Although it's longer than THE DARK KNIGHT, four years was still worth the wait for this Batman flick. It's an exciting experience; it's loud, has great, explosive action, and incredible acting. Bale, Hardy, and Hathaway all shine in their roles.
Just off his Oscar win for THE FIGHTER, Bale gives another determined and powerhouse performance as the main character. While he isn't as wild as Heath Ledger's Joker, Hardy is very tall and monstrous as Bane, and has some pretty brutal fights with Batman. Used to sugary roles and sugary movies (THE PRINCESS DIARIES perhaps being the biggest example), this is about-face role for Hathaway. I thought she did a reasonable job; she looks and sounds sexy, has great and clever dialogue in some parts, and fights well in the action scenes. I can see a great acting career for her in the future.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is a great Batman movie and a great summer movie, and the action, acting, and three main roles all highlight the adventure.