Prepare For ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ In 7 Minutes [Video]

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Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” We’re a week away from the epic conclusion of the Dark Knight Trilogy and Thomas Wayne’s sage advice to his young son couldn’t be more appropriate. Bruce Wayne has his work cut out for him in The Dark Knight Rises.

No doubt many Batfans will be preparing for Christopher Nolan’s final Caped Crusader installment by rewatching Batman Begins and The Dark Knight; however, in a summer packed with blockbuster movie releases (not to mention record-breaking long lines at Comic-Con 2012), who has the time to rewatch older films? To save our readers some time we’ve put together a Batman mash-up that tells the story of Nolan’s trilogy thus far – as well as foreshadows where prior events are set to payoff in The Dark Knight Rises.

My assignment with the above video was to create a linear, abridged version of Bruce Wayne’s life story as told in these three films. Like him, I also had my work cut out for me. As a lifelong Batman fan, trying to cut ANYTHING out was a challenge – but as late nights turned into mornings and groggy work weeks, I made painful cuts (my apologies to Katie Holmes and Morgan Freeman) and whittled it down to seven heavy-hitting minutes.

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All in all 286 minutes of Batman Begins and Dark Knight footage was cut in order to distill the story down to the core sequence of events – culminating in the highly-anticipated Bruce Wayne/Bane showdown in The Dark Knight Rises. Tim Burton may have paved the way for a “dark” Batman film but Nolan’s approach to the character has set a new standard for grounded superhero movie storytelling that culled blockbuster box office numbers from both casual moviegoers and hardcore comic book fans.

I hope it’s the mashup you deserve AND the one you need right now.

For the full pre-Dark Knight Rises preparation regimen, check out the 5 Batman Comic Book Stories to Prepare You for The Dark Knight Rises.

If you enjoyed this Screen Rant mash-up video, be sure to watch our other summer videos: The Ultimate 2012 Summer Movie Trailer and Amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) Saves Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire).

Which moment in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series is your favorite?

The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20th, 2012.

Follow Chris on Twitter @Molinaro4Prez for future video mash-ups (as well as a fake presidential campaign).

Special thanks to B.J. Smith for the video’s opening title graphics.

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  1. That is seriously seriously good editing. Nice one :)

  2. Don’t be so lazy people! Just watch the movies like they were intended to be watched.

  3. Great video!! July 20th cannot come soon enough!

  4. That was seriously brilliant; well done, mate. I was getting a wry smile near the end of it, and now I can’t wait even more the for TDKR. I’m going to watch this just before I see it.

  5. Very nice clip! The plot of TDK still doesn’t make sense though

    • That’s funny…I (and MANY others) found the plot of TDK to be extremely easily to understand. WHAT did you not get about it?

      • …sigh.

        That should be “extremely easily UNDERSTOOD”.

        • Actually, it should be “extremely easy to understand” but this is the internet. Half the people reading probably thought your first comment was correct. haha

          • Actually, I DID mean the one I wrote in my correction, since we’re looking at a past event, BUT the correction you gave is correct also…just not the one I chose.

            You’re right, though, that given where we are (not the particular site, but its surrounding environs), many people probably did not even care about the correction, one way or the other. 😉

            • I think out of all us ranters, you’d be the happiest when that edit button gets launched 😉

              • Probably…I’m a MUCH better writer than I am a typist. Generally, I have horrible hand-eye coordination…among other concerns related to my typing flubs…sigh.


  6. Outstanding job!
    That was a delight.

  7. Wow. That was superb. Well done!

  8. it’s fair.”

    My heart breaks for Harvey every time I hear that line. Joker, you manipulative bastard.

  9. David Letterman was given a chance to view the film, prior to interviewing Anne Hathaway, and he let the ending of the movie slip out. Since I now know what to expect, I will not be watching this film in the theaters. I will wait until it hit dvd.

    • Seriously? I mean, that’s not REALLY why you’d refuse to see this in the theater, is it?
      I saw the clip you’re referring to and let me say this about that: I can guaruantee you that prior to air, Letterman staff and or Warner Bros/DC excs WARNED him to stay spoiler free during his interview. Knowing the hype surrounding this film, and being the wise-ass prankster that he is, he deliberatley said something that sounds like it could be a spoiler but ISN’T, just to rile everybody up; and Anne played along…
      Now obviously I don’t know for sure, I haven’t seen the movie yet. But this is the more likely scenario – and if you’re a fan of the cinema, or Batman or Nolan – then to avoid this movie in the theater (and IMAX) because of a prank/joke just seems silly to me.
      It’ll be fun to hear what Nolan has to say about this, when they have HIM on Letterman.

      Nice video, by the way! I just watched them again last week, and this sets us up well.

      • I’d use an edit button too…spelling.

    • Just saw the midnight release in Australia, all I can say is GO AND SEE THE MOVIE.

  10. Eh. THIS ISNT A CAR!

  11. Great video.

    Christopher Nolan has made a great trliogy and has done something that Joel Schumacuer couldn’t do.

    I hope The Dark Knight Rises turns out to be a amazing end to a great trliogy.

  12. That was great (and edited together very nicely as well)! Kudos man…
    Although, I still think I’ll re-watch the movies again. I have a sneaking suspicion that TDKR will have some heavy hints and tie-ins to the previous two films…


    • Oh, goodie…the fool is back.

      • My face is hurting from all the “facepalms” already 😉

  14. Watched Batman Begins last night. Struggled to stay awake because I was so tired. It took me almost 3 hours to watch it lol. So much I had forgotten about the movie. Working overtime tonight so gonna have to watch Dark Knight tomorrow night after work. Also got History of the Batmobile and then I am ready for Thursday night. Can not wait 😀

  15. just watched the movies. might watch this as a refresher in the morning before i go catch the 10 am session

  16. I also had my work cut out for me. As a lifelong Batman fan.