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Early critics like “The Dark Knight Rises,” but not as much as its predecessor

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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 9:34 am, Thu Jul 19, 2012.

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t’s been the summer for superheroes to hit the big screen, starting with the smash hit “The Avengers,” but this weekend, the Dark Knight is back, and looks to be the hit of the summer.

“The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters on Friday, and critics are already calling it a success.

The lingering question is, can the newest Dark Knight movie match the intensity of the first “Dark Knight” from four years ago?

The movie won the late Heath Ledger an Oscar, and was a huge success.

In the newest film, which opened in New York earlier this week, we find Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) living as a recluse in Gotham City after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s (Aaron Eckhart) crimes.

With Gotham City blaming him for Dent’s death, Batman has disappeared over the last four years.

While it will be hard to beat Ledger’s expert portrayal of the Joker, the new Dark Knight movie has cast Anne Hathway to play Selina Kyle, who is better known as Catwoman.

Critics are already giving the movie’s writer/director Chris Nolan props for how Hathaway takes the Catwoman character on and owns it.

The final of the epic triology has one other villain. Bane (Tom Hardy) plays the villain with his face covered by a grille that feeds him medicine to alleviate pain he’s suffered from childhood. 

New to this movie is also the “50/50” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays an orphan like Bruce Wayne, and knows Batman’s true identity.

While early reviews say the newest version of Batman doesn’t top the original “Dark Knight,” they are in general agreement that it’s still a great film.

While critics have already gotten to see and review the nearly three-hour film, the rest of us will have to wait until this weekend where theaters are expected to be packed as Batman rises again.

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