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Eight years after Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) went into reclusion after Batman agreed to take the rap for the death of Harvey Dent, Bruce/Batman is forced out of hiding to take on Bane (Tom Hardy), a former member of the League of Shadows who is bent on fulfilling Ra's Al Ghul's (Liam Neeson) mission to destroy Gotham City. Fortunately, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) has maintained all of Bruce's Batgear and with Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) promoted to CEO of the business, Batman teams up with elusive jewel thief Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) to stop Bane. But whose side is Selina really on?

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Dark Knight Rises can be found here.

The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, preceded by Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). It was filmed from a screenplay co-written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan and a story by Nolan and American screenwriter David S. Goyer.

Someone who watches The Dark Knight Rises first should be able to follow the overall story. However, there are many story references to the first two films. Important story elements like why Batman is in seclusion, who Harvey Dent was and what he did, and who Ra's Al Ghul and the League of Shadows are, will not be understood by someone who has not seen the two movies before this one.

He retired because he wasn't needed anymore after taking the fall for Harvey Dent. He told Gordon in the hospital dialogue, that "The Batman wasn't needed anymore. We won." This is because the goal of Batman was to be a symbol that inspired people to fight Gotham's criminal and corrupt, as stated Batman Begins. Since most of the cops were corrupt, Batman had to do this by vigilante means. Batman did this by waging war on organized crime--the root of the criminal and corrupt.

By The Dark Knight, he inspired both the copycat vigilantes and Harvey Dent to fight the criminal and corrupt. Bruce preferred the latter over the former as he told Alfred that "[the vigilantes] weren't what I had in mind when I wanted to inspire people". Bruce believes that Harvey was "the first legitimate ray of light in decades" and "the symbol of hope I could never be", since Harvey was using legal means to fight the criminal and corrupt and his prosecution managed to what Bruce called "lock up half of the cities criminals [without wearing a mask]". Since already 549 of the 1000 criminals were now locked up--allowing what Dent called "18 months of clean streets" for the 549 criminals was the whole mob (Lau, the mob's last money launder, when talking to the mobs, said "everyone's money would be at stake" for the mob laundered all their money to him; but he surrendered all his clients to Dent), Batman was soon not needed as the police can easily handle the remaining street criminals. Also, The Dark Knight further explains the temporary nature of Batman; Natacha in the dinner scene mentions "Gotham needs elected officials like you, not one who thinks he is above the law. Bruce then agrees by saying "exactly". But then Harvey, believing in vigilantism, said, "Who appointed the batman? We did. All of us who stood by and led scum take control of our city". But Rachel said, "But this is a democracy, Harvey." Harvey then said, "When their enemies were at the gates, the Romans would suspend democracy and appoint one man to protect the city. It was not considered an honor, it was considered a public service." So, when a enemy, like organized crime or a terrorist, is attacking Gotham, there must be a suspension of democracy since only a vigilante like Batman can effectively beat it. But, Rachel rebutted with, "Harvey, the last man to be appointed to protect the republic was named Caesar and he never gave up his power." So, after Batman defeats organized crime, he must give up his power or else he will be corrupt. Harvey then agrees with this and said, "Fine you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain". And since Batman indirectly defeated organized crime by having Harvey's prosecution lock up the whole mob, Bruce then honors what Harvey said by telling Rachel in the Penthouse party that he was going to retire soon.

But then the mob leaders used bail to get out of jail and hire Joker, who then caused Harvey to go on a killing spree. According to Gordon, because of Dent's murdering spree, "All of Harvey's prosecutions, everything he fought for...undone." The mayor warned Harvey that in 18 months of jail, the mob would try to use any dirt on Harvey to undo his prosecution during the appeal process. Thus, if the "criminals can get anything on [Harvey], they would be back on the streets." Batman reiterated the same thing to Dent after he caught him interrogating the insane man in the dark alley. Plus, according to Joker, if the people of Gotham find out about his murdering spree, they would "[lose] their minds". That would probably create freaks like the Joker. So, Batman had to sacrifice his reputation to keep the prosecution and to keep Gotham's sanity. Since no one knew of Harvey's crimes, the mob would fail at appeal and not leave jail. With the whole mob in jail, half the mob's money burned, mob bosses dead--leaving the mobsters vulnerable and eliminating financial incentives for cop corruption--and the Joker captured, the remaining criminals on the streets would have trouble rebuilding the organized crime machine and would be arrested if they tried so. And with the Dent Act eliminating parole, the mob is locked up for good along with any additional criminals later arrested, thus deterring organized crime from bouncing back.

In conclusion, by inspiring Dent, the whole mob was jailed under his prosecution, then jailed for good--eliminating organized crime--under the Dent Act. Thus, Batman was no longer needed and Bruce could retire. Some viewers might note that The Dark Knight suggested Batman couldn't retire since Joker told Batman in their last encounter "I think you am I are destined to [fight each other] forever". However, Batman rebutted him by saying "You'll be locked up in a padded cell forever". Joker then said "Maybe we can share it". Thus, this suggests Joker would be locked up forever since he admitted to it. Also, some viewers might think Gordon saying "we will hunt him because he can take it" means he can't retire. Yet, in the 3rd film's hospital scene, Gordon seemed confused that Batman retired since he said "we were in this together. . . and then you were gone" He apparently misunderstood what Batman told him earlier of "you will hunt me. . .because that needs to happen". Batman meant to chase him that night so he can be viewed as a criminal, not for him to keep fighting crime. Otherwise, he helping capture any remaining criminals will bring suspicion to the public and cops that Gordon framed Batman, cause chase scenes on him so criminals would escape like what happened with the stock heist chase, and undermine a moral boost that would have inspired the public and cops to change for the better to fix the city.

After Batman tells Commissioner Gordon to pin Harvey Dent's crimes on him, Bruce Wayne hangs up cape and cowl and ceases to be Batman. But Bruce didn't disappear after that. After The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne tried to move on by becoming a billionaire philanthropist, using the Wayne Foundation to fund Dent Day and charities like Saint Swithen's orphanage along with, according to Lucius in the office scene, "[funneling] the entire [Wayne Enterprise] R and D budget for five years into a fusion project that [he] then mothball[s]". The project resulted in the creation of a brand new, unique fusion reactor which was labelled as the first real hope for humanity to have a sustainable source of energy. But, Bruce then mothballed it three years before The Dark Knight Rises; according to Miranda in the reactor scene, "three years ago a Russian scientist published a paper on weaponized fusion reactions." Upon learning this, Bruce feared that someone could turn the reactor into a bomb and effectively destroy Gotham with it. So, Miranda said, "One week later [Bruce claimed that the] reactor started developing problems.." Miranda in the charity ball told Bruce that he "[spent] half his fortune on a plan to save [the world with the fusion reactor]... And isn't so wounded when it fails that he goes into hiding..." Thus, after he gave up on the project, Bruce felt that he had nothing else left in the world and locked himself away in Wayne Manor, becoming a recluse, waiting for things to go bad in Gotham in the hopes of once again becoming Batman and having a purpose in life, or as Alfred suggests, a reason to die. In conclusion, Bruce was active as a philanthropist and investor for 5 years, and became a recluse for 3 years.

The CIA didn't check because they didn't know Barsad (Josh Stewart), the driver who turned the hooded men in, was actually working for Bane. Barsad is shown to be Bane's right hand man throughout the movie. The fact that Barsad speaks with an Uzbekistani accent in this scene and an English one throughout the rest of the movie indicates that he was using a false identity to fool the CIA.

The climax of Batman Begins happens on the eve of Bruce Wayne's 30th birthday. The Dark Knight was said to have taken place roughly six to nine months later. and The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after The Dark Knight. Five months pass within the film (11 if you count the prologue taking place six months before the remainder of the film). Therefore Bruce is 38 and likely turns 39 at some point. Bruce was Batman for one year before The Dark Knight, since the Joker in The Dark Knight said, "Let's wind the clocks back a year" to the mobsters when he was referring to how, a year ago, Batman wasn't there and the legal system was still entirely in the mobs' hands.

Being Batman is a physically demanding job, Bruce Wayne had been shot, stabbed, beaten, set on fire, gassed by weaponized hallucinogens, fallen from extreme heights, bitten by dogs, survived explosions, crashes, etc. While the Batsuit would offer him some protection, the physical trauma he had sustained would certainly take its toll on his body. As we see at the beginning of The Dark Knight, Bruce had several scars over his body and he had only been Batman for a year. In this film, 8 years have passed and Bruce has been locked away in seclusion for 3 years before the 3rd film. If he didn't stay in top shape, the previous injuries to his body would likely start taking their toll. i.e. not exercising joints can worsen arthritis; since he damaged much of his cartilage in his left knee from falling in the end of the 2nd film and wasn't physically active that last 3 years, the pain grew and caused him to use a cane.

In the very first moments of the film, there is a scene where Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) reads a eulogy about Harvey Dent. The setting is identical to a scene featured in The Dark Knight but in a different camera view and with different lines. It is not known if the setting was recreated for the new movie in order to seem identical or if it is unused footage from the previous movie. In the original script, though, there is an extended version where this scene is directly connected to the previous movie. That may indicate that they had shot an extended version of this scene in The Dark Knight and that, in the final cut of the film, this shot was left out with the additional 'deleted' footage, featured in The Dark Knight Rises.

Aaron Eckhart expressed interest in reprising the role of Harvey "Two-Face" Dent, but Christopher Nolan has stated that the character is dead. Dent does appear in a flashback to the ending of The Dark Knight. Also, a holiday was declared in his honor, "Harvey Dent Day", which has been celebrated for up to eight years. The cover-up of Dent's crimes also plays a part in Bane's scheme to take over Gotham. In addition, the Gotham government also implements the "Dent Act" ad memoriam to the District Attorney's legacy, which denied all prisoners incarcerated in Blackgate Penitentiary access to parole. Bane completely destroys Harvey Dent's legacy by revealing the truth of Dent's crimes to the city. He then tears up a picture of Harvey Dent and reads a written statement by Commissioner Gordon.

The Dent Act is a law honoring the late Harvey Dent for his commitment to rid Gotham of organized crime. The act is implied to have many anti-organized crime measures, since the mayor said it gave police the "teeth" it needed against the mob. But, John Blake to tell us it's most important aspect: there is absolutely no possibility of parole: "These men, locked up in Blackgate for eight years, denied parole under the Dent Act. . ." Gordon tells Blake that rules like parole "aren't weapons anymore, they're shackles, letting the bad get ahead". Without parole, the criminals are forced to serve their full sentence (i.e. 20 years under a RICO case) instead of taking advantage of parole and going on a crime spree again. This part of the act probably came from the fact the mob leaders in the previous film used the similar method of bail to get out of jail and use the Joker to cause chaos in Gotham. The act eliminated organized crime and corruption by denying parole so criminals are locked up for good--discouraging any further organized crime; this was made easier, since Dent's prosecution already cleaned the streets. Blake reminds the audience of this by saying to Gordon, "When you and Dent cleaned the streets you cleaned 'em good." The mob laundered all their money to Lau since he said Dent "put all of [his] competitors out of business" and that the police "identified the mob's banks. . and were planning to cease your funds"; so, he said "everyone's money is at stake" if the police leverages one of them. Lau was leveraged and gave Gordon all his clients--the mobsters--and Dent used RICO to prosecute all 549 of them; Dent got away with locking up 549 of the 1000 criminals in Gotham since the mayor said "the public likes you. . . that's the only reason this might fly". Locking up all of Gotham's mobsters caused irreparable damage to the organized crime machine so the police can easily handle the remaining street criminals; thus why Dent told the mayor he will have "18 months of clean streets". And the reason why he said 18 months is since after that time, the mayor said the mob would "kick [his] ass with appeals" and will try to win them by "get[ting] anything on [Dent]" so "[these] criminals would be back on the streets". Since Batman hid Harvey's crimes, the mob failed at appeal and are stuck in jail and got denied parole. With half of the mob's money burned, the mob left leaderless from Joker's arrest and the 3 mob leaders dead--destroying links between corrupt law enforcement and Maroni--and the mobsters already locked up, the remaining street criminals would have difficultly trying to rebuild and commit organized crime and be arrested if they try so. And since Gordon said "there are a thousand inmates in Blackgate Prison. . .violent criminals, essential cogs in the organized crime machine", that means the remaining 500 criminals tried to reinvigorate organized crime but got arrested, jailed, and denied parole.

He knew where to find Gordon because he already found a washed up body at the catchment basin before. Earlier in the film, Blake is called to the basin by a DWP man to investigate the dead body of a teenager lying in the water. The DWP man tells him "[bodies] wash up a couple times a month [at the basin]." Then, Blake found out the teenager was from his old orphanage and he and other outgrown orphans came to the sewers to find work in the recession. Thus, Blake assumed since many bodies watched up at the basin, Gordon would too.

'Pavane pour une infante dfunte' (Pavane for a Dead Princess) by Maurice Ravel.

In his first conversation with Bruce, Blake reveals that he was also an orphan who watched his father's murder and that he understands what that does to a kid, how he, like Bruce, was trapped in his anger. He told Bruce, "You gotta learn to hide the anger--practice smiling in the mirror--It's like putting on a mask." Blake recounts a visit Bruce made to the orphanage where Blake grew up. Blake tells Bruce, "We were so excited. Bruce Wayne --billionaire orphan! I mean, we use to make up stories about you, man. Legends. And to the other kids, you know, it's was all that was --just stories, but. . ." So, since he was "Bruce Wayne, billionaire orphan", the awed orphans thought Bruce was Batman and made up stories and legends about it (i.e. Bruce Wayne is Batman because he is rich, Bruce Wayne is Batman because he is out to avenge his parents, etc.) The orphans liked Batman, since they are, after all, kids--shown by the orphan Blake talks to who draws bat symbols. But to the other kids, Bruce's happy-go-lucky persona did not fit Batman's angry nature--thus, the idea that Bruce is Batman was only just a story to them. But, when Blake saw though Bruce's face, he saw it as more than a story. The moment Blake laid eyes on Billionaire Bruce stepping out of a fancy car with a supermodel on his arm: "Right when I saw you, I knew who you really were. I'd seen that look on your face before. It's the same one I learned myself." Blake knows that the "eccentric billionaire" is a mask that hides Bruce's true angry nature, making the stories as true.

Bane is a well-known international terrorist and mercenary. The CIA had wanted him for his terrorist actions and Bane is infamous as the terrorist that has "[n]ever been seen or photographed without a mask." According to Alfred, who checked the name Bane for Bruce, "[Bane was] behind a coup in West Africa that secured mining operations for our friend John Daggett". So, a Gothamite taking economic advantage of a nation that was attacked by an infamous terrorist would be controversial to Gothamites like Gordon who always is looking out for bad things among Gotham even in what the congressman called "peacetime"; Blake said Gordon's mentality is "[l]ike we're still at war" even after he cleaned the streets 8 years ago. So Gordon would already be familiar with Bane.

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There are two different entrances to the building--the back entrance that leads to the metal detector room and the front entrance that leads to the shoe-shining room. After Bane beats up the security, the movie shows behind Bane that metal detector room's outside entrance has long thin windows surrounding each side of a glass double door; the doors and windows are all on the same wall; we see through the glass an outside parking lot. Also, as Bane beats up the security, we see in the background that there just a long brown wall with a one small opaque door opposite of the metal detector room's outside entrance; there is no entrance to the trading room. The front entrance where the shoe-shining occurred instead has the quadruple clear door entrance to the trading room. Off screen, Bane walks around in the building to the shoe-shining room and onscreen enters the trading room through the quadruple doors; behind Bane as he walks towards the 4th wall we can the shoe-shining chairs and also the double door of the front entrance of the building. When the camera is later outside the front of the building, we see this double door and multiple wider rectangle windows on the diagonal sides of the building--not the same wall as the door. Since both entrances differ in window shape/location and lead to different rooms, they are not the same outside entrances. Bane, with his motorcycle helmet and DCS Courier Service jacket, posed as a delivery man and came from the back entrance/metal detonator room so he parked his bike there. Likewise, we can assume his undercover employees parked their bikes in the back for in businesses, employees often park their vehicles in the back. Bane takes hostage of the trading room through 3 men: the orange jacket-blue hat man (he is the first to shoot someone in the room), the blue shirt man, and the opaque white jacket man. When Bane mocks the blond stockbroker and the blue shirt man plugs in the software, we don't see the other 2 henchmen. After that scene, the police arrive. That is because offscreen the 2 henchmen were bringing all the bikes in the building before the police arrived; and after the police cut the fiber line, we see those 2 henchmen back in the trade room. All in all, the bikes were from the back entrance of the building and were sneaked in before the police arrived.

The day to night shift seems to be a continuity error. Nevertheless, if the audience watches the scenes closely, the sky in each scene gets darker as it cuts to each other --thus, we can assume the motorcycle chase was longer than shown.

The rifle was presumably an EMP blaster that he aimed at the motorcycle to prevent it from getting away. EMP weapons can send out a large burst of electrical energy, overwhelming targeted electronic devices; generally, simpler circuits like lights will be temporarily disabled, while more complicated circuits will be fried and completely disabled. The EMP blaster is shown to have completely disabled two motorcycles. Batman also used some EMP device in his belt to temporarily disable the lights in the tunnel and later in Bane's layer. Bruce Wayne uses EMP also when he completely disabled the paparazzi cameras when he arrives at the ball, and when he gave Gordon the Bat's EMP cannon mount to block and completely disable the trigger's connection device to the bomb later in the film.

Batman & Robin portrayed Bane very differently than other versions of Batman. In it, he was reduced to being a mindless henchman. In the comics, Bane was of Caribbean descent and uses a drug called "venom" to create his massive hulking size. The mask he wears feeds the venom directly into his brain. Bane is a highly intelligent, mostly self-educated, a cunning strategist and a skilled fighter. In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane is very similar to his comic book counterpart. One key difference is that he does not use venom. His mask holds an anesthetic to keep chronic pain at bay, which was caused by severe spinal and facial trauma. Also, Bane, while still very muscular and formidable, is a much more realistic size: His height is only about 6'2" and he weighs approximately 240 pounds. Most notably different is Bane's accent; Tom Hardy, who plays Bane, says, "The choice of the accent is actually a man called Bartley Gorman, who was a bare knuckle fighter, a Romani gypsy, which I wanted to underpin the Latin -- but a Romani Latin opposed to Latino. His particular accent is very specific, which was a gypsy accent. So that's why it was difficult to understand. But once you tune into it, you get it, I hope."

It was not explained in the film, but he may have some sort of mechanism that allows him to suck in liquefied nutrients through his mask. It's also possible that he simply removes the mask while eating, and endures the pain. He may also inject himself with painkillers before taking off the mask. There may also be a nose piece on the mask or a separate one that he can detach and connect to the mask so he can still breathe in the anesthetic through his nose while leaving his mouth free to eat and drink. Bane might also have developed a technique or had been instructed in one that would allow him to temporarily wean himself off the pain medication before removing the mask, say, by lowering the dosage in the minutes before he would remove it, so he could take care of daily habits like shaving or eating. There might also be control settings on the mask that allowed him to do this as well. Some viewers believe that Bane felt a sudden shock of pain after Batman damages his mask, while others interpreted Bane's reaction more akin to panic of trying to fix the mask before the pain set in. A few seconds after Batman damages the mask, Bane is able to throw Batman against a column and deliver a few more blows. Two of them don't connect & he punches the column, perhaps reinforcing the idea that the pain hadn't set in yet & begun to cripple him.

The flashbacks set in the Pit are roughly 20 years before the events of Batman Begins, and it is assumed that Bane was in his late teens to early twenties. This would put Bane somewhere roughly between 40 and 50 (counting the approximate nine months between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, as well as the eight years in between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) during the events of this film, although this is speculation because we are never told the ages of other parties involved.

Technically neither. In the film, the prisoner who looks after Bruce tells how the blind prisoner in the next cell was once the prison's doctor, but also a morphine addict. Bane was attacked and severely wounded. (And because of his spinal scar and back brace that we see in the scene where Gordon is brought to Bane, we know Bane's spine was severely injured and he had cervical fusion surgery) The doctor did what he could to save Bane, but with his addiction he botched the surgery, leaving Bane in constant chronic pain. The mask Bane wears "keeps the pain at bay," as Bruce's prison caretaker says, so it holds an anesthetic (probably morphine) likely stored on his back brace or in his flak vest. The mask may also hold small compartments in the back of the mask in case he needs to remove the vest. There is no mention of "venom" in the film, though the anesthetic could be nicknamed thus. Bane simply keeps himself in excellent shape. There is an interesting article where actual medical professionals are consulted and asked how Bane's mask may work in the real world: here.

Bane was part of the League of Shadows - the same organization Bruce was - and so if Bane and Talia took over the League of Shadows after Ra's al Ghul's death, they would have learned this from existing members. In the sewer fight, Bane knows that Bruce betrayed the League; he wouldn't know this unless the League members informed him. Plus, in the judicial hall scene, Talia mentioned Bruce "murdered" her father; so that means the League members that were with Ra's in their previous Gotham attack survived and escaped and informed her. We neither see nor hear dialogue about the League after Ra's death in the 1st film; that is because the League members escaped and survived. This is confirmed with Alfred telling Bruce "Who leads them now?" in their conversation about the League in this 3rd film. And the League consists of mercenary members originally too since in Batman Begins, when Bruce first enters the temple, we see some League members holding assault weapons and wearing colored scarfs. Likewise, we see similarly dressed and armed League members descending the pit in the flashback scene in The Dark Knight Rises.

It has never been stated directly in this trilogy, but all of the license plates say "Gotham" on them, so it would stand to reason that it is located in the state of Gotham, because license plates have the name of the state and not the city on them. However, in the first two movies, which were filmed in Chicago, the plates had Illinois-style designs just in case Illinois plates slipped through in the background.

The purpose of the scene is to allow Bane to fake Dr. Pavel's death so he can later secretly use him to turn the fusion reactor into a bomb. Dr. Pavel was in talks with both Bane's men and the CIA before the events of the movie, since Bane said on the plane "Dr. Pavel refused our offer in favor of [the CIA's]". Thus, Bane "had to find out what [Dr. Pavel] told [the CIA interrogator]". So, Bane had Barsad, shown to be Bane's right hand man throughout the movie, kidnap him and two others and bring Dr. Pavel to the CIA. The driver, Barsad, was working with the CIA secretly for Bane, since when the CIA interrogator asked why he brought the kidnapped men, Barsad said "Don't worry, no charge for [the kidnapped men]" and that "[Bane's men] were trying to claim your prize". This prize is assumed to be Dr. Pavel, since the CIA is trying to save him from Bane.

So, during the plane scene, Bane killed the CIA on board and then had to fake Dr. Pavel's death so the CIA would no longer worry about Dr. Pavel's whereabouts. Bane transfused Dr. Pavel's blood into the lookalike corpse (that is pale and without blood beforehand) to do this. That way, when the plane crashes the corpse would be heavily disfigured and have Dr. Pavel's blood. This worked as in a later scene in the movie, Miranda told Bruce that the "Russian scientist died on a plane crash six months ago"." Bane also let one of his men stay behind, since "[The CIA] expects one of us in the wreckage." That way, when the plane crashes, the CIA would assume that the man that the CIA brought aboard caused havoc in the plane giving Bane the chance to attack the plane from the outside which killed all the CIA agents, one Bane's men, and Dr. Pavel. The CIA would not know Bane was on the plane, since he killed the CIA agents after revealing himself.

Selina is a professional cat burglar; it's likely that she buys the equipment she needs using the proceeds acquired from robbing the rich. It's also possible that she designed and constructed some of the items herself, or that she could have struck up business relations or friendships with the types of people who would sell or design the type of equipment she uses.

When Bruce Wayne is in the Batsuit, he takes on the persona of Batman, so the gravelly, intimidating voice he uses can best be described as part of the outfit. Always keeping his voice altered while in the suit makes it harder for him to slip up and talk in his normal voice to the wrong person. He may also have equiped his Batsuit with a voice modifier microphone/speaker in order to digitally alter his voice so he cannot speak with his real one when in his suit.

For the same reason he didn't let the Joker keep falling after he threw him off the building in the previous film; Bruce said in the 1st film, "I'm no executioner". That is what Joker in the 2nd film calls Batman's "one rule". People might accidentally die because of his actions (such as fake Ra's Al Ghul in the 1st film, Harvey Dent in the 2nd film, or the driver of the bomb truck in 3rd film]), but he will never purposefully take their life. Batman's adherence to this rule is shown in the rooftop scene when he knocks a gun out of Catwoman's hands and says "No guns, no killing". It would've been hypocritical for him to later shoot down Bane and his men with the Bat. In Frank Miller's graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns, there's a similar theme when Batman confronts the leader of a notorious and vicious gang called The Mutants. Batman has a moment where he can simply fire a powerful cannon on the latest version of the Batmobile (which resembles a tank) and destroy his enemy with one shot. He chooses to fight the Mutant Leader hand-to-hand because of personal principles he'd adopted years before that prevent him from being an executioner.

The transaction would have been over turned, since Fox told Bruce the following day "[in the] Long term we may be able to prove fraud, but for now...you're completely broke." But, Bane took Bruce out of Gotham before then. With a missing Bruce and a city held hostage, there would be no point in reversing the transaction. Plus, according to Lucius in his Manor visit, the program Bane and his men had assigned to Bruce put options and the options expired last night, making the newspaper say Wayne Doubles Down and Loses. Because put option investments are in nature many months in retrospect, the program would only work by creating a false paper trail that lead back months. So even if any and all transactions on the day Bane attacked the exchange were voided, nobody would be the wiser to the fact that the fraudulent reports actually went back much longer than the day in question. Besides, Bane didn't need the plan to work long-term--only a couple of days to ensure that Miranda Tate was given control of Wayne Enterprises.

Additionally, even if a terrorist bankrupting a person by stock exchange may not realistically get away with it, the other Nolan films like The Dark Knight have similar controversial events. I.E. realistically, Batman can't get away with kidnapping Lau and allowing the Gotham legal system to prosecute him, since it would cause diplomatic tensions between Gotham's government, the U.S. Federal Government, and China. Lau said, "the Chinese would not extradite one of their own"; China also definitely would not let any foreign entity, like Gotham, use and imprison Lau and get away with it, just like the U.S. wont let a Chinese guy dressed as a bat get away with kidnapping a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil and letting China try him. China would call Batman being a "vigilante" a bluff, since he gave Lau to Gotham's Police Force; China would then demand the U.S. to return Lau to China so China could try him. Otherwise, China would not show signs of weakness to America and consider the kidnapping an act of war and the U.S. Federal Government would force Gotham to return Lau to prevent Chinese retaliation--not allowing the events of The Dark Knight to go through. (The film is missing the script line where a reporter asks about China's anger. Plus, Lau was still in a Gotham jail by the time Joker was first caught so the film ignored the realistic situation.)

Bruce Wayne's back was dislocated, not broken, in the first fight with Bane. This is confirmed when the prisoner said to Bruce "You have a protruding vertebra...I'm going to force it back..." Aligning vertebrae heals fast, since no bones were broken. Only spinal ligament muscles were torn--although ligaments take over a year to fully heal, a few months of healing is enough to stabilize the back. And even if his vertebrae was broken, vertebrae takes to 3 months to heal so, the time frame is regardlessly fine. Bruce's leg may or may not have the brace still on since we never see him without the trousers in the Pit. We are to assume Bane left it on, since he thought Bruce couldn't escape. Nevertheless, if Bruce didn't have it, then he walked with the pain. No cartilage in the knee means he has osteoarthritis in the knee and that causes painful, stiff joints--not inability to walk); Bruce in the beginning of the film was still able to jump out of the hospital room in one scene and dance with Selina in another before the scene when he got the knee brace. Things like canes and knee braces help put weight off the knee to making walking less painful.

A few times in the fight Batman did try to focus his punches to Bane's mask, in which Bane tauntingly accepts. But, each time he did that, Bane would grab his fist after a hit or two to prevent him from punching it more. (Bane did the same thing in the 2nd fight until Batman managed to overcome it.) So, Batman would just hit everything else since Bane would let him. If Batman used the darts, Bane would have saw and dodged them considering Bane was trained in the same ninja arts as Batman. Plus, when Batman turned the lights off, Bane too would have probably saw and dodged them since he was accustomed to darkness for light is "blinding" to him.

It is stated by Bruce's caretake that Bane's mask "holds the pain at bay" (most likely with morphine, as the prison doctor is stated to have been a morphine addict). This presumably resulted in Bane being at least partially, perhaps even fully, insensitive to Batman's attacks, for analgesics taken orally affect the central nervous systems and nerves around the body connected to it. Alternatively, as Bane says to Batman when they first face off, "Peace has cost you your strength. Victory has defeated you," meaning that Batman's 8-year absence from training and fighting left him in a weakened state, so his hits had little to no effect on a seasoned combatant like Bane.

In the film, Fox mentions that Applied Sciences was always officially shut down and mentioned that "after your father died, Wayne Enterprises set up 14 different defense subsidiaries. I spent years putting the prototypes under one roof my roof - to prevent it from getting in the wrong hands". The only reason why he would have done that is if Applied Sciences is still on the books before he was CEO. And it is the case, since in Batman Begins, Bruce, when asked by CEO Earl about which division in Wayne Enterprise he wants to work for, responded "Applied Sciences caught my eye". So, Applied Sciences was on the books before Fox was CEO, even if it was shut down in Batman Begins for the lights were off and Fox called the division a "dead-end" when Bruce first visited it. Since Ra's Al Ghul mentioned to Bruce in Batman Begins, "you are defending a city so corrupt that we have infiltrated every level of its infrastructure", the League would be aware of Applied Sciences when it infiltrated Wayne Enterprises in this first film". And Fox put it off the books in The Dark Knight since the accountant Mr. Reese finds out that Applied Science's numbers didn't add up and the division disappeared overnight. And in The Dark Knight Rises, since Miranda in her 8 years as a board member would notice that the division isn't on the books anymore, she would assume that Bruce hid his armory from there and the League would tell Bane about its original location when learning from the original League members. With regard to the fusion core, Bane was affiliated with Talia al Ghul, who had previously visited the chamber, so she would have told him its location.

In the comics, Bane was in fact born in a prison and spent the first part of his life there, forced to serve out his father's prison sentence by a cruel dictator who had decided to punish the family. In the movie, Alfred says rumors say "there is a prison in a more ancient part of the world. A pit. But sometimes a man rises from the darkness" and that Bane was "born and raised in hell on earth. No one knows why or how he escaped". Later, Bane gives a speech to Batman about being born in darkness and not seeing the light until he was a man. Then, in the pit, he tells Bruce when the latter asks "where am I" that they are "home." Finally, a long time ago in the pit, Bruce's caretaker said Bane protected the child Talia since he wanted to "show the others that [the child's] innocence was their redemption". That logic only works if Bane himself was born in the pit and felt sympathy for another innocent person being born there. All in all, we can deduce Bane really was born in the pit.

Talia al Ghul manages to keep herself plugged in to a lot of the resistance movements in the city after Bane takes control, so she'd be able to tip Bane when there were people ready to make a move. For example, when the Special Forces team manages to infiltrate the city, Blake takes them to where Lucius, Miranda and others are hiding. Bane shows up and kills the Special Forces team, having heard the news from Talia.

Alfred mentions to Bruce early in the film that the pit is in "some more ancient part of the world." (The filmed fort is in Jodhpur, India), but the film's "deshi basara" chant is in Moroccan Arabic, so we can assume the pit is in Morocco. Thus, the pit is only an ocean away from the U.S. Bane also has a cargo plane since he used it to attack the CIA plane in the beginning of the film; Miranda/Talia also has a plane, when she says to Bruce: "We could leave. Tonight. Take my plane. Go anywhere we wanted"; Bane would have used either to transport Bruce.

Concerning how much time Bruce had to get back to the U.S. from the pit, Lucius tells the Special Forces that "[the bomb] will go off. In twenty-three days." A couple scenes later, Bruce escapes the Pit. When Bruce gets back to Gotham, he tells Selina "the bomb goes off tomorrow." Thus, we can assume Bruce had 3 weeks to get back to Gotham, which is plenty of time. The film does not visually show how Bruce got back to Gotham, because it is already established Bruce already had these skills from Batman Begins. The Dark Knight Rises has two mis-en-scene allusions to this previous film to remind the audience of this: Bruce wearing rough clothing with a makeshift travel bag on the tough terrain after leaving the pit alludes to Bruce traveling the Tibetan mountains in Batman Begins. Selina sharing an apple with the orphan before Bruce returns alludes the Batman Begin's scene when Bruce shared an apple with a boy in sub-Saharan Africa. In Batman Begins, Bruce traveled the world for 7 years in poverty and no other resources --sneaking and stealing his way by-- to understand the minds of criminals. Then, when he was trained by the League of Shadows, he mastered the use of theatricality, "invisibility", and other ninja skills. It is obvious Bruce could have just got back to the U.S. by sneaking in a plane or boat, faking a passport, etc. (Also, although Bruce got back to the U.S. through a private jet in Batman Begins, the same film shows him burning his wallet, giving his coat to a hobo, and then sneaking into a boat by the Gotham port to leave the U.S. So, he has the ability to do transatlantic travel all by himself.)

In terms of getting into Gotham, Gotham wasn't technically quarantined, as food shipments were allowed in. Citizens just weren't allowed out. The film itself establishes direct explanation for getting onto the island--the Special Forces being undercover as men delivering supplies. It proves that other people were also successfully sneaking into the city during Occupied Gotham. Nevertheless, there are three ways suggested in the film. (1) Bruce sneaked in the same way as the Special Forces did through the shipments. (2) he walked on ice to Gotham with 'sure-footing' as shown in his training with Ra's al Ghul in the first film, Batman Begins . This is actually confirmed in The Dark Knight Rises when Batman meets Gordon halfway along the ice, walking effortlessly towards him. (3) He used the Bat to get on the islands since it was last parked in the Bat-cave when Bruce left Gotham and then seen draped over on a roof top in the island when he returned. Wayne Manor is outside the Gotham's islands (and on the U.S. mainland). In The Dark Knight Harvey wondered if the manor is in city limits and Bruce said it is in the Palisades, which is considered withing the city by jurisdiction. Harvey asked this probably since the Palisades is not in the islands of Gotham. In the Gotham map that appeared in the film's viral marketing online game The Fire Rises (not to be confused with the the strike-zone Gotham map in another viral marketing site), the manor and Palisades is outside the islands and on the mainland. This fact is important since we saw in the film Bane blow up the bridges connecting the islands with the mainland. In the end of the film, nothing suggests that Wayne Manor was looted or attacked by Bane's men or criminals.

In the dream scene, Ra's disappears after talking with Bruce inside a cell. The scene carries a striking resemblance to the first meeting of Bruce & Ra's in Batman Begins. Keep in mind a few things: Bruce had just undergone serious physical trauma (getting his dislocared back reset without painkillers). Bruce had been strung up to straighten out his back; while the scene transition is instant, he had clearly been in that position for weeks. When Bruce's vertebra is put back into place, he had minor stubble on his face; when he looks up to see the apparition of Ra's al Ghul, he has long facial hair, almost the same as what he had at the beginning of the film. Bruce already had all the information that Ra's discusses with him. Learning about the fabled mercenary and knowing Ra's in person simply meant putting two and two together. By this time, Bruce had thought of the young child as the young Bane. In his dream, Ra's supports Bruce as he thinks Bane is the heir of Ra's al Ghul. If it was Ra's in reality, then he'd correct Bruce about his child. In the end, both Talia and Bane effectively confirm that Ra's was killed by Batman in the first film. It's pretty safe to assume that the Ra's in this film was just a hallucination, nothing more. Alternate meaning: Ra's mentions how immortality comes in many forms. Being alive in Bruce's mind provides him a form of immortality, and syncing up with Batman Begins has made him a sort of legend, even if it is only in Bruce's mind. Additionally, Ra's al Ghul can be seen as immortal through his legacy. In the comics Ra's al Ghul is literally immortal via use of the Lazarus Pit. He is also obsessed with his legacy...finding a suitable successor to his position of 'Demon's Head' (the literal meaning of 'Ra's al Ghul'...the head or leader of the League of Shadows). So to translate that to film, Nolan made Ra's al Ghul immortal through his legacy...through his heir (whether that be Bane or Thalia). Bane's (and eventually Bruce Wayne's) prison in the film (a pit) acts as a literal interpretation of the Lazarus Pit from the source material...Ra's al Ghul's legacy rises from the pit to take over his task...making the position of Ra's al Ghul and his mission immortal.

He waits to blow up Gotham to first torture Gotham as it in turn tortures Bruce. In the pit scene, Bane tells Bruce that he wants to torture "not of your body, but of your soul", instead of killing him since "[he] doesn't fear death but welcomes it". Bane pointed to a TV and said "[y]ou will watch as I torture an entire city" by feeding them a false sense of "hope to poison their souls" under the anarchy. That way, Gotham would reveal its evil nature to the world by "clamoring each other to stay in the sun". He said Bruce would then "under[stand] the depth of [his] failure"--that his work as Batman was fruitless. Gotham is inherently evil and nonredeemable for the eight year of peace proved nothing about Gotham's good, with Gotham's citizens still being greedy and destructive when given the chance by Bane--and with the Ra's hallucination, "the only victory [Bruce] could achieve was a lie. . .Gotham is beyond saving". This Gotham will rot under anarchy theme was predicted by Joker in the previous movie: "[Gothamites'] morals, their code... it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. You'll see- I'll show you... when the chips are down, these civilized people... they'll eat each other."

The protector protected the child from the prisoners in the pit, because according to the caretaker prisoner, the protector wanted to "[show] the others that this [child's] innocence was their redemption." We later found out Bane was the protector--so since he too was born in the pit and lived there as a child, he felt sympathy towards the child. The prisoners helped Bruce, because the prisoners weren't bad people. Long gone are the days the warlord owned the pit. The caretaker prisoner said "This is Bane's prison now. Bane would not want this story told." Thus, Bane owns this prison and uses it to lock up his enemies. Even if the audience missed this fact, they could assume that the prisoners would help each other out since once one man escapes, he can put the 2nd rope --the supply rope-- down into the pit so all can escape. And when Bruce escaped, he put that rope down back into the pit.

The force of falling with the rope probably was enough to injure him significantly. Likewise, the stab wound was probably not fatal--rather to incapacitate Batman long enough so the bomb would go off. Batman was stabbed between the rib by the liver area, in which stab wounds, including liver wounds, are known to be non-fatal if no major artery is hit. That waist/liver area's only major artery is the hepatic artery and that is far deep in the center of the body and not that reachable by knife. Considering Talia told Bane not to shoot him after she stabbed him, because she wanted Batman to live and "Feel the fire of twelve million souls [he] failed", we can assume it isn't fatal. Nevertheless, characters surviving injuries that may be questionable occurs in the other Nolan movies too. For example, in The Dark Knight, there are questionable falls: how did Joker and his 2 men survive the 18 wheeler flip despite the ridiculous amount of g-force from 40 tons of truck weight and it going at full speed? Likewise, how did Batman and Rachel survive the multistory penthouse fall if he crushed the car roof and we see it cave in (So the cape barely breaked) and landed on his back? Plus, along with a crow bar in his left hand, we see a knife in Joker's right hand and he stabbed Batman multiple times in their final fight and Batman survived. Thus, we can assume that Talia's stabbing isn't a big deal.

The prisoners chant deshi basara, Moroccan Arabic for "He rises." It's also used in Hans Zimmer's score for the film.

He is killed during Bane's attack on the football field. After the field starts imploding, there's a brief shot of a second bomb going off inside his viewing box.

The flood does not decommission the bomb: Lucius and Bruce said that "The bomb goes off in 12 hours unless we reconnect it to the reactor." So, only the reactor can decommission the bomb. The flood is to be used to destroy the reactor when the core is decommissioned and so nothing can turn the core on. For why Lucius didn't flood the chamber before the core was removed, Miranda knows how to override reactor and how to override the flood: "Fox told me how to override the reactor--including the emergency flood." We can deduce she learned this from Lucius before Bane got to the reactor since there is nothing to override if the core is already out of the reactor. So if Lucius would to somehow activate the flood, she would override the flood. And we know she had a trigger for controlling the flood mechanism since she remotely flooded it at the end of the film. Assuming Lucius had a trigger too, he still couldn't flood it. All of Banes men in the chamber were armed and 3 of these men and Bane were surrounding and watching Miranda, Lucius, and Pavel in that scene. So, he couldn't risk doing any suspicious movements for flooding the chamber. And up at the reactor controls, Bane was standing directly next to the controls and watching him put his hands on the screen so he couldn't do anything at the controls or Bane would stop him. Finally, from what Miranda said to Lucius: "You kill this man and yourself and barely slow them down", it signals to Lucius not only that Bane would get other board members to turn the reactor on, but also why she won't flood the chamber; he will also assume it'll be counterproductive, because Bane's men, being able-bodied, will not be slowed down and escape though the chamber's blast hole and still cause destruction with their men and tumblers, and he and the other board members will die pointlessly.

The reason why he sent "every available cop" was he already had Foley send teams down into the sewer but couldn't find Bane and his men. In the hospital scene with Gordon, Foley, and Blake, Gordon asked about the tunnel searches and Foley said "We've had teams down there, but it's a huge network." Blake then gave Foley all the tunnel maps and then Gordon said "Get more men, work a grid. I want [Bane] found" so they sent even more teams down there. But since they still couldn't find him and Foley informed Gordon that Bane kidnapped the Wayne Enterprise board and brought them into the sewer, Gordon said then said "no more patrols, no more hide and seek"; so the cops had already patrolled the sewers multiple times but couldn't find Bane's men since they were cat-and-mousing the cops. Since Gordon wanted to increase the chances of finding and cornering them, he said " send every available cop" to "smoke them out". Nevertheless, not every cop was sent. There still is a significant back bone of the force remaining on the street, making up the resistance. This is shown in the scene behind the meat store where the Special Forces asks Gordon, Foley and Blake how many cops are left. Gordon says there are "dozens of us but [he] preferred not to say." And we can see many of these surviving cops standing behind Gordon in the scene and later helping him out in the film. Unfortunately, these cops were heavily out numbered by Bane's men. The audience must remember that Gordon only sent "every available cop", not necessarily every cop, in order to smoke out Bane's army. Plus Foley called back much of his men from the tunnel when Blake informed him that the cops were heading into the trap. Finally, the cops left on the surface are shown to be older than the ones sent running to the sewer. This means that the veteran cops were left behind to continue policing on the surface, since they aren't as able bodied to fight the army unlike the younger cops. An example is the older cop that chased Batman in the beginning of the film and told the younger cop "you are in for a show tonight son." He is later seen standing next to Gordon in the meat shop and later scenes.

Bane told Bruce Wayne in the Pit that he wanted to feed the people of Gotham "hope to poison their souls". Bane said in his speech outside of Black Gate that the police would survive and at the same time a scene in the film is shown of the underground cops getting provisions drawn down to them by rope, which were sent via the bridge and then distributed to them. Those provisions obviously included mostly the food, but considering the sheets, jugs, and pots in the scene, hygiene equipment like razors in order to keep illness from spreading is pretty much guaranteed. So if Bane was taking the time to keep the officers alive in the tunnels, he would likely want them to be as comfortable as possible to give them true hope that they'd be rescued. The officers in the sewers were also in contact with John Blake and possibly other family and friends on the surface that would be able to provide them with razors and other amenities that Bane may not have supplied. Transporting them to the officers would have been as simple as tying them to a string and dropping them down a manhole/storm drain.

Yes it was. The recession was probably caused by Wayne Enterprise and started 3 years before the film. That is because the company is in a slump; according to a conversation between Bruce and Lucius, Bruce "lost most of [the company's] money" in the fusion reactor investment and not using it to regain profits. As Lucius said, "[Bruce funneled] the entire R and D budget for five years into a fusion project that [he] then mothball[ed], [his] company is unlikely to thrive". Since the orphanage's Father Reilly said the orphanage was "[n]ot for a couple years now" funded by the Wayne Foundation, in which according to Alfred is funded by the profits of Wayne Enterprises, that means Wayne Enterprise is very low on profits with only the Dent Day event still being funded. For Wayne Enterprises, all this loss of financial capital causes less output, a lot of layoffs in the company, stock holders lose money, investments in and out of the company decrease, public works and non-profits like orphanages it used to fund stop, and any economic work that Ra' mentioned that Thomas Wayne's W.E.did that saved Gotham in Batman Begins is undone. Since Wayne Enterprise is the predominant economic force, conglomerate and thus employer in Gotham, this causes a domino effect similar to the real life 2008 housing industry bubble in which a flailing major industry affects all other industries. So, since Wayne Enterprise and former employees cant do as much business with the other Gotham industries, there is even less output and layoffs there too, leading to decreased economic activity in Gotham. That is why when the outgrown orphan boys went to find jobs, an orphan said there was "[m]ore [work in the sewer] than you can find up here [on the surface]."

The layoffs/lack of jobs/lower pay in the recession caused a wealth gap between the rich and the poor/middle class, since the latter suffer the most in the recession from having less savings and capital to recover with than the rich. This causes class tension between them, and a distrust of capitalism among the non-rich if small businesses fail and industries wont hire them. Selina mocked Bruce that the poor are soon going to be able to get revenge on the rich: "There's a storm coming. . .[for] you and your friends. . .when it hits you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us". Also, a reporter mocked Bruce when he lost all of his money by saying "how does it feel to be one of the people?" The gap and tension helped justify Gothamites to participate in Bane's wealth distribution revolution. Once Bane took over and threatened to blow up the city if citizens didn't oblige to his revolution, Gothamites have nothing more to lose but to "claim what is rightfully [theirs]",for Bane later said they were oppressed by the rich and "myth of opportunity". Plus, Gothamites didn't know the decaying fuel cells would cause the bomb to go off in 5 months since Bane only mentioned it in the reactor chamber, not the public. Thus, assuring the people to trust Bane's revolution further. (Only Bruce's allies would know, since Lucius and Miranda helped build the reactor and know its properties and would share the info with Gordon and Blake. And Bruce would already know this, since he helped build the reactor.)

Bane's speech was to: 1) Justify the 1000 prisoners into loyalty to him in the revolution "so an army will be raised" for him. Just freeing them without cause may not be enough since the 1000 criminals probably outnumber Bane's men and Bane doesn't want them attacking his men, hence why he wants the former to be part of his army. And we know the prisoners are then loyal to Bane since the prisoners run the kangaroo courts for Bane and not against the mercenaries. Plus, the unfairness being locked up for good by being denied parole because of a lie martyring a violent criminal justifies to prisoners to attack and prosecute any remaining cops and authorities in which what Bane wants. 2) Crush the souls of the remaining surface police to weaken their moral and make them vulnerable to capture and torture Bruce in the pit. 3) Torture Gothamites with hope that Bane is lying about the truth of Harvey. Bane's plan for Gotham was to "feed its people hope to poison their souls." Telling them the truth with concrete evidence supporting the speech's authenticity doesn't feed Gothamites hope. The ambiguity of the speech's authenticity would torture and confuse Gothamites for months since they would be conflicted whether or not the system lied to them for 8 years and martyred an evil man for peace. And this ambiguity would worsen since Gothamites would already know from Dent Day's attendees and press that Gordon looked uncomfortably and said "the time isn't right" and put away his speech. So there was already suspicion about the truth of Dent. And since Gothamites would already know Gordon was attacked in the sewer and ended up in the hospital and would figure that Bane originally came from the sewer since he rigged it up to trap the police, the public would uncomfortably theorize that Bane got the speech from him in the sewer.

Bane's plan was "to feed [Gotham's] people hope to poison their souls". There is no reason for him to say he beat and imprisoned Batman if he wanted people to have hope that he is still out there. Nevertheless, if he would have told them that Batman was defeated from the first place, it would be possible that people, knowing that they have nothing to lose, could rise against him and the League of Shadows. In other words, the belief that eventually Batman would save Gotham because he is alive may have made some citizens postpone a possible riot and secured Bane's plan.

He had no reason to. In fact, doing so may have impeded Bane's plans. People wouldn't be able to hate the rich and powerful if the richest man in Gotham, Bruce Wayne, was the one who risked his life for them.

One of the Blackgate ex-cons tells Stryver (Daggett's assistant) that if he tries to "swim" across the ice, he will be dead in minutes. It's a very long way across, and crawling would cause the body parts exposed to the ice (even through clothes) to become extremely frostbitten and result in hypothermia and death. Stryver is also wearing only the suit he had on during his "trial," which offers him very little protection from the freezing temperatures. Walking is his best bet. Furthermore, the ex-cons and Bane's men were probably under orders to shoot anyone not walking on two feet. The point isn't to let exiles cross the ice safely; it's to give them the "hope" that they will survive (similar to what Bane talks about earlier) before the inevitable fall and death.

Selina mentioned in that scene "You boys know you can't come into my neighborhood without asking politely." Thus, that scene's setting was her neighborhood. And Bruce had visited her neighborhood before in a previous scene in the film when John Blake drove him to her house. So he just checked each street in her neighborhood until he found her. Nevertheless, whether the audience missed out on this fact or not, Bruce Wayne is known to locate people easily. For example, in The Dark Knight, Batman located Maroni in a club and then located Harvey Dent who was secretly interrogating in a dark alley in the following scene.

Batman has always been more than just a man, an icon of fear among Gotham underworld, a beacon of hope. The mere presence of his sign provided the hope to all Gothamites that their valiant knight has returned to their side. This is the very reason that inspires the massive number of cops waiting the next morning (Foley being an example of many unknown): The symbol of Batman gave them the spirit to stand up against a superior force. Bruce either made it right before he talked to Selina when he got back, or made it years before in case of a threat like that of Bane ever arose and that Batman only needed to position it & ignite it. This controversy in when Batman made the signal can be similarly compared to how in The Dark Knight, did Joker have time to rig the biggest hospital in Gotham and two ferries with bombs. Just like we can assume Joker did it earlier off-screen, we can assume Batman did his earlier off-screen too.

Yes. The cops were shown to be holding pistols and batons as they marched toward Bane's men.

Several factors come into play: (1) He fights more strategically in their second battle by going for what he now knows is Bane's weak spot, the mask, taking blows in order to expose Bane's vulnerability. Batman eventually damaged the mask with the blades on his gauntlets, which leaves Bane severely weakened and distracted as he needs an anesthetic pumped into his lungs continually to dull the pain from injuries he suffered in prison. (2) Batman's mental training and fear of Bane may have also driven his survival anger to a higher level, as is common for trained combatants in life-threatening situations. (3) Bruce worked out extensively in prison to get himself as close to the physical prime he had 8 years earlier. (Bruce is noticeably exhausted rather quickly in his first fight with Bane) (4) When Batman first faced off with Bane, he had seriously underestimated Bane as a threat. (Remember what Alfred told him while viewing the footage of Bane in the stock exchange? He told Bruce that Bane was faster & more agile than Bruce's condition after 8 years out of the job.)

Due to Bane wearing his flak jacket when Selina blasts him with the Bat-Pod cannon, some viewers speculate that Bane could have survived the blast. However, if we're going with realism here; even if the round didn't pierce his armor, the impact trauma alone would have likely been enough to break his ribs and sternum & pulverize his internal organs and stop his heart. If there was ever a sequel, it may be possible to bring him back. But due to this being the end of the trilogy, one can more or less confirm that he died from the forces brought on.

The primary reason why the League wants to destroy Gotham was because Talia wanted to avenge her father's murder by finishing his work of destroying Gotham: "I honor my father by finishing his work. Vengeance against the man who killed him is simply a reward for my patience". After Ra's excommunicated Bane, Talia said she couldn't "truly forgive [her] father - until [Bruce] murdered him". That is when Talia finally cherished her father's importance in her life. Ra's in Batman Begins' campfire scene taught Bruce about how "vengeance" against the ones who hurt his "loved one" saved him and asks Bruce "why you don't avenge your parent's murder?" Avenging loved ones is something he would have taught Talia and he did for Talia had used the League to what she called "exact terrible vengeance" on the prisoners of the pit since they killed her mother and hurt her protector Bane. So when Ra's died, Talia would honor him for what he did in her life - he had helped her avenge her mother's murder and what the prisoners did to Bane - and because "he took us [,Bane and I,] in. Trained us". Ra's rescuing Bane and training him so he didn't have to live his whole life in pain forever in prison overrides her father excommunicating him from the League, since Ra's had done more good for Bane than bad. Nevertheless, when Talia infiltrated Wayne Enterprises 8 years ago, she didn't destroy Gotham for she would have learned Bruce rid Gotham from criminal control. So she wanted to financially fix Gotham and save the world by what she called "free clean energy for entire city" and the "world's best chance for a sustainable future" - the fusion reactor. But since Bruce enraged her by mothballing it 5 years in and ruined her project from seeing the daylight because of the reactor-to-bomb paper, she never forgot what Bruce did to her father because of "the knife that waits years without forgetting" and finally wanted to destroy Gotham by using the core as a bomb to rub it in his face. And when Miranda gave Bruce another chance by taking control of the reactor, Bruce still wouldn't let her use it and said they will flood it. Nevertheless, after Bane found Gordon's letter, the League then regained its original reason to destroy Gotham for Bruce's work was built on a lie that allowed the whole mob to be locked up for good despite Dent being a murderer; Dent's prosecution of locking the whole mob up should have been undone in appeal and the Dent Act had no right to deny parole. Thus, Bruce and all law enforcement are just as corrupt and unjust as the criminals. So, Gotham is even more corrupt than 8 years ago for now both the good and bad guys are corrupt. Thus, whether the reactor would be used for its original purpose of saving Gotham didn't matter anymore - in the words of decoy Ra's Al Ghul explaining the League's goal in the 1st film: "Gotham's time has come. Like Constantinople or Rome before it the city has become a breeding ground for suffering and injustice. It is beyond saving and must be allowed to die. This is the most important function of the League of Shadows. It is one we've performed for centuries. Gotham... must be destroyed"

The film addresses this twice: Bane is shown to hate his excommunication but the film gives us his two motivations for destroying Gotham right after his excommunication is mentioned. 1) Bane was angry when Bruce mentioned it. That is because he considers himself part of the League -"and you betrayed us" - and considers the League as his family - "No, they expect one of us in the wreckage, brother" (And no, the two guys in the sewer he killed are not League members, but thugs he hired in the depression since unlike the mercenaries in that scene, the thugs don't have mercenary clothing, were not confident or loyal, questioned Bane, and lacked League demeanor). Because he loves the League, Bane snarled at Bruce for he hates that Bruce betrayed the League. So when Bruce mentioned to Bane that "you were excommunicated by a gang of psychopaths", Bane went berserk and then confidently boasted "I am the League of Shadows and I am here to fulfill Ra's Al Ghuls destiny!" So by calling himself the League, he is showing how devoted he is to the League and will fulfill Ra's destiny to prove to his ego he shouldn't have been excommunicated. And since he hates Bruce Wayne for betraying the League and more or less replacing him, Bane wants to prove his superiority of over Bruce. And he proves this by physically and tactically out maneuvering Bruce, saying, "The shadows betray you because they belong to me". He is so confident that he is superior to Bruce that he thought Bruce couldn't escape the pit: "I broke you how did you come back?" (If Bane is superior to Bruce and Bane never escaped the pit by himself, therefore, Bruce also can't escape the pit.) And because of his sense of superiority towards Bruce, he secretly disobeyed Talia by almost killing Bruce. So, that means his hatred of Bruce Wayne rivals his love for Talia - his primary motivation. 2) Bane started shedding tears when Talia mentioned Ra's excommunicated Bane from the League of Shadows. That is because he loved Talia - "His only crime is that he loved me". According to the prison caretaker, Bane loved her to prove to the other prisoners her "innocence was their redemption". So, Bane wanted to redeem himself by helping a fellow innocent child born in the pit like him. And when he saved her, he was rewarded when Talia had Ra's Al Ghul exact terrible vengeance on the prisoners that hurt Bane and her mother and had Ra's rescue him, take him into the League, and train him. And when her father kicked him out, she didn't forgive him and ran away with Bane and we know she did this since Ra's never told Bruce about Talia because of their estranged relationship. So all this shows Talia loves him back and Bane owes her. When Talia inherit League, she undid the excommunication, allowing him to be part of League, in which he will be happy to rejoin the organization he loved and fulfill Ra's Al Ghuls destiny to prove he shouldn't be excommunicated. And he will also do this for Talia, in who the latter will now cherish and avenge her father after his death for the good things he did for their life and remind Bane of it.

Yes he is and that isn't a bad thing. The characterizing of being a lackey comes from destroying Gotham at its root being Talia's idea and Bane's primary motivation for doing it is out of his love for Talia. (This characterization comes from The Tale of Two Cities, since Talia is based of Madame Dufarge and Bane is based of Monsieur Dufarge. In that novel, it appeared to be that it was Monsieur Dufarge's idea to cause the revolution for he is shown finding the letter, leading the storming of Bastille, using his store as a planning hub for the revolutionaries, etc. But, it is later revealed near the end that it was Madame Dufarge's idea for she wanted to avenge her family's murder and her husband Monsieur Dufarge did it out of his love for her. Nevertheless, Mr. Dufarge still believed in the revolution bringing justice to France so he had this other motivation to do it. Likewise, Bane believes Gotham is corrupt from working with Daggett, observing the wealth gap, and discovering Gordon's letter) The film takes a risk to make the audience assume Bane is Talia's lackey. That is because it wants the audience to make the connection that Bane is Talia's Alfred. "Lackey" by definition means "man-servant". If Talia is an anti-Bruce, for both are orphans, businessmen, ninjas, and want to avenge their father's murder by destroying/saving Gotham, then she must have a man-servant too. And Bane is her anti-Alfred, for he is intelligent, older, skilled, and loves their surrogate child as an adoptive father (Bane appears about 20 years older than Talia in the present and the flashback scenes). And the parallels between protagonists and antagonists are based of the "duality" aspect drawn from Tale of Two Cities.

They waited 8 years so--in Banes words--"peace has cost [Bruce] his strength" mentally and physically so he can't fight back and to see Gotham's state after Batman's impact. Considering Talia took on the Miranda alias and asked Bruce to help invest in the what Lucius called "first of its kind" fusion project, we can assume for 5 years she wanted to observe post-Batman Gotham. The energy project was for she said "to invest to restore balance to the world" by providing "free clean energy to entire city". And if Dr. Pavel's paper was never published, Gotham would be at peace from both Batman's work and the reactor's economic impact. But because of the weaponized fusion reactor paper 3 years prior to the film, Bruce claimed the reactor had problems and would not allow anyone to use it. Talia was then angry at Bruce for ruining what she called "the world's best chance for a sustainable future"; revenge for her father kicked in and she and Bane then planned for 3 years to use it as a way to keep the government at bay and put Gotham in a 5 month occupation and social experiment to reveal Gothamites' evil nature and torture Bruce. (She couldn't just steal the reactor to be used for its original purpose, since Wayne Enterprise would catch on to it, nor could she ask some other investor to help make another reactor since the reactor is very expensive--nearly bankrupting Wayne--and Bruce said the reactor had problems--no one would invest in something that could fail.) The League couldn't use any other bomb since unlike the reactor's fusion-based/neutron bomb, other nuclear bombs leave significant radioactive waste and that is against the League's "restore balanced to the world" philosophy. For getting a neutron bomb, handling a few CIA guys and kidnapping a scientist that can turn a reactor in Gotham into a bomb is somewhat easier than infiltrating heavily guarded military facilities to directly steal and somehow handle a neutron bomb and bring it to Gotham safely.

It's heavily implied they were on a suicide mission from the very beginning. In the opening prologue, Bane tells one of his men to stay in the plane because the CIA expect to find one of them in the wreckage. The man complies unquestionably and seems almost proud that he could die for Bane's cause. Additionally, Stryver quotes Bane, saying his men would "die before talking" when Daggett asked about his captured men from the stock heist. All this showcases that all of Bane's men were fully and completely committed to Bane and the League's mission, perfectly ready and willing to sacrifice themselves to see it through. At the end of the film, when Talia reveals herself to Batman, as being a co-conspirator with Bane. she, without hesitation presses the trigger to detonate the bomb while her, Bane and all their men are still in the city limits. The bomb fails to detonate however they try to do whatever they can to see that it goes off. It seems they had no intention of evacuating themselves before the bomb went off. They likely knew that if they wanted to completely take control of Gotham for any length of time, they wouldn't be able to get very far before the National Guard captured or killed them, so the only option was to occupy the city until the very end.

Considering Talia and Bane are bent on full revenge on Bruce and Gotham, they would die in glory, similar to how Islamist terrorists and the Japanese kamikaze die. Talia and Bane never moved on from the pain of the past --the horrid pit and Ra's death-- to the point their revenge would kill them. This is similar to how Bruce never moved on from his parents death and Rachel's death --to the point he almost died against Bane. But, since Bruce moved on from the pain, he survived.

An alternate possibility was that they had planned to evacuate shortly before the bomb went off if Bruce never returned to Gotham. The bomb had a blast radius of six miles, which wouldn't take very long to get to a safe distance from. It's possible they could have cleared the tunnel or flown out and escaped . When the bomb went off, the military would likely be in a state of shock trying to figure out what happened and the League of Shadows could make their escape relatively unnoticed as the military would likely assume something went wrong and the bomb went off accidentally. This plan being foiled when Batman and 3000 police officers overran their base of operations. It's possible they planned to evacuate before the bomb exploded so Talia could return to the pit, reveal her true identity to Bruce, and kill him.

In the pit scene, his caretaker is telling Bruce the story of the one escapee of the pit. He mentions that one child born in the pit long ago escaped the pit. Considering the fact he knew Bane was born in the pit and escaped, Bruce assumed the child was Bane. So Bruce asked the caretaker "Is Bane the child you spoke of? Was he born here?" But, the caretaker ignored the question and still went on with the story. By the time the caretaker told Bruce that the child who escaped had a protector sympathetic towards him and a mother who then died, the prison doctor, upset that the caretaker mentioned his failure of forgetting to lock her cell, told him to be quiet. Thus, the caretaker never got the chance to fully tell Bruce the truth. By not telling him, this gave Bruce the courage to climb the pit. If Bane could climb the pit, he could too. If the caretaker told him the truth that it wasn't Bane but another child who escaped, Bruce wouldn't have the courage to climb. Plus, Bruce at that time didn't know the other child was Talia, since he neither heard of Talia, nor who she impersonated, until the end of the film. This is something the prisoners would not be familiar with too, because they aren't familiar that Talia is Miranda Tate.

The signal blocker was the EMP cannon-guidance mount that Bruce received from the Bat when he asked Lucius what could block the signal. EMP weaponry would completely fry a targeted electronic device if its strong enough or if the targeted device is complex in circuitry, for it is susceptible to overheating. Gordon put the blocker at point-blank range to the bomb. The device that connects the trigger and bomb is bound to be complex in circuitry because of the complexity of starting a nuclear reaction. So, these factors guarantee that the device connecting the trigger to the bomb would be completely fried by the EMP blocker and removing the blocker would be pointless.

Bruce Wayne disapproved of the copycats because Bruce said, "That isn't exactly what I meant when I said I wanted to inspire people," because he didn't want citizens to use vigilantism.

In Batman Begins, Bruce said, "I'm gonna show the people of Gotham their city doesn't belong to the criminals and the corrupt.... People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can't do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I'm flesh and blood. I can be ignored. I can be destroyed. But as a symbol...I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting...something elemental, something terrifying." Bruce became Batman to inspire people to fight against Gotham's corrupt and criminal. This works, according to the fake Batman that Joker interrogated, "[by Batman being] a symbol; that we don't have to be afraid of scum like you".. Bruce became a vigilante since the legal system was too corrupt to be used effectively against the evils. Bruce wanted to cleanse the legal system of the mobs' control.

In The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon put all their faith in Harvey Dent, because he was the beacon of hope that Gotham City needed. Bruce wanted to inspire people that had a face that used legal means to fight criminals, not vigilantism. Bruce affirmed this by saying "exactly" after Natasha, Bruce's date, told Harvey, "Gotham needs elected officials like you, not one who thinks he is above the law".Batman then confirmed this to Dent: "You are the symbol of hope I could never be. You are the first legitimate ray of light in Gotham in decades." The problem with having a public face, is the criminals know who to attack. Harvey lost Rachel and his own sanity because he was such a public figure for hope. After Harvey Dent became insane and goes on a killing spree, Batman told Gordon to pin Dent's crimes on him because "I'm whatever Gotham needs me to be. Right now, it needs its true hero, [Harvey Dent]."

In The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce tells Gordon in the hospital the "Batman wasn't needed anymore we won". But, Gordon tells him about an "evil rising" and tells Bruce that "Batman has to come back". So, Bruce learns that vigilantism is still needed even if the police have finally conquered organized crime because of greater threats like Bane. He told Alfred that he didn't give Bane's USB drive to the police since "they don't have the tools to analyze it" and he didn't trust them out of fear of Banes infiltration: "one man's tool is another man's weapon." So, like in the past, in case the police needs help for more than they can handle, there must be a Batman -- and he later chooses Blake as his successor. Bruce Wayne tells Blake to wear a mask when fighting criminals in order to "protect the people [he] care[s] about". Bruce also states that he became Batman in order to "be a symbol - Batman could be anybody, that was the point". And this point explains the mechanics on exactly how people like the Batmen or Harvey were inspired and not afraid of scum in the first place. Since, Batman could be anyone, that means it is feasible for anyone to fix Gotham and not be afraid to do it for the person who was Batman wasn't afraid. And Dent, in The Dark Knight, apparently was inspired from Batman being anyone, for he said "Gotham city is proud for an ordinary citizen standing up for what's right" after Natasha had mocked the masked vigilante. So, Bruce never meant for people to impersonate him; rather, he wanted to inspire people to not be afraid and use legal means to fix Gotham.

How does the movie end?

Bruce escapes from the prison and enlists Selina, Miranda, Blake, Gordon, and Fox to help stop the bomb's detonation. While the police and Bane's forces clash, Batman defeats Bane, but Miranda intervenes and stabs Batman, revealing herself to be Talia al Ghul, Ra's daughter, the child who escaped the prison aided by her fellow prisoner and protector, Bane. She plans to complete her father's work by detonating the bomb and destroying Gotham, but Gordon blocks her signal, preventing remote detonation. Talia goes after the bomb while Bane prepares to kill Batman, but Selina kills Bane using the Batpod. Batman pursues Talia with the Bat, hoping to bring the bomb back to the reactor where it can be stabilized. Talia's truck crashes, but she reveals to Batman, Gordon, and Selina that she has overridden the reactor as well as the emergency flood, leaving no way to stop the bomb from exploding. With no way to stop the detonation, Batman flies the bomb over the bay and drops it in the water, where it detonates. Batman is presumed dead and is honored as a hero. With Bruce also presumed dead, Wayne Manor is left to the city to become an orphanage, and Wayne's remaining estate is left to Alfred. Fox discovers that Bruce had fixed the Bat's autopilot, and Gordon finds the Bat-Signal refurbished. While visiting Florence, Alfred sees Bruce and Selina together. Blake, whose first name is revealed to be Robin, resigns from the police force and inherits the Batcave.

The bomb was a "weaponized fusion reactor" according to Dr. Pavel's paper. Thus, it can be considered a fusion-based nuclear bomb. Normal nuclear bombs split radioactive elements into highly radioactive elements because they use fission. The fusion reactor only uses fusion. Fusion still has radiation i.e. heat, light, etc., but it has little to no radioactive waste - the only of sorts would be fast neutrons which would be absorbed by the water with no ill effects. Later, Dr. Pavel specified to the public in the stadium that the it was a neutron bomb. So "weaponized fusion reactor" really meant the conversion of the fusion core into a neutron bomb. Although it has more radiation than normal nuclear bombs, neutron bombs' radioactive waste would dissipate to safe levels quickly and the fallout would lose significance as distance increases from the original detonation point. This would also be in keeping with The League of Shadows' motives. Their intention is to destroy Gotham and its corrupt inhabitants in order to restore balance to the world - ruining the environment is not "The movement back to harmony" that Ra's mentioned in the first film. Since the bomb was detonated many miles away from the city, Gotham would be fine as long as no idiot goes to the detonation point in the short term.

No. In nuclear explosions tested at sea there were no reported tsunami. Potentially there would have been higher waves but nothing significant. Tsunamis are generally caused by earthquakes and/or volcanic activity, and these have the potential to be much, much more powerful than any nuclear weapon. For example, the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan is believed to have released energy equivalent to 9,320 gigatons of TNT - several orders of magnitude more powerful than the 50 megaton Tsar Bomba (the most powerful nuclear weapon ever built), and certainly more powerful than the 4 megaton nuke featured in this film. When a tsunami is formed, it happens because of seismic activity deep under the ocean's surface. When tectonic plates shift you either have volcanic activity or earthquakes. Because it happens deep below the surface of the water, much more water is displaced than would be by a nuclear blast.

He ejected from the Bat before it flew out over the Bay. Immediately before he boarded the Bat, Selina Kyle suggested that he would eject, but Batman said he could not because the plane had "no autopilot." It turned out, however, that the plane did have autopilot - Bruce Wayne had fixed the autopilot through a software patch, as revealed in Lucius's Fox later scene where he is studying the autopilot software on the silver-colored development prototype Bat. Batman evidently ejected from the plane sometime between boarding it and when the bomb detonated. We actually see him push a lever while in flight, but the scene cuts away before revealing this lever's effect. John Blake and the orphans then view an explosion near a building, followed by the Bat flying over the bay. This explosion would hide Batman's ejection from the public's view. We do not see Batman in the Bat between the explosion and the bomb's detonation. We do see one shot of him, but it is a close-up that does not show the larger Bat. This closeup shows him turning another lever, as though piloting an aircraft, though the Bat traveled a straight path at this point. This shot therefore depicted the ejected cockpit rather than the entire Bat aircraft. Similarly, in The Dark Knight, the Batmobile ejected a self-contained vehicle (the Batpod). Also, if you listen carefully the sound of the engine of the Bat in the scene which was previously mentioned, sounds no mechanical at all (we just hear an electric buzz) although in the following exterior shots, the propellers of the Bat are clearly heard which might indicates that Batman boards a different vehicle with electric engines -different than the propeller-powered Bat- thus proving that he had indeed ejected.

No, it isn't. Batman's Bat, which is black colored, was presumably destroyed in the explosion. The machine Lucius checks in the end of the movie is the silver prototype, in which is also shown in the beginning of the film when Bruce was checking out the Applied Sciences department. In that scene, Bruce is touching the grey prototype on the left side of the screen while the audience can see in the background a silver prototype that looks finished on its left side but missing large chunks of parts on its right side and back. Apparently, the grey prototype was finished so he painted it black and gave it to Bruce. At the end of the film, we see that the inspected prototype is silver and still missing its right wing and the right cannon mount isn't shelled up. So Lucius checks this to find any hints of autopilot programming, since the programming would presumably go on all models.

Bruce Wayne's last public appearance was about two or three days after the stock exchange robbery. He disappears shortly afterwards due to the fact that he was crippled by Bane and taken to the Pit. Since Bruce is not seen in public after this, he, being associated with the "bourgeoisie" in Bane's revolution, is assumed to have been killed in the city-wide riots or the kangaroo trials that followed the Bane's takeover. He returns to Gotham less than a day before the bomb detonates, and the only people who see him in the hostage room are Selina, Fox and Miranda, plus the few thugs and hostages present. Batman is then believed dead after he apparently sacrifices himself by flying the bomb out to sea. Since Bruce is assumed killed off sometime in the revolution, a small funeral is held after the detonation attended by those who knew his secret, with the public having no knowledge of this funeral. John Blake, upset with the fact no one else knew Bruce was Batman said, "no one's ever going to know who saved an entire city." So officially, people do not connect the two deaths. Nevertheless, there probably are conspiracy theories about Bruce, stemming back to Batman first appearing at the same time when Bruce Wayne came back from the dead in the 1st film all the way to what happened to Bruce after Lucius took him out of that hostage room in the 3rd film.

Alfred said "I failed you, you trusted me, and I failed you" to the gravestone of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce's parents. Alfred is overcome with grief from Bruce's death because he had been Bruce's caretaker since Bruce was born, and cared for him after Mr. and Mrs. Wayne died. His parents trusted Alfred to protect Bruce but he didn't since he went along with Bruce as Batman 8 years ago. Thus, when Bruce was going to be Batman again and fight Bane - someone that can outclass and kill him, Alfred didn't want to support Bruce being Batman anymore: " [Gotham] doesn't need your body, or your life. That time has passed". Alfred later told Bruce, "You see only one end to your story. Leaving is all I have to make you understand: you aren't Batman anymore - you have to find another way. You used to talk about finishing. About life beyond that awful cave." Alfred tried to convince Bruce that there was more to life than being Batman, but Bruce wanted things to go bad again so he could be Batman. So Alfred threatened to leave so Bruce wouldn't be Batman again. But Bruce shook it off, making Alfred keep his word and leave, and his fears were realized at the end of the film. Consequently, he felt he failed Bruce's parents. In the comics, KnightQuest: The Search, Alfred left Bruce too after he found out he was going to face Bane again --he worried that Bane would beat him again and kill him.

Yes she was. It was mentioned by Wayne's lawyer after the will reading that a string of pearls was missing from the manifest.

No, Alfred is not dreaming. Early in the film, Alfred tells Bruce about a fantasy he had back when Bruce had originally ran away from Gotham for 7 years. Alfred would be on a holiday in Italy, and going to a cafe by the Arno River in Florence every day at noon, and order a Fernet Branca. Every day he would be hoping that he would just happen to come across Bruce there, possibly now with a wife and children. Alfred wouldn't say anything to Bruce, and vice-versa, but Alfred would know that Bruce had made it and started a new life, free from the death, pain and misery that Gotham held for Bruce.

At the end of the film, Alfred, believing Bruce to be dead, continues with his tradition of going to the cafe in Italy during his holiday. On one particular day, he sees Bruce sitting at the table across from him with Selina Kyle. Alfred nods at Bruce and Bruce nods to Alfred. This might seem too coincidental, hence the suggestion by some that Alfred is simply dreaming it. However, as pointed out a few scenes back, Martha Wayne's pearl necklace (the one Bruce used to find Selina in the beginning of the film) is missing from Bruce's possessions. Selina can be seen wearing the necklace in the cafe scene, implying that the scene is intended to be real, something which has been confirmed by several sources. Another possibility is that Alfred could have found them by using the tracking device on the necklace to find Bruce, since Bruce did the same thing to find Selina earlier in the film.

Other things that need to be taken into account are Fox discovering that Bruce had in fact repaired the Bat's autopilot and Gordon finding the repaired Bat-Signal on the roof of the police station. Alfred had no knowledge of either of these things, and their presence makes it clear that Bruce is in fact alive. But the most simple and logical explanation would be that Bruce found out when Alfred would be on holiday, and found the "cafe by the Arno [River]" he always visits. He then went there with Selina to make sure that Alfred would see him, alive and well. It is Bruce's way to make Alfred's wish of seeing Bruce alive and happy come true, as Alfred had been such an important person in his life that he deserved this peace of mind.

Probably not. Just like most Americans can't name nor recognize any European billionaire, most Europeans won't recognize American billionaires. Assuming Bruce would be recognized is quite silly and Americentric considering only very few American billionaires are famous worldwide. Carmine Falcone even tells Bruce in Batman Begins that he would have to go a thousand miles to find someone who did not know his name. The only man who ever recognized him outside of Gotham was Ra's but that was only because he had already familiarized himself with Gotham. The people Bruce encountered when he traveled the world as a criminal in Batman Begins didn't recognize him. Additionally, in The Dark Knight, when Bruce was in his prime of persona, the by-passers in Hong Kong did not recognize him when he was taking sightseeing pictures with Lucius since no one stopped, looked, and interrupted them.

When Batman rescues Blake, we see Blake disarm the man about to shoot him and knocks him out; so Blake already can fight. Nevertheless. considering Bruce left him a bag of goods, we can assume that Bruce left him his future location coordinates in it so Bruce can train him professionally later. Worse-case scenario, Blake could ask Alfred, in who was given half of Wayne Manor, how did Bruce learn to fight and Alfred, having saw Bruce at the cafe with Selina with the pearl necklace, would help locate them for Blake by using the tracking device on it via the Bat computer (similar to how Bruce found Selina in the beginning of the film).

Due to this film being the end of the trilogy, We can speculate who he will be. The theories are;

Robin: At the end of the film, Blake reveals that his first name is Robin. Therefore it would stand to reason that Christopher Nolan was hinting that he would become the Superhero named Robin. However this is the least likely out of the scenarios. After all, becoming a superhero with your first name probably isn't the smartest way to keep your identity secret. After all, Bruce Wayne didn't dress up as a giant bat and call himself "Bruce". Also, Robin was always Batman's sidekick and different people took on the persona over the years in the comics; Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, etc.. John Blake basically acts as Batman's sidekick throughout the film and at the end we find out that his name was Robin.

Nightwing: A likely possibility. Nightwing is the persona Dick Grayson took after he became too old to continue on as Robin and went solo. So when John Blake finds the Batcave, he could alter any gadgets or uniforms to his own specifications to become his own superhero. Moreover, the outfit that Blake is wearing at the end of the film, when he enters the cave, is reminiscent of the Nightwing costume from the comics.

Batman: Often accepted by fans as Christopher Nolan's most likely intention at the end of the film. Throughout the film, Bruce Wayne explains to Blake about how Batman is a symbol, the mask is simply to protect those he cares about and that Batman could be anybody. We are also shown Gordon's surprise that the Bat Signal had been mysteriously repaired; meaning he'll have use for it. Also, the final shot of the film shows Blake looking at the Batcave and when he stands on the platform hidden in the water, it rises up and then the film ends. This was likely an allusion to the title of the film, The Dark Knight Rises.

No. It's been stated that the next Batman film will be a reboot, possibly with Christopher Nolan as producer. However, Christian Bale has said that he would be willing to return for a fourth Batman film if Nolan came to him with a script (though Bale reportedly turned down $50,000,000.00 to return as Batman in the Nolan-produced Man Of Steel sequel). There are, of course, rumors of a spinoff about Catwoman. Anne Hathaway has said she is open to such a film, but only if Nolan directs it. As for any rumors about a Robin film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has also said he is willing to reprise the role on the grounds that Nolan directs.

Some people who have seen this film have speculated that Christopher Nolan originally planned for Bruce Wayne to die but that Warner Bros. forced him to write a different ending. However, David Goyer, who wrote or co-wrote the stories for all three films in Nolan's Batman trilogy, said in an interview, "The final scene of The Dark Knight Rises is exactly [the] scene we talked about [when Christopher Nolan and I started the trilogy with Batman Begins]. It remained completely unchanged." And Nolan himself, in an interview with MTV, said, "One of the first things I knew about the project is how we were going to end the story." The film is also partially based on the series of Batman comics The Dark Knight Returns, in whose finale Batman fakes his own death, and there is even a funeral for Bruce Wayne, much like the film.

Christopher Nolan decided this chapter should end rather than expand the series. As he only makes room for one film at a time, he wasn't sure he wanted to return to direct a third Batman film, as The Dark Knight was immensely successful and critically acclaimed, so expectations for a third film would undoubtedly be extremely high. Nolan himself said he would not direct a third film unless the script could match or top The Dark Knight. Ideas started to come while in production of Inception, and Nolan made the decision to end his Batman legacy as a trilogy, closing all loose ends with a definitive conclusion. However, Christian Bale has said that he would be willing to return for a fourth Batman film if Nolan came to him with a script.

Out of respect for the late Heath Ledger, no reason is given in the film for his absence. Christopher Nolan said, "We're not addressing the Joker at all. That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath and the experience I went through with him on The Dark Knight. I didn't want to, in any way, try and account for a real-life tragedy. That seemed inappropriate to me. We just have a new set of characters and a continuation of Bruce Wayne's story not involving The Joker."

No. Christopher Nolan addressed that rumor in an interview for Empire Magazine: "No, it's not true at all. You read a lot of crazy things. I don't think I'd want to sit through a four-hour version of this movie! As a writer-director, it's pretty easy for me to be rigorous and precise about the running time of the film...and I think with each film I've told the studio exactly how long it was going to be two years ahead of time." The rumor apparently came from what the editors of MTV's website later described as "a humorous exaggeration" in a March, 2012 article on their site; before the article was revised, it referred to a "four-hour rough cut" of the movie. The rumor also came from that his brother's rough draft of the script was 400 pages long. However, Christopher made his own 165 page shooting script based on it. And we can assume the rough draft was that long since its based of Tale of Two Cities - a novel that is around 400 pages long. The rumor is also debunked, because the film's shooting script is relatively the same as what was shown in theaters. In terms of what was cut out of the movie, only redundant dialogue was cut out. In terms of Bane's backstory, only a short scene of Bane training out of Ra's Al Ghul was cut out. Everything else in the script is relatively the same, although the film changed the last fight between Batman and Bane to be slightly longer and different.

It is never directly stated however there are several possibilities: (1) He still had the Batpod and maybe he decided that he liked the Batpod better, (2) He already took the Bat and perhaps he was going to take a Tumbler later after he had secured the Bat at Wayne Manor, or (3) Maybe none of the Tumblers came in black.

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