The delay only increased anticipation.
As filming began on The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan repeatedly stated that the film is the FINAL chapter in his Batman story. Marking a definitive end.
The wait is now unbearable.
The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. It is directed by Christopher Nolan. The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for release July 20, 2012.