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The Dark Knight Rises: The Official Novelization

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Every hero has a journey...
Every journey has an end...

Eight years have passed since Batman was last seen in Gotham City. Bruce Wayne's alter ego is hunted by the law, and nothing--it seems--can bring him back. Not even a brazen theft committed by the enigmatic and seductive cat burglar Selina Kyle--inside the walls of Wayne Manor itself.

But then a deadly new threat appears
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 07, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5

I don't even know how to "rate" this book. I'll just go for middle ground.

Movie novelisations are usually pretty boring; I mainly got this book because I knew it would be more like a "companion" to the film, as there were a lot of unanswered questions that The Dark Knight Rises left gaping open. (And yes, it can act as a translator for Bane's speech, though to be fair, his sound had been considerably altered in post-production, so he was mostly decipherable)

Does the novel answer quest
Aug 15, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seems to be the year I turn to movie novelizations for reading material, as Greg Cox's adaptation of The Dark Knight Rises marks the third novel of this ilk that I've read this year. The best novelizations in my view deliver the action of the film in printed form, while taking any opportunities to expand the storyline or deepen characterizations in a meaningful way. As such, this book falls somewhere in between -- better than most, but not as good as it could've been.

The Dark Knight Rises p
Nick Benson
Aug 23, 2012 Nick Benson rated it it was ok
The book was well written, (albeit at a teenage level)and the story was scene for scene the movie. So whatever problems I or anyone has with the movie they exist exactly the same in the book. It also offers some insight into what the characters are thinking which at times plays out like a cheesy private detective novel: 'Is this review too harsh,' Nick thought to himself as he read the words back, 'never mind that,' he concluded, 'there is no room for mercy in this cold world.'

Jul 28, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Batman fans, The Dark Knight Rises fans
I'm rating this a 4 out of 5 as it does a good job of capturing the plot lines of the film and clarified a few points for me that I missed while watching it. A few times there was the sense that perhaps the novelization was based on a early script rather than the finished film as some touches were missing. I'm not talking about anything major, I mean little things like the scene with the orphan boy drawing bat symbols with chalk that was in the trailer and in the final film but is not mentioned ...more
Michael Lloyd
Jul 25, 2012 Michael Lloyd rated it liked it
A tightly-written, faithful adaptation that retains the grand/blockbuster pace of the film well. Those looking for 'deleted scenes' will be disappointed. The only real additions are Cox's takes on the characters' thoughts between their spoken lines, although it appears that most people's inner monologues are staggeringly dull and literal ("Whoa...did he just say what I think he said?" is one such groaner from the opening chapter). Ultimately, this delivers exactly what it promises: a good read f ...more
Jun 19, 2013 R.E. added it
There's a couple of great tidbits of information that were not in the movie. A few scenes are written differently than they were filmed. It's a perfectly reasonable use of $6.
Jul 28, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-collection, batman
Cleared up a few things for me. Don't know why they explained Bane's mask in the book but not the movie. Can't wait to see the movie again :D
Jan 26, 2013 Yessenia rated it really liked it
As awesome as the movie :) I especially liked the extras that weren't in the movie.
Milo (Bane of Kings)
Original Post:

“An epic story, some amazing set-pieces and moves at a spectacularly fast pace, the novel may not be as good as the film but it’s something that shouldn’t be overlooked.” ~The Founding Fields

The novelization of The Dark Knight Rises is the first movie tie-in that I brought since the novelization for the third Pirates of the Caribbean Movie, and to be honest, I don’t even know why I brought that. I didn’t even like the film, and the version
William Wilson
Jun 09, 2015 William Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memes
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Nov 11, 2015 Harry007 rated it liked it
Shelves: action
I've always been a bit conflicted about the movie, so I wasn't looking forward to reading this book, but over the course of my journey, I understood there was nothing to worry about. This being the novelisation to a very flawed movie, you would think some things could be rectified on paper. Fortunately, the confusion caused by the movie is rectified here. This story works best on paper, not as a film directed by Christopher Nolan. The movie had a seriously weird tone, but you don't really pictur ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Enrique rated it it was amazing
So I watched The Dark Knight Rises in theatres and was blown away. After dissapointments with The Amazing Spiderman and Prometheus it felt good to watch a good film since The Avengers. Whilst strolling through Wall-Mart with Dark Knight fever I stumbled upon the novelization and immediately bought it. And I must say this was worth my money.

Even if you have seen the movie already I would recommened that you read the book. Basically the book is exactly like the movie but in page format. Though as
Mar 06, 2013 Dawson rated it it was amazing
The Dark Knight Rises novelization was really good. I would recommend it because it is a great tale of redemption and bravery - how a man who was on top of the world falls to the bottom and rises up from the ashes. This book is best suited for Batman fans, but is still a great tale on its own. The title fits as well as a key fits in its lock - there is perhaps no other that would be better.

Bruce Wayne has been inactive as Batman for eight years ever since the death of his love, Rachel Dawes, at
Dec 28, 2012 Toby rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-superheroes
Greg Cox's novelized version delves deeper into the final instalment of The Dark Knight Trilogy.

If you simply expect the screenplay to be transformed into prose, then you'll be happy to know that Cox has done this admirably well.

Added descriptions and character thoughts give further dimensions to the story, especially to the explosive, chaotic scenes and the Joker's whereabouts and past havocs.

The writing, however, can be a bit juvenile, cringe-inducing at times and not all dialogue and scenes
Sep 11, 2012 Adarsh rated it it was amazing

I enjoyed it to the core.

I am not saying the book is better than the movie. That is just impossible.

But, if anyone wants to relive the TDKR magic or if anyone wants more finer details of the movie or if anyone wants to read and savor all the dialogues or even if anyone just wants to read a good, action-packed book, they should definitely give this book a try!

Advantages of reading the official novelization:

1. You get to stretch the movie length from 165 mins to 300 mins.

2. You get to hear t
Aug 08, 2012 Felts rated it liked it
Shelves: super-hero, movie
Oh! So that was what Bane said! Now that I know what he and the other characters were saying, I think I get it. Maybe I'll go see the film again and take this book along with me so that I can read along when the muffling mask and the annoyingly loud soundtrack and special effects playing while main plot points are being said won't detract from my enjoying the movie this time! (gasp, sigh)

The Dark Knight Rises actually is a very good script and ending to a fine trilogy of movies. This novelizatio
Oct 07, 2013 Cherie rated it really liked it
Bruce Wayne will don Batman’s cowl one last time in Greg Cox’s The Dark Knight Rises.

This novelization of the movie on the same name completes Christopher Nolen’s Dark Knight trilogy. I read the other two novelizations of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I must admit I enjoyed them a bit more than this one because they delved deeper than the movies. The Dark Knight Rises went by the movie with very little extra.

The writing was fast-paced yet felt a bit simplistic at times. I loved the introduc
Alexander Draganov
Jan 30, 2013 Alexander Draganov rated it it was amazing
I was wondering whether I should give this book four or five star rating, but I decided to be generous. There are several reasons for that. First, I love the epic story of Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer - Rises is by far my favorite Batman movie. Second, the book was a gripping read and it was hard for me to put it down, which is always a bonus. And third - while the novelization of Greg Cox is not as impressive as what Matthew Stover did with the "Revenge of the Sith" it i ...more
Julian 9-6
Sep 30, 2012 Julian 9-6 rated it it was amazing
A quote in this book that caught my attention is "your not batman anymore". Alfred says this to Bruce when they are deciding if he should come out of hiding to stop this new masked named Bane. This Bane is terrorizing the city and no one is doing anything about it. The police have tried to stop his acts of terrorism yet they cant do it without the dark knight. That quote stood out to me because I felt the emotion of Alfred caing for Bruce. Alfred feels that Bruce wants to be defeated so that he ...more
Jacqueline Sauer
Aug 02, 2012 Jacqueline Sauer rated it it was amazing
If you loved The Dark Knight Rises (or Nolan's trilogy as a whole) you will enjoy this book. It goes line for line and scene for scene from the film (hence, novelization) but with momentary glimpses into the characters emotions and overall tidbits that might have otherwise been missed. The writing wasn't anything spectacular; with minor typos (Blake's name is misspelled as Black at one point) and the occasional missing preposition (the, to) etc. it could have been more refined (hello Mr editor!) ...more
The Dark Knight Rises official novelization picks up eight years later, after the death of Harvey Dent and the arrest of The Joker. Batman has not been seen for the last eight years, and Bruce Wayne has been in hiding. But a mysterious, yet sexy, cat burglar arrives into Bruce's life as well as Batman's, as well as a deadly new threat by the name of Bane. Bruce has no choice but to put on the mask one last time and save Gotham once more.

I loved the book. I've always been a fan of Batman ever sin
Alexandra Hale
Mar 24, 2013 Alexandra Hale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
I have no idea at all where to begin with this book. It was good and that is saying something since novelizations always suck.For once I was able to read a novelization in which I actually knew what was going on. Yes Cox did take a lot of the dialogue from the movie but still it was fantastic. Considering the hardcore music in the background of the movie and how they were practically whispering, it was nice to read the book and be like oh, so that is what they were saying, or wow she just verba ...more
Eric Zulueta
Aug 14, 2014 Eric Zulueta rated it really liked it
A faithful novelization of the concluding chapter of the most engrossing (in my opinion) movie serial on the Batman to-date.

I was (sort of) disappointed on one aspect.. The story thread on Ras al Ghul built up from the previous novelizations by Dennis O'Neil - with hints of a Lazarus Pit, etc. This novel does away with that and basically started Ras' story after he climbed out of The Pit - and he was supposed to be a "mercenary".

With that aside, it was an enjoyably fast read - and fills in backs
Sep 23, 2012 Kati rated it really liked it
That's how a novelization should be written! Greg Cox doesn't add any new scenes that weren't in the movie itself but he lets the reader peek at the characters' thoughts and emotions. I wanted to learn more about Talia and Bane and I did a bit, most importantly though, their genuine affection and devotion to each other was confirmed by this book. And we also learned more about John Blake and Commissioner Gordon! Batman and Catwoman have never been a big draw for me in this book/movie so I apprec ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action-thriller

This book was a bit of an impulse buy for me, I loved the movie, and I was very excited to read this book. It did not disappoint, Bruce, Blake, Selina, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon are amazing characters! You really get a more in depth look at the characters like, Alfred, Blake and Jim Gordon...then you do in the movie. If I pegged the movie and book head to head...I would have to say that the book came out on top, there may have been ALOT more detail and action in the movie, but the detail of t
Feb 19, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
Finally! A movie novelization that sticks to its source material! I have grown tired of novelizations that try to add so much original material that you begin to wonder if it's even based on the movie. Then, with these novelizations, it seems the authors get so engrossed in adding their own material that they get caught by a deadline and have to rush the climax of the story. (For ex: The Dark Knight, by Dennis O'Neil.) The Dark Knight Rises adaptation by Greg Cox is a welcomed exception. This no ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it
I loved this book as much as I loved the movie. Of course I saw the movie before I read the book because I think the book came out after the movie. Christopher Nolan wanting to be all secretive and what not. This book was so close to the movie I felt like I was watching the movie the whole time I was reading. The author did a wonderful job of getting the reader inside the character's head and did a wonderful job getting around to every detail that happened in the movie. Great book! Highly recomm ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Mahomet rated it it was amazing
When I watched the film, I remember how instantly gripped I was by the notion of the so called "Clean Slate," which was Selina Kyle's main motive. This particular contrivance would allow her to erase herself from any database and thus making her cease to exist. That was enough for Nolan's Catwoman to climb all the way up to my favourites! And I'm not so sure myself, whether I'm reviewing the novelizaion or the film.
Aug 08, 2012 Brady rated it it was ok
It was a good retelling of the movie in some ways, but when the author attempted to narrate the thoughts of the characters, I cringed. The thoughts were often as cheesy as the 1960's Batman TV show. It was full of horrible puns and awful clinches.

Also, a few other lines in the book took away from its brilliance. For example, near the beginning the author used the follow sentence: "other sounds began to be heard." This horrible sentence stuck with me for the rest of the book.

Aug 15, 2012 Therese rated it really liked it
I don't believe I have ever done that before - read a novelization of a movie I had just seen. However, I am a huge Batman/Dark Knight/Christian Bale fan and didn't care for this 3rd movie mostly because I couldn't understand Bane and also because it really is such a dark movie.
At any rate, I read the book on a flight from CA to MPLS and it was a decent read and I think I can watch the movie more appreciatively the second time around.
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