‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – SR Underground Ep. 49

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The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode forty-nine of the Screen Rant Underground.

Join host Ben Kendrick as well as fellow SR editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, Kofi Outlaw and guest Ben Moore for this special edition of the Screen Rant Underground podcast as we review The Dark Knight Rises and discuss what we’d like to see in future Bat-sequels as well as the inevitable Justice League movie.

Screen Rant Underground is available in the iTunes Music Store (where you can subscribe as well as download individual episodes) but if you’re not near your home computer, check out our forty-ninth episode in the player below.

Also, Screen Rant Underground is an EXPLICIT podcast. We don’t go out of our way to say controversial things or use explicit language but it does happen – so use discretion when playing the podcast at work and around young, or sensitive, ears.


Screen Rant Underground: Episode 49 - The Dark Knight Rises

In episode 49, a special edition of the Screen Rant Underground podcast, we review The Dark Knight Rises and discuss what we’d like to see in future Bat-sequels as well as the inevitable Justice League movie.

[0:00] Review: The Dark Knight Rises (read our full written review)

[43:44] The Dark Knight Rises SPOILERS conversation (check out our full spoilers discussion)

[1:57:38] Mailbag, Twitter Handles, and Contact Information

Hosts: Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw (with special guest Ben Moore)



Bonus: Check out the first of our onsite Comic-Con 2012 video blogs – where Anthony, Ben, and Kofi discuss Screen Rant writer Paul Young’s experience with the Walking Dead Escape challenge. Check out the video below or head over to our full Screen Rant vs The Walking Dead Escape: A Comic-Con Experience write-up.

Please Do Not discuss Dark Knight Rises SPOILERS here! For discussion of the film, head over to our Dark Knight Rises SPOILER DISCUSSION page.

Use the comment section below to continue our various discussions by weighing in with your own thoughts – or just to let us know what you think of the show. Also, don’t forget to vote in our weekly Screen Rant Underground poll.


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We release one episode a week and while host Ben Kendrick as well as Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw are standard fare on the podcast, we’ve already lined-up a fun set of guests for future episodes.

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  1. I’m gad to see Bane is getting the respect he deserves. I wrote a thesis on another site earlier about how he is not a henchman in TDKR, which a lot of folks seems to think he is. He planned 80%
    of the attack on Gotham. Talia simply recruited an old ally to do most of the work for her. Not because he’s loyal puppy dog, but because he’s a skilled strategist and mercenary with experience overthrowing governments.

    I really like the voice and I don’t mind the sound mixing of the voice. He does sound otherworldly to begin with and the editing merely served to add to the sense that his disembodied voice was emanating from nowhere and everywhere all at once. I like that the voice seemed to supernaturally boom from all angles. It was a nice compliment to Bane’s omnipotent physical presence.

    The accent itself also sounded as if it originated from everywhere and nowhere. It was an odd amalgamation of British, German, Irish, and Scottish accents. This mixture served to highlight the idea that Hardy’s Bane is an international force of nature. He is the faceless foreign threat from a dozen hypothetical World Wars here to make you suffer for the sins of the past.

    Bane’s voice was also strangely proper for a thuggish mercenary, almost Shakespearean It’s much scarier to have a masked monster speak politely to you while he beats you within an inch of your life. And, for the record, Hardy’s Bane speaks in a manner very similar to his comic counterpart. Yes, the accent is different, but the Bane in Knightfall speaks in eloquent, purple prosaic threats, just like the version in Nolan’s film. You cold picture Hardy’s Bane uttering the line from the comic: “I’d kill to silence a grating voice.”

  2. Where the hell was Batman in his movie? – my only gripe.

  3. screw this i want a place where i can talk about a reboot or an opening to robin replacing batman or to talk about what happened in TDKR

  4. Great episode! I agree with others here, that say you guys sure spent a lot of time criticizing this movie, even you though all loved it, but, as Ben K said in a comment, it’s much easier to discuss the shortcomings of movies than the praises.

    Anyways, I really liked that idea Ben K had about the Joker in Arkham, even just with seeing the door, not actually hearing the voice. I completely understand where Chris Nolan is coming from, how he doesn’t want Heath’s performance in TDK to be touched or undermined by any little detail, such as even mentioning that the Joker died, or he’s still locked up. It would be an insult to his legacy and to a truly incredible performance. That said, I still think Ben’s idea could work, especially if they’d literally spell it out and say “We’re not going to open that door,” having both a literal and figurative meaning.

    And looking back, I agree that the film could have played out better if the Talia reveal was sooner, maybe around the time that the Ras reveal was in BB.

    All in all, great work guys!

  5. I’m going to be honest I didn’t like this episode. I felt like it was 2 hours of nitpicking of a really well done movie. Spider-Man deserved an episode like this and not The Dark Knight Rises.

    This clip explains how it felt to me.

    Kofi = Ed-209
    The Dark Knight Rises/Batman/Christopher Nolan/Everyone = Mr.Kenny
    Ben = “Will someone call a paramedic!!!” Guy

    • It was admittedly more negative than we intended – something I realized when I was editing it. But the conversations we have our candid – and it’s not always easy to keep track of that balance while we’re recording. We tried to bring it back around by the end but it may have been too little too late.

      That said, while I get that people think we were overly-negative, when I see comments like it’s 90% nitpicking, etc I feel like people are dismissing half of what was there – most of the pre-spoilers discussion, Justice League talk, and several other topics were not all that critical (the Joker conversation was spawned from a criticism). Was there too much nitpicking? Definitely. Was it less than ideal (especially for people who really enjoyed the movie)? Yes.

      Ultimately, it’s a good thing for us to be mindful of going forward (and we normally try and find a better balance) but I still think a lot of what was actually said is pretty valid (even if there was too much of it).

      Regardless, as usual, we appreciate everyone taking the time to listen and voice their opinions.

    • PS: I couldn’t stop laughing watching the clip in this context – Kofi is merciless.

      • I still love this podcast. I know some of the points were valid but it was was such a tough episode to get through and I love when you tear a movies apart (paranormal activity/battleship/twilight)but this one was really really negative lol Kofi should be the Ed 209 in the robocop remake haha

        • Not really that tough to get through. It’s not hard to understand, really… “We all know what’s great about this movie, here’s an overview. OK, now let’s delve into what we didn’t like.”

          It’s like when you only hear about bad news, because the happy-go-lucky stuff isn’t as interesting.

  6. I must say you guys have been way way too much critical of the film. A lot of nitpicking. Nearly the whole podcast is about bashing the film. Is it that bad a film? Certainly not. How about spending some (even if only 25%) time on discussing the good things about the film?

  7. there is a lot of “rant” in this podcast. fitting for screenrant, I’d say.

  8. I can see the argument and Nolan maybe outsmarted himself with reveal of Talia which hurt his perception but I don’t see Bane as ahenchman though. He and Talia were in it together as co-conspirators and leaders of League of Shadows. Sure, he helped her, and they had connection from prison but that was just to bridge their relationship. Not his motivations. He was a relutionary, terrorist but he had belief in LOS despite being excommunicated. He (and her) were gonna die for their cause. Plus, he had to do all the things he did and execute everything with the intelligence to pull it off. Fact that he didn’t listen to her shows he has a mind of his own. In the end, it took a big ass cannon gun to take him out and only Kyle was willing to do it. Bane was going to kill him.

  9. you guys really need to improve the soundquality, this is almost unlistenable.

    • Send a letter to Skype. Tell them you are not satisfied. We’ll fork out the dough for hi-tech sound-enhancing tech when we get listener donations.

  10. I went back and listened to this podcast after re-watching TDKR. I agree with much of the positives/negatives you guys talked about in the podcast, and really enjoyed the great level of detail/comics nerdery you went into.

    One correction though: in the All-Star Superman animated film, he doesn’t die like was said in the podcast, he goes to the sun and becomes its new core, like in the comic.