With just 12 days until the final Christopher Nolan-led chapter of Batman is due to be released, buzz surrounding The Dark Knight Rises is starting to heat up.
Comic book movies used to be just good clean fun, a way to shut off your brain and enjoy things blowing up. This year it appears that studios are taking a different approach and trying to put real stories and great dialogue into those blow-em-up movies. The movement started with The Avengers and apparently has continued with Spider Man and now The Dark Knight Rises.
At a press screening on July 6, there are reports that the movie actually received a standing ovation once it was over.
Critics were quick to jump on their respective social networking sites and hype the movie up even more than it already has been. Marc Genuso tweeted that:
"If this does not break the mold and win Best Picture, no comic book movie ever will."
Tom McAuliffe was equally effusive with his praise of the final piece of the Christian Bale starring trilogy.
Just finished the screening of Dark Knight Rises...so much awesome...can't wait to see it again. And again. and "9 out of 10 for me. I'd put Amazing Spider-Man at a 7.5 and Avengers at an 8.5"
In fact, McAuliffe spelled out why he believes movie goers are going to love this particular movie once it finally hits theaters.
"There are things I criticize in every film, but this one measures high on many measures. There will be some surprises but not big ones, the beauty of the film is how well it tells the story. Tom Hardy was incredible as Bane, the storyline was fantastic. I think the Joker is far more iconic than Bane, with more memorable quotes, but this story was great, including Bane's origin. Godfather 3 never happened. Xmen 3 & Spider-Man 3 were awful, this film was the perfect final chapter in the trilogy."