Easily #1, The Dark Knight Rises will end Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's Batman trilogy that began seven years ago with Batman Begins. 2008's The Dark Knight was lauded critically and commercially and fans are expecting more of the same for Rises. With the additions of Tom Hardy as Bane and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, as well as smaller roles filled by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, Rises features another amazing cast. What remains to be seen is what path Nolan will take with his hero. Set eight years after the end of The Dark Knight, the story will revolve around a graying Bruce Wayne. Will Nolan take Batman to places unexplored in comic book films? Will the hero meet his maker in Bane? The looming threat of Batman's death makes The Dark Knight Rises the most anticipated comic book film ever made.