Anne Hathaway is an amazing Catwoman. Sadly, that’s about all the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s bat-trilogy has going for it, as it has a stupid plot, bad characterizations, wrongheaded philosophy, poor followup on the previous movie, and whitewashed casting of one of the bad guys. Just a mess overall, and a weak ending to the series. The great superhero movie rewatch slogs through The Dark Knight Rises.
The impression at the end of The Dark Knight was that Batman would take the fall for Dent’s death, and also for his criminal acts—but not that he would stop fighting crime. And yeah, okay, this mythical, magical Dent Act may have cut down on crime in Gotham, but it can’t possibly have gone completely away—humanity doesn’t work like that, plus laws take a while to become effective. Instead, we jump the timeline eight years and find out that Wayne has retired Batman, but also retired from humanity, allowing his body to go to seed and hiding from the world, and that he’s done so since immediately after Dent’s death.
This makes about as much sense as Superman disappearing for five years to see if Krypton didn’t really explode—to wit, none. Gotham was still a mess at the end of the last movie, with a lot of work to be done. Sure, Batman would have to cooperate less with the GPD thanks to his taking the rap for Two-Face’s crimes, but why would that translate to him hanging up the cowl?