This story picks up eight years after Batman (Christian Bale) went into retirement and Gotham branded him a criminal. It takes a hulking psychopath sporting a pain-suppression mask named Bane (Tom Hardy) to bring him back into action. A stellar cast of newcomers (including Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard) join series veterans Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine in this deep-thinking epic. The film doesn't pack the same visceral punch as its predecessor, but it comes close. It's dark, despairing, rousing, and absolutely brilliant.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer and Bob Kane
Producer: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven and Emma Thomas
Cast: Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Josh Pence and Nestor Carbonell