Another day, another few morsels of The Dark Knight Rises news to parse over and obsess about and pass the time for the next two weeks before the film’s official release:  Warner Bros. has released both the official plot synopsis and running time for the massively anticipated new film.

The film, which will be the final entry in the trilogy of Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan, is set for a July 20th release, which basically places it as our last, best hope for a great summer blockbuster (let’s face it, Avengers was fun but silly, Prometheus was silly but not fun, and The Amazing Spider-Man, well, at least we’ve got the first two Raimi films).  And now we have the official plot synopsis for the film—though, to be fair, most of this has been guessed and pieced together already by fans for the past few months:

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

So there you have it—Batman returns from a near-decade of retirement to fight Bane, and everything goes all to hell.  Not exactly surprising news, but we’ll take whatever we can get at this point.

In other Bat-news, Warner Bros. announced that the official running time for The Dark Knight Rises is 164 minutes.  That’s two hours and 44 minutes—meaning that on July 20th, the legend ends and the butt-numbing begins.

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Source: Batman News / Coming Soon