I saw it last night with a few friends, and I am quite certain I liked more than any of them. There were a few problems I had, but I did like it quite a bit.
This is a weird nitpick, but while I didn't mind that the Pittsburgh Steelers were replaced by the Gotham team (which makes me think that maybe in the Movie U Gotham is where Pittsburgh is, not that it matters in the least), it took me out of the moment that they were playing another fictional DC Universe city. I don't think I would have minded if it was Metropolis or even Coast City, but I think the added realism of having Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger made me want a real team in there. (I'm sure there were some I didn't recognize... after I saw Ben Roethlisberger and knew Ward was going to be in it, I looked for Troy Polamalu but didn't see him anywhere.)
Incidentally, I was sitting right next to a guy who works for the Colts, and he was saying out loud, "Booo! Wrong team!" I think he thought we would all think it was funny, but no.
I thought they were playing a team from Rapid City, SD. They don't have an NFL franchise (that I know of), but it's a real city.
Pittsburgh doesn't have a bay.
Wandering Sensei said:
(which makes me think that maybe in the Movie U Gotham is where Pittsburgh is, not that it matters in the least),
Okay. Well, that's fine. As I said, that part doesn't matter in the least.
Rich Lane said:
Pittsburgh doesn't have a bay.
Gotham City is, apparently, in Gotham State — when they're cut off, the officers on the bridge keeping people from leaving are wearing uniforms that say "Gotham State Police" on them.
(This explains why, in The Dark Knight, we see license plates that say "Gotham" on them; at the time, I thought it was ridiculous that they would try to present a license plate had a city rather a state on it...)
I just got back from seeing it. First impressions -- WHOA! I spent half the movie with my jaw in my lap, between the "Oh, no they didn't!" moments and the "I read that story!" moments.
Well and truly done.
Other thoughts (as per usual practice, I haven't read the rest of this thread -- yet):
I know a lot of people didn't care for Tom Hardy's/Bane's voice, but I seriously thought it was glorious.
I wasn't crazy about Bane's voice -- it didn't kill the movie for me, but I just didn't quite buy that it was coming out of him -- and though I haven't seen Highlander, I did think Connery.
The bit at the end with Alfred at his table just giving a nod to Bruce and Selina at their table was spot-on. No grand reconciliation? No walking up to him and giving him a hug? Chalk that up to proper British reserve. After all, Alfred has kept Bruce's secrets for Bruce's entire life; no reason for him to stop now.
And I agree; it was important for us to see that Bruce was alive. And it was important to see who he was with. How long that might last ... who knows? It's enough that they're together for today.
I saw it today and it was very good. A bit surprised that they said eight years had passed between films, the difference being a man in his prime and starting to slow down.