The Batman Rises is a 2013 superhero action film based on the DC Comics character Batman starring Eric Bana, Christina Hendricks, Geoffrey Rush, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe. It is a loose remake of the 1943 Batman serial.
A Japanese scientist who was thought to be dead, Dr. Daka, is discovered to be alive and plotting to turn the citizens of Gotham City into his mindless zombie-like army. However, Police Commissioner James Gordon is unable to prove it. Daka meets Bruce Wayne at a a party at Wayne Manor, where Bruce is also introduced to Vicki Vale, a reporter investigating the mysterious Batman, a masked vigilante who fights crime by night in Gotham. Unbeknownst to everyone but his faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne is in fact Batman.
Bruce begins to court Vicki while also investigating Daka as Batman. Over the course of the story, the mystery unravels and it becomes clear that Daka is not who he claims to be at all; he is in fact Ra's Al Ghul, the head of the deadly League of Shadows, of which Bruce was a member during his self-imposed exile from Gotham. This makes the conflict more personal for Bruce.
Through her own journalistic investigations, Vicki is able to figure out the Batman's true identity and confronts Bruce. He finally confesses but she agrees not to publish her findings. Bruce agrees that they will continue to date, but first he must put an end to Daka's plans.
Daka takes over Arkham Asylum and tries to turn the inmates into his minions. Batman fights his way inside as Gordon and his men surround the building. Batman finally confronts Daka and they fight. The scuffle culminates in Daka's seeming defeat when he falls into a waterway and is swept away.
Some time later, Bruce and Vicki take a trip to Japan so that Vicki can write a report while also pursuing romantic interest in each other. Unexpectedly, Vicki is kidnapped by Daka, who is actually alive, and he brings her to his lair in his 'Funhouse of Horrors.' Batman follows them and confronts Daka. After thei final conflict, Daka falls into a crocdile pit and is devoured. Afterward, Bruce confronts Vicki and tells her it is to dangerous for them to pursue a relationship. Vicki is upset but knows that he is right. The film closes on Batman continuing his war on crime.
Eric Bana - Bruce Wayne/The Batman
Geoffrey Rush - Alfred Pennyworth
Bryan Cranston - Commissioner James Gordon
Christina Hendricks - Vicki Vale
Billy Dee Williams - Lucius Fox
Ken Watanabe - Dr. Daka/Ra's Al Ghul
The film was followed by The Batman Strikes.