Top Ten Dark Knight Legend Scenes

Through three masterpieces, Christoper Nolan has unimaginably created the greatest story in existence in The Dark Knight Legend (or Dark Knight Trilogy if that tastes better going down). There are so many moments and scenes that both flawlessly executed and endlessly entertaining. This is a list of my favorite scenes in The Dark Knight Legend. It took a lot of adjusting and second-guessing, but I eventually came to the conclusion of these ten supremely miraculous scenes.

10. Calling Card

The final scene in the tale of Batman’s origin is so spectacular that if it hadn’t been for one other scene I would consider this scene the greatest in Batman Begins. The fantastic tease of The Joker turns out to be the icing on this glorious cake of a scene. “I never said thank you.” Gary Oldman’s Gordon says with commanding subtlety to which Batman responds with the final line of the movie that defines Batman as a the hero he is, “And you’ll never have to.”

9. Mob Meeting

Every single second that Heath Ledger is on the screen in The Dark Knight is absolutely extraordinary. The Joker’s Bank Heist scene just barely missed the list and part of the reason is because this list wouldn’t be complete without this classic scene. It’s as if this malevolent “agent of chaos” sought out the darkest souls in Gotham just to give them a pep talk. Everything from entrance to exit is pure brilliance and it was hard to expect anything less from then on.

8. Train Crash

As Batman is the good to The Joker’s evil. Batman is the justice to Ra’s Al Ghul’s injustice and their final fight on the train headed towards Wayne Enterprises is easily the greatest scene in Batman Begins. Just as Batman has Ghul on the ropes Ra’s Al Ghul responds by doing the only thing he can that moment and demeans his formal pupil, “Have you finally learned to do what is necessary?” To which Batman responds with one of the greatest quotes in all of cinema, “I won’t kill you, but I don’t have to save you.”

7. The Pit

It’s one of the most inspirational and uplifting moments in this entire bleak epic. Batman himself has been broken and discarded like a piece of trash into “the worst hell on earth”. When he finally comes to terms with the fear and pain that consumes him, Batman triumphs and it’s realized that he’s both the hero Gotham deserves and needs. It’s a truly breathtaking moment because its almost like journey within a much grander journey because though he gets out of The Pit, there’s a lot of work to be done.

6. Hospital

For brilliant Joker, all of the pieces are set and all we get to do is watch idly by as Gotham’s “White Knight” is consumed by evil. Before our eyes, Harvey Dent finishes his transformation into the villain, Two Face. The power  is placed in Dent’s hand and The Joker gleefully becomes the first of Two Face’s victims whose lives are decided based on the flip of a coin. The Joker would die laughing knowing that he brought Harvey down to his level. It’s a scene that is as dark as they come, but as with every scene with The Joker it’s uproariously fun.

5. A Dark Knight

The Falling Action and Resolution of this never-ending clash of good and evil established in The Dark Knight takes place in one no-holds-barred finale. It’s realized just how depraved Harvey Dent has become when he threatens to literally kill the young son of James Gordon in a misplaced attempt to avenge the woman he loved and couldn’t save himself, Rachel Dawes. Two Face is filled with carnage and rage and the only thing Batman can do is save Gordon’s son and take the blame for Harvey’s unspeakable crimes leading to a final and powerful speech of respect from Batman’s the only friend and partner that Batman has had since the beginning of his fight against injustice.

4. Bane Breaks the Bat

“Let’s not stand on ceremony here, Mr. Wayne,” the barbaric villain says to the determined hero before they battle for the first time in the third and final chapter in Chritopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Legend. This is where these two characters belong, battling. Bane understands that and  it’s made apparent that Batman understands their relationship as well when he begins to wail away at an unimpressed Bane. Bane takes the Bat’s fists as if they  were gusts of wind. For the first time in this definitive story of Batman, Batman is beaten. Not only is he beaten though, he is ravaged and broken. Upon their first meeting, Batman had no idea what he was coming up against and in that way didn’t stand a chance.

3. Interrogation

Batman and The Joker are the greatest enemies ever concocted. There will never be more perfect renditions of the two characters than Heath Ledger and Christian Bale in The Dark Knight. To see them meet for the first time face to face is substantially extraordinary. It’s wildly entertaining, inherently necessary and beautiful. The scene begins with some witty, yet dark dialogue between The Joker and the newly appointed Commissioner Gordon.

“Does it depress you, to know just how alone you really are? Does it makes you feel responsible for Harvey Dent’s current predicament?” The Joker delightfully quips at the unamused Commissioner. Once Batman and The Joker are sitting across from each other alone in a desolate interrogation cell, the rarely leaves the faces of the two men talking simply because of how prominent this moment truly is.

2. The Joker’s Last Laugh

All the scenes on this list aren’t just the greatest scenes in The Dark Knight Legend, they’re also some of the greatest scenes in film. The Joker is my favorite character in existence so naturally I love every moment he’s on screen and I would consider some of his scenes some of my favorite in film. Until recently I’ve always considered the Interrogation scene my favorite scene with The Joker, but recently I’ve realized my favorite Joker scene is his last in the film.

The final masterfully crafted Joker scene in which he has his last laugh is the best Joker scene. The Joker finally thinks he’s changed Batman when Batman throws him off of a building and as a result he laughs hysterically until he his saved by who he now realizes is his perfect nemesis. “You, you just couldn’t let me go could you?” The Joker jokes smiling, of course. Without a villain there is no hero and without a hero there is no villain. The constant battle between the two form a continuos bond between the two because this isn’t a story about two men, it’s a story about good and evil. This concept is completely exemplified in perfect scene.

1. The Legend Ends

The Dark Knight Legend is my favorite movie, but I could unquestionably say that it is also the greatest story ever told. No story has ever entertained me, captivated me or enthralled me with its vast and eloquent themes or its deep  characters nearly as much as The Dark Knight Legend. It is a masterpiece in every way, shape or form. I only use that word when it’s warranted and it is never more warranted than when used to describe the legendary and lasting epic.

Every legend has to come to an end the ending of any story is so important to me. If I took the time to appreciate a story unfold, I’m always excited to reach that point and see where it all leads. I’m always happy to see an ending done right and not only was the ending of this epic legend done right, the ending is unimaginably perfect and the greatest scene in the entire film that is The Dark Knight Legend.

I have never felt more involved or completely captivated by the events transpiring on screen than watching the finale of the ending of The Dark Knight Rises and the glorious ending of entire legend as a whole. From the moment Batman and Bane begin their final battle to the final seconds before the screen goes completely black and all we can read is “The Dark Knight Rises” I just escape to this world where hope tremendously triumphs over despair, two heroes survive and live happily in love together and the legend that is Batman lives to fight another day and survives forever as symbol of good in the hearts of the people who he fights to protect. It’s not only the greatest scene in The Dark Knight Legend, it’s the greatest scene in film.

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The Dark Knight Rises Review

I have never been more excited for a movie than I was for The Dark Knight Rises. I loved every single solitary second of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight Rises was the sequel to my favorite movie and the definitive end to what I could easily call my favorite series. My wild expectations were exceeded with the masterpiece that is The Dark Knight Rises, because with this epic Christopher Nolan has crafted the perfect ending for the perfect story.

The endings of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight offered resolution, but Gotham wasn’t saved the way Bruce Wayne had set out to save it as the symbol for good, Batman. They weren’t happy endings, but they did offer hope for brighter days. Hope is a large undertone of The Dark Knight Rises mainly because all of it is dashed with the emergence of a new threat against Gotham, Bane.

Bane is an intelligent brute force and he is the most intimidating presence I’ve ever seen depicted. He’s a revolutionary tyrant (although there’s more to his agenda), he’s his own General and he’s his own greatest soldier. Bane has never been more appropriately titled than he was in The Dark Knight Rises because what Christopher Nolan and Tom Hardy have created is the bane of Batman’s existence and the good he’s meant to inspire. There is a poetic and constant battle between a symbol for good and a symbol for evil in The Dark Knight, but unlike The Joker, Bane has a plan and it involves destroying Batman and everything he cares for. However, The Dark Knight Rises isn’t just simply about Batman’s struggle against Bane, a story like that had already been told.

Batman Begins told the perfect hero’s journey, it was a tale about one man, Bruce Wayne and his journey to becoming a true hero, Batman. The Dark Knight was about good and evil and the balance the two offer, Batman and The Joker. The Dark Knight Rises, however, is about the beating heart of a city. It is a sweeping epic that utilizes every character we’ve come to know and love and manages to introduce a few more incredibly fundamental pieces to the puzzle in order to tell a story of hope, triumph and the heroism that can only be described as legendary.

The Dark Knight Rises was filled with talent on and off the screen. Tom Hardy who gave a magnificent and very physical performance as Bane wasn’t the only new cast member. There was the always brilliant Marion Cottillard, the extraordinary Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway who offers the flawless performance of what should be considered the greatest and definitive Catwoman. Wally Pfister, again takes to the camera (apparently for the last time) and Hans Zimmer finishes what he started in the first two and with The Dark Knight Rises, Zimmer offers in The Dark Knight Legend the greatest score in film. Every recurring actor offers easily their best performance of the series, including Christian Bale as a Batman past his prime.

The Dark Knight Rises accomplishes the monumental task of beginning flawlessly and only getting better as the film progresses. As the stakes and tension rise so to does your involvement in the story and then the ending is fully realized. The Dark Knight Rises offers nothing short of the greatest ending in film. The word epic was never fully understood until I was able to finish watching The Dark Knight Rises. With this film, you’re being thrust into so many different events and characters it’s almost hard to take it all in, but when put in the hands of a story teller of this caliber, you can’t expect anything less than a miracle.

Christopher Nolan, with the help of his cast and crew, did exactly what he set out to do. He masterfully weaved together what he had done with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and told the ending his story deserved and needed. And that is nothing short of miraculous. The heroic character that Nolan and Bale have slaved over has gone through quite the journey and every journey has to come to an end.

The Dark Knight Rises is that end. Ever since I was able to witness The Dark Knight four years ago, I called it my favorite movie, but upon seeing The Dark Knight Rises I realized that the two are right on par with each other. Batman Begins is just as flawless, but because it is a simple origin story that absolutely needed to be told the exact way it was told it wasn’t able to touch on the complexities, themes and emotions that The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are able to delve into. My favorite word to describe a movie that I love is, and I don’t use it lightly, masterpiece. However, that doesn’t seem like enough for this trilogy. The Dark Knight Legend is not only the greatest movie ever created, it’s the greatest story ever told.

Grade: A+

Top Ten Reasons I Can’t Wait to See The Dark Knight Rises

To preface this list, I think it would be best to explain exactly why I felt the need to make this list in the first place. The reason is pretty simple, because The Dark Knight Rises deserves it. The film easily finds its way at the top of my Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 and to put it as bluntly as possible, I have never wanted to see a movie more than I want to see The Dark Knight Rises. I seriously doubt I ever will.

I made this list because I love movies and I’ll be watching them the rest of my life, but I sincerely doubt that I will ever have a physical need to see a movie that is as potent as my need to see The Dark Knight Rises. There are less then a hundred days left before I see my most anticipated movie of all time. These are the reasons that make even another second of waiting feel like torture. Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but seriously I can not WAIT for July 20th.

10. The Bat

I chose “The Bat” in particular because it’s the new vehicle and just one of the many things that will allow this film to stand as a different film than Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. With this number 10 slot, though I chose and said “The Bat”, I do also mean the tools that will help Batman accomplish his goals, such as that gadget with a blue light we see Batman holding in some images and what looks to be the Bat Cave in a select number of shots.

9. The Hans Zimmer Score

Aside from possibly Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer may just be my favorite Film Composer. His touch on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Legend is magnificent. He created an illustrious score for Batman Begins, upped the ante with The Dark Knight and based on what’s been heard so far, The Dark Knight Rises may be his best work yet. Ambitiously, not only has he crafted more beautiful notes and added them to a now classic score, he’s also incorporated some haunting chanting.

8. Ra’s Al Ghul

Like The Dark Knight, I’m sure The Dark Knight Rises will stand a part from its predecessors as its own film. On top of that though, it seems The Dark Knight Rises will also be able to continue a story if only due to the fact that Ra’s Al Ghul and Talia Al Ghul are playing some part in the film. There is no way of knowing exactly how The League of Shadows will play a part in this film, but its an idea that makes me very excited.

7. Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The entire Dark Knight Legend has offered some of the greatest casting that a series has ever had to offer. Marion Cotillard and Joseph-Gordon Levitt are two of the greatest artists regularly working today and it only makes sense that they find themselves on the cast list of one of the most anticipated movies of all time. There are a lot of rumors surrounding both of their characters. Miranda Tate may just be Talia Al Ghul and a wilder rumor is that John Blake becomes Robin. We won’t know for another three months.

6. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Though Anne Hathaway was an awesome choice as Catwoman, when I first heard that there would be a Catwoman in the film at all, I wasn’t sold on the idea. I wasn’t sad because I knew that Christopher Nolan wouldn’t disappoint, but I was just very curious exactly how he would pull off the female anti-hero. As July 20th comes closer, it’s obviously not clear where Catwoman will play in all of this, but the idea of figuring that out is giving me goosebumps.

5. The Mystery

I said “The Mystery”, but I more so meant the aura of mystery. Of course there are select things that many people know about The Dark Knight Rises and there are things, based on what we’ve seen, that some people may be able to assume. Aside from that though, what do we really know? The Dark Knight Rises will be a long movie, most likely longer than The Dark Knight’s two and a half hour running time. There are only a few select people that know, story-wise, exactly where Nolan goes with The Dark Knight Rises like many I’d like to know where that is.

4. The Fights

Pictured above is the last image shown in first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. They could’ve shown the title and I would’ve been excited, but instead they showed a fantastic Commissioner Gordon monologue and ended it with an image of a confident Bane approaching a terrified Batman. That final image left me drooling in anticipation for not just the movie as whole, but that fight between the antagonist and the protagonist. The trailers have featured other fights since and I’m ecstatic about those as well. I still can’t help but look forward to the scene in Nolan’s Dark Knight Legend where Bane may just break the Bat.

3. The Returning Artists

The original plan was to make one of the reasons “The Returning Actors” and then another reason “Christopher Nolan in the Director’s Chair”. I decided to combine these two into this one reason. Both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight offer two of the most incredible casts in film and most of both of those casts are found in The Dark Knight Rises. All of the cast and characters you’d expect to find are all there, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, even Liam Neeson is making a small appearance (presumably in a flashback). They will again be directed by Christopher Nolan, a director who has never even come close to letting me down with the masterpieces he’s crafted. I can’t express just how much I doubt that Nolan will let me down with The Dark Knight Rises.

2. Tom Hardy as Bane

I absolutely love a good villain. If a film calls for an antagonist, your film won’t be compelling without a compelling villain. As far as the trailers and viral-campaign have established, the main antagonist and driving force of The Dark Knight Rises is Bane played by Tom Hardy. All I’ve got to work with are some images, a single quote in the full-length trailer and the first six minutes of the film and I am completely and with out a doubt in my mind, sold.

Tom Hardy as Bane looks to be an amazing villain. With a lot less insanity it seems Hardy will bring the intensity he’s capable of portraying (as seen in Bronson), but with a little bit of charisma you’d expect from a Christopher Nolan character. There’s almost a kind of magic to the mythology between Batman and The Joker (Heath Ledger created my favorite villain in all of film) in the way one is pure evil and one is pure good. It looks like what Bane will bring to the table however, is the perfect opposition for Batman at this point in the legend.

1. The Legend Ends

This is it, this is the end. The Dark Knight Rises is the film that will conclude the Dark Knight Legend that Christopher Nolan had began crafting almost a decade ago. It is my favorite series of film and The Dark Knight is far and away my favorite movie of all time. That makes The Dark Knight Rises, not only, the sequel to my favorite movie, but the end of my favorite series of films. From the looks of the bleak and haunting posters, The Dark Knight Rises looks like it will turn out to be one epic ending.

I’ve always had a thing for endings. While I can admit the first films of the Pirates and Matrix series’ are the better films I personally garner more enjoyment out of The Matrix Revolutions and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Even Revenge of the Sith is my favorite Star Wars. And though I consider The Lord of the Rings one story, my favorite of the three chapters is The Return of the King. That’s not to say that I believe I’ll find The Dark Knight Rises to be my favorite, I’m merely showing proof that, for me, there are a lot of assurances that The Dark Knight Rises is going to be amazing.

The Dark Knight Rises is the end. Combined with the endless list of other reasons, that reason alone makes the idea of walking out of the theater after seeing The Dark Knight Rises, a bittersweet moment. All of that waiting, anticipation, and expectations will have culminated into one film viewing experience. I simply can not wait to see The Dark Knight Rises for many reasons, but most of all because it is the ending to my favorite cinematic story ever told on film and if the ending is anywhere near as good as its predecessors, the legend as a whole may just be a step above perfection.