I re-watched bits of Batman Begins and it helped me understand The Dark Knight Rises better. The two movies are very, very much related, and Nolan uses references throughout the two. He really did design part 3 as integral portion of the trilogy, and it was less stand-alone than I anticipated on my July 20th review. I actually enjoy 3 more for that reason, but not enough to raise my rating.
BB, TDK- 4.5
Here are a few of the better Bane quotes ^
Another good one :
I liked Bane more after I rewatched the better half of his dialogue. However, my sole theater experience with Bane's voice was different- he was just extremely loud yet difficult to understand in too many places. I still didn't like his later contributions- but that's also because I didn't like the scenes (ambush scenes, stadium or blackgate prison). I think Bane was approaching excellent in parts, but Nolan didn't develop the character far enough. However, it's not Hardy's fault, but rather the script's. Bane should have been given much more (and better) dialogue and better setpieces. I can reasonably see him playing a role as large as Ledger's was in the TDK.
As for Bane's personality, Bane was effectively portrayed as being extremely cruel, a frequent user of black humor, and yet also very 'self aware' & devoid of emotion. He was literally only mad once and that was a brief affair. And the anger was purely physical rather than intellectual.
The brutal & near scary sewer fight scene and his talk with Bruce on the bed were the two best 'bane' moments. The audience was completely silent during these scenes.
I think #1 is pretty fair. I would have liked a reveal, though.
Future batman directors are going to face an uphill struggle against Nolan's trilogy.