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The Dark Knight Rises Voted Best Film Of The Decade

Simon Binns

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The Dark Knight Rises Voted Best Film Of The Decade

Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises has been crowned the best film of the last decade after topping a huge LADbible poll.


The 2012 box office hit, directed by Christopher Nolan, saw off The Wolf of Wall Street, Inception (also directed by Nolan) and Toy Story 3 as the best film of the past ten years after a series of votes.

We put the top-grossing films up against each other in a series of Twitter polls across four days, with each of the winners facing down in a grand final.

And Christian Bale's final outing as Batman came out on top - although it was a close call.

It got just over 38 percent of the 11.6k votes, just edging out 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street, which bagged 37 percent.

The film was the final installment in Nolan's darker Batman trilogy and featured Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Talia al Ghul.

It also signalled the end for Bale's time as Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego - although he told LADbible he didn't know as much at the time.

Earlier in the week, Inception won the first poll, taking almost half of the 6.4k votes cast, edging out Shutter Island and animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.

The following day, The Dark Knight Rises began its charge to victory by beating up Avengers: Endgame, Logan and, fittingly, Joker, taking 37 percent of the vote.

Toy Story 3 won Wednesday's vote, taking 40 percent of the 13.3k votes and edging out recent Scorsese flick The Irishman and Interstellar - yes, Chris Nolan again.

The final group was absolutely savaged by The Wolf of Wall Street, which took 82 percent of the 10.6k votes to set up the big showdown.

The Wolf of Wall Street managed a very respectable international gross of $392m (£300m) - an amount probably considered pocket change at one time by the film's subject Jordan Belfort.

Director Martin Scorsese and lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio brought the autobiography of the US financial trader to life, charting a remarkable and utterly chaotic rise and fall. Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill co-starred.

Credit: Paramount
Credit: Paramount

The Dark Knight Rises was the biggest money spinner of Nolan's three Batman films, taking $1.085bn - slightly ahead of 2008's The Dark Knight, which famously featured Oscar-winning Heath Ledger as The Joker.

Director Nolan never intended to make a trilogy, or even a sequel to Batman Begins, but he said that the three films just 'unfolded' in front of him.

Nolan told Film Comment in 2012: "Batman Begins is very much an origin story, and Gotham is viewed in quite symbolic, quite romantic terms. With The Dark Knight, we really switched genres. We're looking at the media, the police, the wealthy, the poor; Gotham takes on that sort of crime epic idea of what a city is.

"Then, in Dark Knight Rises, we really move more into the disaster movie.

Christopher Nolan. Credit: PA
Christopher Nolan. Credit: PA

"For me, The Dark Knight Rises is specifically and definitely the end of the Batman story as I wanted to tell it, and the open-ended nature of the film is simply a very important thematic idea that we wanted to get into the movie, which is that Batman is a symbol. He can be anybody, and that was very important to us.

"To me, for that mission to succeed, it has to end, so this is the ending for me, and as I say, the open-ended elements are all to do with the thematic idea that Batman was not important as a man, he's more than that. He's a symbol, and the symbol lives on."

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

Topics: TV and Film

Simon Binns
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