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The Dark Knight Rises updates: Official synopsis and running time

07.03.2012by: Eric Walkuski
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An update on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is never far away, you should know this by now...

Today we get the "official" synopsis for the Christopher Nolan film - although it doesn't exactly shed a whole new light on the sequel - as well as a firm idea of how long our butts will be sitting in that theater. Hint: A damn long time!

Here's the synopsis, for starters (there are MINOR SPOILERS to follow):

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

In addition to that intel, we now know that TDKR runs a chunky 164 minutes (or 2 hours and 44 minutes). For those counting, that's a little more than ten minutes longer than THE DARK KNIGHT, so evidently Nolan wants to fit as much as he can into the epic conclusion of his Batman trilogy. We can't blame him, nor do we mind!


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Extra Tidbit: Is the running time for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES a turn off at all for you, or "the longer the better?"
Source: Warner Bros.

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10:01PM on 07/03/2012
The longer the better. I want to savor ALL the flavor of this film!!
The longer the better. I want to savor ALL the flavor of this film!!
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8:09PM on 07/03/2012
Extra tidbit: Normally it would. But this is a Christopher Nolan film. The Dark Knight was long too but he made the time flew by with interesting story telling and engaged audiences to the edge of their seats. So yeah, in this case, the long the better.
Extra tidbit: Normally it would. But this is a Christopher Nolan film. The Dark Knight was long too but he made the time flew by with interesting story telling and engaged audiences to the edge of their seats. So yeah, in this case, the long the better.
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7:16PM on 07/03/2012
When it comes to Chris Nolan's films, run time just doesn't seem like a factor.

Seeing "The Dark Knight" in IMAX, you couldn't have told me it was more than 1hr 45min -- just flew by.

Good cinema will do that!
When it comes to Chris Nolan's films, run time just doesn't seem like a factor.

Seeing "The Dark Knight" in IMAX, you couldn't have told me it was more than 1hr 45min -- just flew by.

Good cinema will do that!
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5:40PM on 07/03/2012
Running time is a slight turn-off for me. I get achy and restless sitting still in a cold theater for much longer than 2 hrs...But I sat through "Return of the King" so I'm pretty sure I'll stick this one out to the end....
Running time is a slight turn-off for me. I get achy and restless sitting still in a cold theater for much longer than 2 hrs...But I sat through "Return of the King" so I'm pretty sure I'll stick this one out to the end....
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