotham Police Force (the ‘structure’). Clue 5 is the fact that he was called a ‘hot-head’ several times by the police force, which some-what is a trait of the Robin character. Clue 6 is when Officer Blake ‘discovers’ the Batcave at the end of the movie [he is actually given coordinates]. Clue 7 is when we find out at the end of the movie that Bruce Wayne feigned his own death in order to escape being Batman himself, and to give the City of Gotham what it needed, a symbol (which was the intended in The Dark Knight when Batman takes responsibility for the death of Harvey Dent). It would make sense for Bruce Wayne and Sylena Kyle (catwoman) to both escape their alter-egos together via the “clean slate” program which she was after all along. I believe that “Robin” was given the coordinates to the Batcave by Bruce Wayne at some point prior to “Batman” feigning his death.

    When Commissioner Gordon is taken hostage in the sewers [or sometime just prior to] there is mention of a “large crocidile” or “large allagator” in the sewer. At first, I thought this was just a stupid attempt at humor, but then it hit me – Killer Croc!!! In the comics, I believe that Killer Croc spent the majority of his time in the sewers. Officer Blake, during his investigation of Dagget’s Cement Company, acquires several maps of Gotham’s sewer system. He also talks with a brother of a former orphan friend that speaks to him about how most of the kids go into the sewer after the turn 16 since the orphanage won’t care for them anymore. The head of the orphanage, to me, seemed to come off like a character who is ‘hideing something.’ On the surface, he seems like a good guy, but there is this “I have a dark secret” sense I get from that specific character. Like during the scene on the bridge when he ‘argues’ with Officer Blake (Robin). Perhaps Killer Croc was an orphan, given up by his parents due to a physical deformity, and something happened that caused him to retreat to the sewers like the other kids? Who knows? It would be awesom to see Killer Croc though!!!

    Robin, I don’t think, would go it alone. I’m sure Batman will be in the movie, but only in an ‘of counsel’ sort of way – a ‘guide’ for Robin, or a ‘tutor’ so to speak. Kind of like in the “Batman Beyond” series. Although, audiences would love to see the two hack it out with some nemesis.

    So, what do you think? Will there be a Robin Franchise spin off to the Batman Movies???

  • Allen

    Will there be a Robin Movie spin off to Dark Knight Rises, and who will the enemy be?
    I’m pretty positive this is the set up.
    1. Officer Blake’s discussion with Bruce Wayne regarding the similarities of their childhoods, and the events that led them to their current status (“Batman” and “Police Officer).
    2. Officer Blake being called a “hot-head” several times by police officers. “Hot-head” was a term used of Robin.
    3. The relationship that is developed between Officer Blake and Commissioner Gordon throughout the movie.
    4. Commissioner Gordon’s statement to Officer Blake (“You’re a detective now”). “Detective” is a term used by Raz Al Gul for Batman in the first movie (Batman Begins).
    5. Officer Blake’s second discussion with Bruce Wayne – Wayne tells him why he wears the mask, and about the emphasis of the symbology of Batman.
    6. Officer Blake shooting the Cement Truck Driver, accidently killing him, and throwing away the gun. This is a distinctive “Batman quality,” which is re-inforced when Batman and Catwoman are fighting Bane’s henchmen on the roof. Batman says to Catwoman “no guns, no killing.”
    7. Officer Blake directly being called “Robin” (his real name) by the receptionist at the orphanage when he goes to collect his property.
    8. Officer Blake being given the coordinates to the Batcave (presumably by Bruce Wayne who feigned his own death to escape being Batman anymore – the ‘passing of the torch’ moment.
    9. Officer Blake actually entering the Batcave – the ‘official’ passing of the torch moment.
    The Enemy, Killer Croc:
    1. During the time when Commissioner Gordon is taken captive by Bane in the sewers, there is an off the cuff mention of a “large alligator” or “crocodile” in the sewers made by one of the officers. I thought this was just a dull attempt at humor, but the line seems like it was pointless and unneeded. Something that I don’t think Christopher Nolan would have found necessary to have in the dialogue, unless there was a reason for it. Like a little hint or teaser for something.
    2. Officer Blake, during his investigation of Dagget’s Construction Company, attains maps of the Gotham sewer system. In the comics, Killer Croc lived in the sewers.
    3. Officer Blake has a discussion with the younger brother of an orphan he knew from his youth. The boy tells him that when kids turn 16, and the orphanage can no longer care for them, they go live in the sewers.
    4. The head of the orphanage gives me a strange sense of “I’ve got a dark secret.” He comes across like a good guy, but I’ll bet dollar to donuts that he is in some way responsible for Killer Croc. Perhaps Killer Croc was an orphan that ended up in the sewers because of this guy. Who knows? I don’t know what the guys name is that played the head of the orphanage, but I think he’s rather well known (despite my not knowing his name :)), and would seem to be someone that would play a semi-vital role in any other movie.
    Batman didn’t die in the Dark Knight Rises. He faked his death so to escape his alter-ego, thus being able to move on with his life. He also feigned the death of his true identity, Bruce Wayne, in order to escape Gotham completely. His fortune was gone, the ‘reason’ for being Bruce Wayne. Also, the symbol needed for Gotham, the ‘reason’ for being Batman, was now complete by the ‘sacrifice’ of Batman for the city – which was what he said was needed, not a hero.
    Selena Kyle’s purpose in the movie was to collect the “clean-slate” program. This is a program that can erase a person’s record completely so that they could not be found in any databases. She wanted it so to escape having to be a thief any longer. Her and Bruce Wayne both had the same goal, so it makes sense that they end up with each other at the end of the movie. Having Alfred see them together puts to rest his ambition for Bruce to move on with life as well. So . . . All is good in the end. Yay!!! :)
    So, is batman completely done? No, I don’t think so. I’m sure that Warner Bros. would have Batman act as something of an ‘of counsel’ or ‘tutor’ for Robin. Maybe not directly, but in a “Batman Beyond” sort of way. Although, I’m sure Warner Bros. knows that audiences would chomp at the bit so see both characters duke it out with some nemesis at some point.