The most striking feature that can be recalled from the viewing is the "happy ending". This is unheard of in Batman movie storytelling.
The cave is a reference to Plato's Republic. I enjoyed the scene when Bruce throws the rope down into the cave so all of them can come into the light. That is NOT what Plato said to do.
On only constant throughout the Trilogy is that the city must be saved (Plato).
The Jacobin terror is surely lost on the majority of the audience.
The illusion of choice, "Exile or Death", is the same end.
On initial viewing, I am tempted to state that Bruce is spirit and the four men at his grave are the four elements.
Bane state the light hurts his eyes and he is comfortable in the shadows (Plato).
Ultimately, we must understand the masses can not be told the truth. They must be lied to about Harvey Dent. Harvey is made a hero for the sake of the city for the preceding eight years (the city must be preserved, Plato). At the end of the movie, Harvey is replaced by the deceased Batman, literally an idol, that the vulgar can focus their attention. The majority must have something physical that they can relate to for they are still immature (physic verses pneumatic, Saint Paul).
Does Selina Kyle represent Sophia lost in the material world and to be redeemed by Bruce (Christ)? Does Bruce abandon the four elements for the woman that has lost her way?
Once the movie hits the dollar theatre (still only $1 in Terre Haute), I will be able to write more concerning this Trilogy.
Of course, gentle reader, if I unexpectedly blow my entertainment budget on multiple viewing of "Magic Mike" (Mike=Michael=The one who is like God), my final analysis of "The Dark Knight Rise" will be delayed.