Of all the stories in The Dark Knight Rises, one of the most intriguing is that the Joker, who was originally the main villain in the previous Batman films, has been cut from the film entirely. It's not completely unheard of, however; there are some instances where an antagonist has been toned down or reduced to a mere footnote, leaving the film to function on its own without the handicap of a major presence. In fact, Dark Waters, which stars Christian Bale as Batman and Tom Hardy as The Joker, is one of those movies.
While the plot of the film centers around the usual Batman-Superman conflict, it has also become a sequel with a completely new cast of characters, most of whom come to Gotham City specifically for the purpose of trying to find Batman. Hence, the only way in which this movie could possibly be classified as a sequel is if it were a new character and Batman faced his greatest challenge yet in The Dark Knight Rises. Although it remains to be seen how this individual story is going to develop, it certainly seems as though a sequel will be coming.
With the premise and the story already established, the real struggle comes in when deciding whether the script and the direction are good enough to make the necessary changes for the adaptation of The Dark Waters movie. Director Christopher Nolan is most noted for his innovative sense of cinematography, so his propensity to use close-ups and long shots may have some of his colleagues concerned. Fortunately, Nolan has proven he is capable of handling the transition from film to animation without problems, so this particular issue should not pose a problem to him.
However, the problem that Batman Begins had (which is perhaps why audiences liked it) is still a problem with this adaptation of Dark Waters. There are too many extended shots, which often feel like they drag on for far too long and are tiring for the viewers. These scenes are, also, plagued by the minor inconsistency of the director's use of camera angles, which can take viewers out of the action or create a two-dimensional feel. In addition, one also finds it hard to get involved in the various storylines, because of the often drastic changes in the visual medium, and the frequent failure to keep up with the consistent pacing of the original Batman films.
The Dark Waters movie is interesting, but would have benefitted from its predecessor's proper adaptation. With this said, it's not at all an awful film but can still be very entertaining.
Unfortunately, this second Batman film by Christopher Nolan doesn't improve on the current incarnation of The Dark Waters novel. While there are several interesting new storylines and plots, one of the biggest problems remains the lack of compelling villains. Even though Bane, Penguin, and the Riddler are all set to appear in this movie, they're all inferior to The Joker and his sheer evilness.
The reason why it's difficult to imagine any of these villains adding any spice to the overall story is that each of them is given a distinct motive and purpose; therefore, the movie gets sidetracked every time we see another villain. It isn't all bad, however, since each of these villains have their own distinct personalities, which certainly helps to differentiate their impact from the others.
Regardless of the fact that this second Batman film by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Waters, is a great story and a genuinely entertaining film, it does have a number of flaws that it needs to work on. Although the movie is certainly exciting and gripping, it isn't quite as deep as the other Batman movies.