Sound and Fury: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Against Theme and Story
By Christopher Sebela
Each of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films opens with a quiet, singular image forming the unmistakeable bat symbol. They’re cinematic palate cleansers before the business of Batman begins in earnest. In Batman Begins, it is a sky full of bats; in The Dark Knight, it is a wall of flames; but the opening image of The Dark Knight Rises is notable for two reasons: the bat symbol appearing from cracking ice is muddy, only there if you look for it, and it is overlaid with the film’s opening lines of dialogue. If you wanted to, you could say that the first ten seconds of The Dark Knight Rises spell out all the problems that lay ahead: here is a film both rushed and obscured.
SPOILER WARNING: The following contains massive spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises.
So after my last go-round, Comics Alliance asked me, “Hey, you wanna tell us how you really feel about THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”? And I was all like, “Uh, okay, if you really wanna see it.”
So committed was I to getting it correct that I went and saw it AGAIN (truthfully I was gonna see it again anyway, but at least this way it was unimpeachably a tax write-off). With spleen vented and possible enemies made, now I can stop thinking about the melancholy and the infinite sadness of Batman and start looking forward to LOOPER as the best summer movie of 2012.