The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is released on DVD on 3rd December 2012. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film stars Christian Bale as Batman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Tom Hardy as  Bane, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as police officer John Blake and Michael Caine as faithful butler Alfred. The film starts eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, when Batman (Christian Bale) vanished into the night, Assuming the blame for the death of DA Harvey Dent (who went insane after an unfortunate accident and became the villainous Two-Face).

Since stopping Two-Face, Wayne has been living a self-imposed Howard Hughes-like existence in his Manor. Luckily Criminal activity in Gotham City is at an all-time low having been crushed under the weight of the the draconian anti-crime Dent Act, which was passed in the wake of the Joker’s crime spree, the city’s streets have been cleaned up, and the need for a costumed crime fighter is no longer the priority it once was. However everything changes with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar named Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) who manages to infiltrate Wayne Manor and swipes a priceless necklace and once again  Bruce finds himself spurred back into action as the Caped Crusader.

However things go from bad to worse when a really dangerous and rather large masked, terrorist, named Bane (Tom Hardy) manages to escape from a prison in central Asia and later turns  up in Gotham  issuing a call to arms to the recession-struck citizens of Gotham, to rise up against businesses and institutions that grew fat at their expense and then proceeds to cause even more chaos by freeing all the violent inmates at Gotham’s Blackgate Prison during a riot.

Batman soon finds himself  called into action again trying to stop Bane and his violent rampaging cohorts, however just when he thinks he might be in trouble  he discovers that he has allies in the form of Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) and John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a beat cop whose integrity impresses Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and who becomes a key figure in the fightback against Bane’s weaponised masses.

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