The Dark Knight Rises
What not to say: As with Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises offers up a triple threat of spoilers: 1) Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Robin, 2) Marion Cotillard is Talia al Ghul (and not just wealthy businesswoman Miranda Tate) and 3) Bane was her protector in the seemingly inescapable prison that was The Pit. Perhaps there’s a fourth spoiler in the ghostly reappearance Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul, and a fifth in Scarecrow's cameo, but these are nothing compared to the first key three.
Beating the (highlight to reveal) Moneypenny mention for the Clunkiest Reveal Cup (but not Charlize Theron’s “father…” in Prometheus) is the awkward way the information on Detective John Blake’s birth certificate was announced. Sure, Robin is a nice name for a bird or a hirsute comedian, but wasn’t there a slicker way of sneaking that in? Making a reference to Dick Grayson might have been a better, more subtle shout.
As for the Talia / Bane twist, that was handled much more gracefully, with repeat viewings revealing just how obvious-but-not-obvious-at-first-glance it was that Miranda Tate was a bad ‘un, as shown by her sudden appearances out of nowhere and her flock of armed bodyguards.
Did we see it coming? Many suspected that Gordon-Levitt might have some sort of Robin connection, but Bane’s relationship with Talia came pretty much out of the blue. As for Cotillard being Talia, film fans familiar with the comic book character joined the dots pretty easily after paparazzi shots hit the web showing her stepping into a tumbler in surprisingly oriental garb.
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