Thursday, 19 July 2012
Does Batman Die In The Dark Knight Rises - Spoiler Alert
Does Batman die in The Dark Knight Rises? This seems to be the question on everyone's lips after David Letterman publicly declared that Batman was dead on his show last week. Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy may be over, but that does not mean someone else cannot pick up the mantle and continue the adventures.
Spoilers ahead - DO NOT read unless you have seen the Dark Knight Rises!
Bane's presence in The Dark Knight Rises should be an indicator of sorts if you are a fan of the comics. Bane is known for breaking Batman's back in the DC Comics. Similar to Christopher Nolan's Inception, where Leonardo DiCaprio spins the top and the film ends abruptly, you are left wondering did it topple or did it keep spinning?
In The Dark Knight Rises, Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) appears on the Batpod and kills Bane after Talia Al Ghul (Miranda Kate) wounds Batman. In order to prevent Bane's masterplan of using the Nuclear Fission Device developed by Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) from Wayne Enterprises to destroy Gotham, Batman puts it inside the Bat and flies it out to sea. The resulting explosion doesn't kill anyone and Batman's body is never found.
Alfred (Michael Caine) is alone once more and decides to continue his travels around the world in his master's absence. When he visits Paris, an earlier memory in the film is alluded to where Alfred had discussed Bruce's happiness with him. Alfred then sees Bruce Wayne with Selina Kyle seated next to him in a cafe. They both acknowledge each other. This scene is more likely to be a metaphor for Bruce finally having found peace and happiness, so it would seem Batman dies. This is a typical Christopher Nolan ending, open to interpretation.
The end of the film also features Officer John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who is still searching for Bruce Wayne, and ventures into the abandoned Wayne Manor after Alfred leaves. He discovers the concealed waterfall entrance into the Batcave, and trips a switch, raising the platform wherein Batman's iconic outfit is stored.
Blake is also referred by his Christian name of Robin when he picks up a uniform that has been left behind by Wayne. This could be a lead into the next set of films.
With all of this and the final film in Nolan's trilogy finally upon us, do you think this all means that Batman dies? Does Batman die in the Dark Knight Rises? Comment below on your thoughts?
Update: A few inconsistencies above have since been updated based on comments below.