There are few films that can be declared events but The Dark Knight Rises is one of them. Christopher Nolan’s Batman series has transcended its source material and become a cultural touchstone for the movie going public. It is the culmination of everything that Christopher Nolan and his cast and crew have worked towards since they began this journey in 2005 with Batman Begins. It is also a film that has such astounding expectations behind it that it seems completely unlikely that it would be able to adequately fulfill them. But it does.