Jay Bakker of Metal Arcade writes:
The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated sequel to 2008′s legendary film The Dark Knight. However, watching the film, you’d be forgiven for thinking the film is a direct sequel to the first film in this excellent trilogy, Batman Begins. Nolan masterfully ties up the series by going back to its roots, calling back events from way back in 2005′s Begins. Out of respect to Heath Ledger, The Joker is not mentioned at all in this film. In fact, the only real tangible evidence that the events of The Dark Knight actually occurred is that Harvey Dent is dead, and Batman is a wanted man, having taken the fall for Dent’s crimes.