THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012): A Letter of Apology to Nolan Batman Fans

Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises Apology Letter. This letter was written in response to comments I received after posting my The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Film Review on Facebook. I was warned that it would happen and so I can not complain. One of the major gripes I read in the Facebook responses was that I rated The Avengers (The Avengers (2012) Film Review) an 8/10 and The Dark Knight Rises an 5/10, thus my The Dark Knight Rises review should be deemed invalid.

I found that hilarious because it was obvious they did not read The Avengers review, they just looked at the rating. If they had read the review, they would have seen that I was as exacting in that review as I was in my The Dark Knight Rises movie review.

Here is the reason for the divergent scoring: My expectations for The Dark Knight Rises were so high versus my expectations for The Avengers being low.

Since The Avengers was better than I was expecting, I rated it accordingly (an 80 out of 100). With The Dark Knight Rises, my expectations were not met (a 50 out of 100) but that is my fault. As I said, my expectataions were very high.

Here is why.

Recipe for Disaster

I had seen The PrestigeBatman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Inception more times than I can count. For years I had been chomping at the bit, devouring every morsel of news on The Dark Knight Rises. I went into The Dark Knight Rises‘ midnight screening thinking I would see something that I had never seen before: the apex superhero film.

I should have tempered my expectations but I could not help myself. I got caught up in all the hype, all the buzz. There was even a faux Harley Quinn in the midnight audience. The fire rose (…metaphorically speaking).

I got caught up in the same hype for The Avengers, almost despite myself during the midnight showing. People dressed up like comic book characters, people there who had seen the film before at an advanced screening, the usher coming in saying to stay for the two after credit scenes. All that build up and than the film began.

On it’s own merits

I should have let The Dark Knight Rises speak for itself. Not the propagnada. Not my hopes. Not my dreams.

I did though and when those unrealistic expectations were not met and I watched a film that I was not expecting, when I reviewed it, I came down hard on it.

When I reviewed The Avengers (The Avengers (2012) Film Review), I came down hard on that film as well but I always do. I always take the film I am reviewing apart and examine the pieces (How to Write a Movie Review), whether I like the film or dislike the film.

The Brighter Side

I didn’t say this in my review but I did like aspects of The Dark Knight Rises‘ plot and storyline:

1. The opening sequence (though I was annoyed Tom Hardy re-recorded his voice for it).

2. Bruce Wayne’s knee damage.

3. Catwoman’s outfit.

4. The film’s score.

5. The concept of the pit prison, not the actual pit prison.

6. Bane.

7. Talia al Ghul.

8. The Robin reference.

9. Three Tumblers with new weaponry.

10. Catwoman’s betrayal.

11. Most of the first Batman/Bane fight.

12. Some of the dialogue.

Too be fair though, there were additional things about The Dark Knight Rises that I did not like that I did not mention within my review but an apology letter is not the place for that.


The Dark Knight Rises was not perfect but neither were the two films that came before it. Like I said, I should have let the film speak for itself.

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Rollo Tomasi

A Political Science and MBA grad who started FilmBook during an eCommerce B-School course in 2008. Cinema and TV addict. Former writer at Empire Movies, Blogcritics, and Alternative Film Guide. In addition to writing for FilmBook, he also edits the copy published on the website, manages its writing staff, manages the back-end operations, site finances, its social network accounts, and works with publicists, actors, and companies on press coverage and promotions. He has also created ProMovieBlogger.com and Trending Awards.com.

  • Craig Layne

    Seldom do I agree with you, but the Dark Knight Rises was a let down. Yeah, it was ok, but we were all expecting knock your socks off, not just ok.

  • Exactly. Thank you.

  • The great thing about your reviews–they are fair. I read both reviews and I agree with each wholeheartedly. A lot of my concurring with your critiques come with my not particularly caring for either franchise. I have learned that fandom reactions to honestly critiqued franchised film reviews can be brutal. You absolutely cannot please some of the people all of the time.

  • Thank you Aidy for the support. I actually wrote this letter like two weeks ago but just got around to posting it. I started re-writing the ending to TDKR put that will take some time to finish.

    When I posted this apology letter on Facebook, they were harsh on that as well though a brave few did agree with me.

  • sandy

    The Dark Knight Rises has continued to perform well at the box office, taking the number one spot as expected in its second weekend with $64.075 million (against a 60% drop)and a 10 day North American total of $289.086 million.

  • Jay

    I watched the Avenger’s on my tv the other day and i have to say it wasn’t as funny as the third time, the movie just felt very blunt. On the other hand, The Dark Knight Rises will always be a good quality entertainment. in my opinion.

  • Revenue does not equal quality.

  • I am not going to ask how you have a copy of The Avengers already. That is your business.

    Batman Begins and The Dark Knight will always be a good quality entertainment in my opinion.

  • Jay


  • enazi

    f**k ur self, if u think dat u can say sorry and getaway with it.. then u dont know nolan fans

  • Lol. I do now.

  • Dan

    …thankfully, I am pleased to report it knocked my socks off! 🙂

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