Michael Totten

The Dark Knight Rises

I can count on one finger the number of movies based on comic books that I like. They aren’t for me, but Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is a major exception. It’s a serious and instantly classic crime film that transcends the limitations and silliness of the genre.

Nolan’s next film looks fantastic, as well.

There were faint echoes of the war against terrorism in The Dark Knight—not as allegory or argument, but as context as Peter Suderman notes in Reason. In The Dark Knight Rises—or in the trailer, at least—we hear whispers of a communist insurgency.