The Dark Knight rises, the final Christopher Nolan Batman installment was released on Friday
In a year that’s already been pretty big on cinematic excitement (so far we’ve oohed and ahhed our way through Avengers Assemble
, The Hunger Game
s and the Spiderman
reboot), Friday’s release of The Dark Knight Rises
, the final part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, hit new levels of wow factor.
The fanboys loved the depth and reality that Nolan gave to the DC hero, the film critics loved the gritty yet artistic treatment of a comic book favourite by the director of classics like Memento
, and everyone just went wild for the action, the drama and the pure acting chops of leading man Christian Bale and a supporting cast that radiated the star power of Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Ann Hathaway.
Christian Bale as Batman's alter-ego, Bruce Wayne
Fashion fans too might find themselves intrigued - Bale as Bruce Wayne and then the caped crusader broods and battles his way to redemption, and does so with a dark, moody aesthetic that just about perfectly encapsulates one of A/W 12’s biggest menswear trends. Batman stalks the streets of Gotham so beautifully he may as well be on Paris catwalk.
Rick Owens Autumn/Winter 12
In The Dark Knight Rises
Batman’s chief adversaries are the battered trench-coat wearing, steroid powered muscle machine that is Tom Hardy’s Bane, and the PVC catsuit clad Catwoman, played by the aforementioned Hathaway, both of whom adhere to the film’s stark, metropolitan setting and foreboding tone of danger and disarray. And no-one feels this more than Bruce Wayne, who goes about his business (professional and vigilante) in a series of flowing black coats, inky knits and close fitting dark leather.
Ann Demeulemeester Autumn/Winter 12
It’s a look that follows straight through to the upcoming Autumn/Winter season, and though year after year black separates pop up on the runway as a safe staple, this time they’re even more prominent and shadowy. Ann Demeulemeester
, always a fan of a gothic edge, sent out top to toe black ensembles, with shin skimming heavy coats and shirts that seemed to meld into one, whilst American in Paris Rick Owens
went for a more action-ready look, his signature leather jackets darker and glossier than ever, accessorised with fingerless gloves and high-tech scarves for an added touch of menacing glamour.
It looks like The Dark Knight Rises
might actually be a case of read the book (comic), seen the film and bought the t-shirt. Only this time the t-shirt is a long dark coat. And one that’s certainly worth wearing.