Editor's Note: As I write this, my heart is hurting for those affected by the tragedy in Colorado, where a lone gunman opened fire in a theater at a 12:01 premiere for The Dark Knight Rises. The tragedy is made all the more disgusting by the news media, who've already latched onto the "movie made him do it" excuse while simultaneously reporting erroreous facts and glorifying the shooter's actions. In fact, NBC's Today Show has gone into extended coverage, despite a lack of new information and reporting such incorrect facts as The Dark Knight being the first of the series, just so they can glorify this tragedy like the irresponsible ratings-mongering "news" organization they are. I hope the sick, inhuman monster responsible is brought to swift justice, and that everyone who is affected, whether you survived the horrific incident, knew someone there, and especially those who lost loved ones, are able to find some kind of peace in the coming days, knowing there are those of us who feel for you.
Christopher Nolan set out to do the impossible. To make a trio of successful films based around a revered comic book character had never truly been done before. After Tim Burton left the Batman franchise and Joel Schumacher effectively ruined it, Nolan's reboot of the Caped Crusader was hailed by critics and fans alike as the definitive film version of the iconic hero. But after other superhero franchises stumbled in their third installments, namely Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and Bryan Singer's X-Men franchise after being left in the hands of Brett Ratner, even I had my doubts that the reliable Nolan could really pull it off.
It seems my doubts were somewhat justified. The Dark Knight Rises is not a bad film, but it doesn't live up to the hype. More to the point, it doesn't live up to the admittedly impossible standards of the two movies that preceeded it. I enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises, and I commend Christopher Nolan for making a superhero trilogy that is both critically and commercially successful, but the film is not without its own stumbling points.