It's arguably the biggest film of the year, so of course it's going to get a rating that allows the most amount of people to see it. Yes, The Dark Knight Rises is PG-13, as was The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, which isn't all that surprising. What is at least a little interesting is that unlike The Dark Knight -- which was PG-13 for "intense sequences of violence and some menace" -- The Dark Knight Rises is PG-13 for "intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language." Some "sensuality" leads us to believe that Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is to blame for that specific new addition, though we'll have to see when the film drops on July 20th. We're not sure how far out The Dark Knight was rated, but it's the beginning of April and the fact that this film has its rating already means they have the cut they're happy with, paving the way for Warner Bros. to screen that sucker as far in advance as they feel is warranted.
Meanwhile, check out this cool image discovered by Reddit users. It analyzes the characters of Batman and Bane by showing how similar (and different) they really are, perhaps further identifying exactly why one is the hero and the other is the villain.