**Some vague, non-plot-specific spoilers**
HOT OFF THE PRESS! I have just returned from the finale of the Batman trilogy, best appreciated on the big screen surrounded by excited wrapper-rustlers and ‘Oh my GOD!’ exclaimers (slightly bitter about the disturbing of the peace, but whatever). And what a finale. The plot is huge, as always, and the stretch of Bruce Wayne’s character verified why I will always prefer Batman to Spiderman. Spiderman is a smart boy in spandex who got lucky. Batman is a self-made and slightly tortured individual with ridiculous transportation methods and lots of money.
Plus, he has style in abundance. He still cuts a silhouette in a massive ‘I’M A SUPERHERO !’ cape, for which I would have cried if they’d left out.
Bane, on the other hand, was a perfectly brutish manifestation of terrorism that crumbled the foundations of iconic American culture. He strikes fear into every star-spangled Yankee heart (whilst wearing a shearling coat). The beauty of TDKR, however, was the spreading of nemesis into every disillusioned, have-not of Gotham. The city’s people have never held a backseat in the Batman trilogy, but the brawling and bitter masses formed an infestation that seeped off the streets and into the sewers. Batman himself, broken and metaphorically chained as he was, almost disappeared from the plot in many parts of the film. This was never an issue, though, as the film was bloody long. The pace kept going, though, so the length did not seem overly-indulgent.
Anna Hathaway was perfect as the quick-fingered Cat Burglar; I feel I have to shrug off my unfair judgements of her as easy-to-watch, lovable fluff.* And the same goes to Michael Caine, who I’ve never properly appreciated…well, he made me tear up. Bit embarrassing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman remain revered as always. There are many more who deserve a mention, but, safe to say, it was a stellar cast.
And, holy smokes, we are all set up for a spin-off sequel. Which is SO exciting. Until then, we can occupy ourselves with three months of costume perfecting. Hallowe’en is going to be terribly fun this year.
*Quick, somebody make me a catsuit and stilettos with knives for heels. I really think my life will improve with this apparel.