Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.


Christopher Nolan


Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #71 | Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 38 wins & 102 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Bruce Wayne
Gary Oldman ... Commissioner Gordon
Tom Hardy ... Bane
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Blake
Anne Hathaway ... Selina
Marion Cotillard ... Miranda
Morgan Freeman ... Fox
Michael Caine ... Alfred
Matthew Modine ... Foley
Alon Aboutboul ... Dr. Pavel (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Ben Mendelsohn ... Daggett
Burn Gorman ... Stryver
Daniel Sunjata ... Captain Jones
Aidan Gillen ... CIA Op
Sam Kennard Sam Kennard ... Special Ops Sergeant


Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight (2008), in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its Police force, which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city. Written by WellardRockard

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Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Out of respect for Heath Ledger, The Joker is never mentioned. See more »


(at around 2h 10 mins) Position of Officer Foley as the Gotham Police make their charge toward Bane's mercenaries. See more »


[first lines]
Jim Gordon: I knew Harvey Dent. I was his friend. And it will be a very long time before someone... inspires us the way he did. I believed in Harvey Dent.
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Crazy Credits

This film features a new DC Comics logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

On IMAX 70mm prints of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, this film's prologue was shown as a special preview. It contained, with only one exception, entirely different takes of Bane's dialogue. See more »


Featured in Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) See more »


Pavane pour une infante défunte
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by the Minnesota Orchestra with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Conductor
Courtesy of Countdown Media
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A strong and even conclusion
21 January 2021 | by thedongwuSee all my reviews

This is a strong and satisfying end to the Nolan Batman trilogy. While The Dark Knight was more complex, more intellectually impressive, and The Joker was a more intimidating villain, I thought this movie did better with cohesion, evenness of pacing, and overall felt like a return to the neatly packaged story of Batman Begins. In fact, with the number of parallels the story and visuals had to the first film were almost *too* on the nose, but I think it still worked (but did we really need that a whole flock of bats *and* the shot of Bruce Wayne's father coming to rescue him? Also, what was up with Qui-Gon Jinn's force ghost randomly appearing??). The cast was once again a solid positive for this movie. Hardy's Bane, while far less impressive and a little more cartoonish than Heath Ledger's The Joker, served his purpose. Oldman continued to do a great job and Gordon-Levitt was a nice addition to the cast. Morgan Freeman was sidelined once again, though, leaving this cast blindingly white except for a few background characters who die. However, this cast also had a significant improvement over the previous two instalments in the trilogy: While the death of Rachel Dawes may have left Gotham woman-less at the end of The Dark Knight, both Hathaway's Catwoman and Cotillard's Miranda Tate were strong characters who were prominent throughout the movie and important to the plot. Could they have been a little better in their execution? Yes, although they were handicapped from being introduced for the first time in this movie compared to the men, and I thought the two added much needed balance to the cast's diversity as well as its motivations.

There was more heart in this than the previous two films, and it leaned into its emotional beats particularly in the ending. I would have liked more emotion throughout the series, and in contrast to the rest of this series the epilogue felt a little bit cheesy. Still, though, maybe that's okay. This movie did its best to earn the heartstring-pulls at the end, and it was certainly an emotionally satisfying and uplifting end to the trilogy.

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Release Date:

20 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arkham See more »


Box Office


$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,887,295, 22 July 2012

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2.39 : 1
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