I happened to have slapped in The Dark Knight Rises in my Blu-ray player to kill some time. I had no ulterior motive but to pass the time. But then it being a Christopher Nolan film, that tends to make me watch with more of a keen eye than most movies.
But after watching the film, I indeed, had a few inquiries!
If you haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises, and plan to, then either proceed at your own risk or go away. A few spoilers are likely to spill forth was I speak my thoughts here!
You’ve been warned.
We all love our “movie conjecture” games and we all love it when filmmakers create the kind of content that helps make these moments keeping us wondering long after the final credits have rolled on the big silver screen.
Such is the case with Agent Coulson appearing to die in The Avengers. Thus we wondered if Bruce Wayne survived the A-bomb explosion at the end of The Dark Knight Rises.
We all “knew” that this was Christopher Nolan’s last Dark Knight themed Batman movie. It was the trilogy-closing chapter. In it we saw Bruce confront Bane, get broken, and come back. We were introduced to “Robin,” of sorts, and we were also introduced to how the mantle of the Batman could be carried on.
But as the movie winds down, and Bane’s A-bomb threatens everyone in the city, it’s up to our hero to save the day.
But there were so many curious moments or mentions to distract us from a clean ending.
For one, was Alfred’s fantasy at the beginning of the movie. His hope of one day seeing Bruce in a cafe in Paris, living out his life. (In that scene, the seats were all dark red and there were dark red roses on Alfred’s table.)
Another point was the issue with the Bat. The autopilot was broken, per Lucius Fox. And as the movie was winding down, Batman even told Catwoman that the autopilot was broken and that he would have to pilot it manually while dragging the bomb out to sea.
And then we watched Batman fly the bomb out to sea and watch it explode.
But then we see Bruce’s private funeral. We watch Alfred at his favorite Cafe in Paris, seeing Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle at another table. And some workers letting Lucius Fox know that the autopilot was indeed fixed.
(The seat colors were a light red and the flowers on Alfred’s table were a variety, not red, like in his first vision. I have no clue if the different colors mean anything, but I had noticed them.)
So what was that? Was Alfred hallucinating? Did Bruce actually get out of the Bat on the way out to the explosion scene?
And most importantly to me, was a question posed to Bruce Wayne, by Selina, right after he broke back into Gotham City.
Selina: Do you have your powerful friend on the case?
Bruce: I’m trying but I need Lucius Fox.
What I find curious about this interchange was how Selina asked this question. Why would she phrase it that way? She already knew who Bruce was. They were alone. There was no need for hiding his identity. But then again, how did Bruce get out of the Bat in time to get far enough away from the blast? He was shown piloting the craft mere moments before the explosion.
Well, my only guesses I have for those last two points is this old marketing promo art that came out for The Dark Knight Rises early on in the marketing campaign… Look under the tip of the left wing, and my subsequent close-up:
And if you look at the cover of your DVD/Blu-ray:
It could all be completely coincidental clues that I’m seeing. It doesn’t help my mental state, with Nolan producing the upcoming Man of Steel movie either! (I’m secretly hoping to see some sort of nod in that movie. Hey, we can all hope! Can’t we?)