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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

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There are three: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and this film, The Dark Knight Rises. All three feature Christian Bale as Batman. Added to the films is Batman: Gotham Knight, a direct-to-DVD anthology film of six short animated films set in between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Someone who watches The Dark Knight Rises first should be able to follow the overall story. However, this movie is the third and final in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and, as such, there are many story references to the first two films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. 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 first two movies before this one.

Who is the villain?

Bane (Tom Hardy) is the primary villain. Other villains featured are Ra's al Ghul (Liam Neeson), his daughter Talia (Marion Cotillard), corrupt businessman John Daggett (Ben Mendelsohn), and Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), who makes a cameo appearance in his role from the first two films, this time as a hanging judge in a kangaroo court. Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), however, is portrayed as an antiheroine rather than a traditional villain, serving as a foil to Bruce Wayne/Batman.

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.

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."

In the very first moments of the film, there is a scene where Jim Gordon reads a eulogy about Harvey Dent, which 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 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 director 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 8 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 Jim Gordon, the Police Commissioner.

The Dent Act is a law passed in honor of the late Harvey Dent commemorating his commitment to rid the city of organized crime. The act is implied to have many anti-organized crime measures, since it gave police the "teeth" it needed against the mob. But, the movie, through John Blake, tell us the most important aspect of the act: there is absolutely no possibility of parole: "These men, locked up in Blackgate for eight years, denied parole under the Dent Act. Based on a lie". 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 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 was designed to completely eliminate organized crime and corruption by ensuring that criminals are taken off the street in for the long term and discourages any further organized crime. And this was made easier, since in the end of the previous film, Joker was detained, the mob leaders died--making the mobsters vulnerable and eliminating financial incentives for corrupt cops--and most of their men (549 out of the 1000 mobsters in Gotham) were still in prison because of Dent's prosecution. The remaining mobsters on the streets would be swiftly caught by the SWAT and cops. Blake reminds the audience of all of this: "When you and Dent cleaned the streets you cleaned 'em good". Because of Batman saving Dents prosecution, the appeal process of leaving jail would fail since the criminals didn't have any dirt on Harvey. All that had to be done was to keep them from leaving jail by denying parole. Thus, in Gordon's words, "there are a 1000 inmates in Blackgate Prison as a direct result of the Dent Act."

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.

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 in 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 "lock up half of the cities criminals [without wearing a mask]". Since already 549 of the 1000 mobsters were now locked up, Batman was soon not needed. Harvey says in the dining scene that Batman "doesn't want to spend the rest of his life doing this. Batman is looking for someone to take up his mantle." and that he would do it ". . . if I am up for it." Plus, Bruce and Rachel discussed that Bruce could finally retire and be with Rachel through Dent's work.

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 criminals 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 criminals would fail at appeal and not leave jail. With the mob bosses dead--leaving the mobsters vulnerable and eliminating financial incentives for cop corruption--and the Joker captured, the remaining mobsters on the streets can be easily rounded up by the SWAT and cops. And with the Dent Act eliminating parole, all those men were locked up for good, thus deterring organized crime from bouncing back.

In conclusion, by inspiring Dent, most of the criminals were arrested under his prosecution, then jailed forever --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 that in this Batman universe, Joker would be locked up forever.

The CIA didn't because they didn't know Barsad, 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. Barsad was working with the CIA beforehand and captured the three men for the organization. Thus, the CIA didn't need to check them. 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 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, an government official in the Pentagon said, "Pavel was confirmed dead - plane crash on an Agency pull-out of Uzbekistan... But it certainly looks like him [on the football field]." 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 Bane's men caused the plane to crash by being attacked outside and by one of his men being in the plane, in 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.

After Batman tells Commissioner Gordon to pin Harvey Dent's crimes on him, Bruce Wayne hangs up the cape and the cowl and ceases to be Batman. But Bruce didn't disappear after that. After The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne decided to "grow up" and actually start becoming a billionaire philanthropist, starting charities for various causes such as the Saint Swithen's orphanage and then, according to Lucius in the office scene, "[Bruce funnels] the entire R and D budget for five years into a fusion project that [he] then [mothballs]". 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 3 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 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 again 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 climax of Batman Begins happens on the eve of Bruce Wayne's 30th birthday. The Dark Knight was said to have taken place roughly 6 to 9 months later. and The Dark Knight Rises takes place 8 years after The Dark Knight and 5 months pass within the film (11 if you count the prologue taking place 6 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, 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 less than a year. In this film, 8 years have passed and Bruce has been locked away in seclusion. If he didn't stay in top shape, the previous injuries to his body would likely start taking their toll. At the end of The Dark Knight, Bruce can be seen limping after falling while running from the police, so the cane he has in this story is probably a result of the fall.

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. 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." Since Bruce was a "billionaire orphan", in other words a man of great resources who lost his parents to crime, the awed orphans thought Bruce was Batman and made up stories and legends about it. The orphans liked Batman, since they are, after all, kids (and 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 Billionaire Bruce is a mask that hides Bruce's true angry nature, making the stories as true. Blake wears his own version of the Billionaire mask to hide his own version of the Batman. Bruce finds comfort in confiding in Blake, and the end of Blake's journey is inevitable. He recognizes that Bruce is the mask because he wears his own.

Bane is a well known international terrorist and mercenary. The CIA had wanted him for his terrorist actions. According to Alfred, who researched Bane for Bruce, he had worked with John Daggett in a coup in West Africa to secure mining interests. So, Bane must be very familiar to Gothamites considering John Daggett's partnership with him would have been controversial. Plus he is infamous because "[he has] No other known name [and he] Never [has] been seen or photographed without a mask". That means all Bane photographs have him wearing a mask. Thus, people have know him as the "masked man." Considering how Bane is well known and very infamous, Gordon probably has heard about him beforehand and recognized him from pictures.

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.

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.

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

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; Batman is not an executioner. That is his "one rule". People might accidentally die because of his actions (such as Harvey Dent in the previous film or the driver of the bomb truck in The Dark Knight Rises), 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.

We don't see Bane enter the building, but when he approaches the metal detector, he is still wearing his motorcycle helmet and a jacket of a delivery company. We can assume that Bane was posing as a delivery man and usually in a business, delivery orders come through the back entrance of a building to not disturb costumers in the front. Thus, the motorcycles were from the back entrance of the building and could be easily snuck in. (There are two different entrances to the building --the back metal detector entrance and the front entrance where the stockbrokers were getting their shoe shined.) If the audience missed the above detail, then they could assume when Bane took the exchange hostage, his men could have easily took the bikes in from the front before the police arrived. Or, considering his men worked as the maintenance and operators of the exchange, they could have previously snuck the bikes in when the building was closed.

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 transaction would have been over turned, since Lucius Fox told Bruce the following day "[in the] Long term we may be able to prove fraud, but for're completely broke." But, Bane took Bruce out of Gotham before then. With Bruce missing and the city held hostage, there would have been no point in reversing the transaction. Plus, according to Lucius in his Manor visit, the program Bane and his men uploaded assigned to Bruce risky put options and the options expired that last night. Because put option investments are in nature many months in retrospect, the program possibly created 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 definitely would not let any foreign entity, like Gotham, use and imprison Lau and get away with it . China would call Batman being a "vigilante" a bluff, since he arrested Lau for 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 --not allowing the events of The Dark Knight to go through.

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.

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Bane was involved with the League of Shadows - the same organization that trained Bruce Wayne - and so if Bane took over the League of Shadows after Ra's al Ghul's death, he likely would have learned this from existing members. Or the League told Talia, who in turn told Bane. Or, he figured it out on his own, just like Bane did in the 1990s comic series Knightfall.

Couple 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. Plus, Batman didn't have the same knowledge of Bane's weakness in the first fight that he did in the second, having learned the mask suppresses pain from a prisoner in the Pit. 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.

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 in the sewer scene, 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 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.

It is stated in the film that Bane has some type of anesthetic (most likely morphine, as the prison doctor is stated to have been a morphine addict) continually pumped into him through his mask. This presumably resulted in Bane being at least partially, perhaps even fully, insensitive to Batman's attacks. 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.

Given the history of Bane having men undercover for him, he probably had someone undercover at Wayne Enterprise that would have secretly informed him where the armory was. Just because the armory has been "off the books," in which means not on financial records, since Bruce's father's death doesn't mean that no one at the company knows about it being there. Only outsiders like Daggett, being only a board member, would be only familiarized in on the book divisions. I.E. when Bruce asked about working in Applied Sciences to then CEO Earl in Batman Begins or Wayne's accountant, Mr. Reese, questioning why Applied Sciences slipped out of financial records in The Dark Knight. Bane had access to the underground sewer system and so purposefully built it underneath Wayne Enterprises' Applied Sciences Division. Quite possibly he had access to schematics of the sewer system and thus could ascertain the location of the off-limits area. (John Blake was also in possession of such documents.) With regard to the fusion core, Bane was affiliated with Miranda Tate, who had previously visited the chamber with Lucius Fox and Bruce Wayne, so it is highly likely that she informed him of its presence to advance their plans.

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, Bane gives a speech to Batman about being born in darkness and not seeing the light until he was a man. It is unclear where Bane is born, so he could have been speaking metaphorically, such as being "reborn" in the pit, starting his new life with a new purpose. Regardless, we know that he spent most of his life in the prison, as he refers to it as "home." It is incredibly likely, however, that he was born in the prison, considering his protection of Talia. Both of them being born in the Pit may have made empathy the driving force for Bane to protect Talia.

Talia al Ghul infiltrated Wayne Enterprises some time before the events of the film. Talia 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. It is also revealed that Miranda/Talia has a plane, when she says to Bruce: "We could leave. Tonight. Take my plane. Go anywhere we wanted"; Bane would have used this to transport Bruce.

Concerning how much time Bruce had to get back to Gotham 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 that Bruce had the skills to do it in previous movies --especially Batman Begins. Thus, it wasn't necessary to show it and the mis-en-scene after rising from the pit of a simple clothed Bruce walking on tough, exotic terrain alludes to this previous film. 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 money 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 back to Gotham, Gotham wasn't technically quarantined, as food shipments were allowed in. Citizens just weren't allowed out. That's how the Special Forces team managed to get into the city. So Bruce could have easily snuck back in that way, or by sneaking on ice, using the Batmobile path between Gotham and the Batcave, ninja skills, etc.

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) Wayne Manor is said to be located outside the city limits (and perhaps off the main island of Gotham), he could have gone back to his home and taken the Bat (last shown in the Batcave before being found on the building) and flown to the bridge or just beyond it. This last theory is supported by the notion that Wayne Manor is not shown to have been looted and occupied by the Blackgate Prison escapees. It is also shown in a Map of Gotham city produced as part of the viral marketing, similarly to other known maps of Gotham from comics, that Wayne Manor is outside of the main set of islands that were under Bane's martial law. In the end, Bruce Wayne, probably learned of several or many different ways to gain access to a city that could be so easily cut off from the outside world, i.e., as Batman, he'd have to know alternate routes and access points to track criminals and find their hideouts, etc.

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 Bruce's soul, instead of killing him since "[he] doesn't fear death but welcomes it". Bane said he would torture Bruce's beloved 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". Bruce would then "under[stand] the depth of [his] failure"--that his work as Batman was fruitless; Gotham is inherently evil and nonredeemable --that the eight year "peace" proved nothing about Gotham's good, with the greedy and destructive people, whether they be rich or poor like John Dagget and Selina-- and the fact that the peace was only accomplished through martyrizing a murderer. Interestingly, 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."

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 ligament muscles were irritated. So, the time frame is 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 can assume Bane left it on, since he thought Bruce wouldn't escape. Or Bruce didn't have it and walked with the pain, since you can still walk even if there isn't cartilage in the knee; 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 leg brace.

The force of falling with the rope probably wasn't enough the 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 ribs; as long as the knife doesn't hit any major arteries, Batman would be fine. And the area she stabbed was by the liver, in which the liver wounds are known to be non-fatal if no major artery is hit. So, we can assume Talia either stabbed enough not to hit anything, or stabbed the liver. 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 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 survive the multistory penthouse fall if he crushed the car roof and landed on his back? Plus, Joker stabbed Batman multiple times in where he called "all the old familiar places" in their final fight and Batman survived. Thus, we can assume that Talia's stabbing isn't a big deal.

The protector protected the child from the prisoners in the pit, because he 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 her, Talia al Guhl aka Miranda Tate. 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.

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.

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.

Bane was threatening Lucius to turn on the reactor by having his henchman put a gun towards an elder board member's head. When Lucius said no to turning it on, Miranda had then put her hand on the scanner to activate the reactor. Miranda told Lucius, "you'll kill [the board member] and yourself, and barely slow them down." From what she said, she is letting Lucius know flooding the chamber is counterproductive since Lucius, her, and the other board member dies and Bane and his men can still escape and cause damage. If Lucius flooded the reactor, the flood or Bane would have killed Lucius and co. Then, Bane and his men, being able bodied, would escape though the blast hole they had used to enter the chamber. Then since they couldn't use the bomb as leverage to prevent the government from infiltrating the city, Bane with his army and tumblers would have just killed and destroyed Gotham ASAP. Thus, Bane could still fulfill Ra's destiny, but at the expense of not having the 5 month social experiment to prove to the world why Gotham is corrupt and must be destroyed. Plus, if Lucius tried to enable the flood, Miranda would have overridden the flood command since we learned at the end of the film that she previously learned the reactors commands from Fox. As well it couldn't have been as simple as a push of a button. Flooding the reactor was a very big deal, and it's very possible that Lucius would have had to go through several steps and pushed several switches to confirm that he really did want to flood the reactor. This would almost certainly result in Bane's men catching onto what Lucius was doing and stopping him.

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 rat 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.

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 2 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. 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, and public works and non-profits like orphanages it used to fund stop. 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 take back what is [theirs], when Bane said they were oppressed by the rich and "myth of opportunity". Plus, unlike Bruce's allies, Gothamites didn't know the decaying fuel cells would cause the bomb to go off in 5 months since Bane only told Lucius and the other board member, not the public. Thus, assuring the people to trust Bane's revolution further.

Bane carefully chose to neither tell them that he broke Batman nor that Batman is alive, leaving that information ambiguous to cause even more fear. Bane's plan from the beginning was "to feed people hope to poison their souls". By not telling them that he had broke Batman and imprisoned him, the people of Gotham would mistakenly hope that Batman is out there and that he will come to save them (taking into account that Bane never believed that Bruce could actually escape from the pit). 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 "false glimmer of hope" (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 went to the neighborhood and walked around 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.

Bane told Bruce Wayne in the Pit that he wanted to feed the people of Gotham a false sense of hope. 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 probably 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. 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.

It was both his and Talia's plan to destroy Gotham. Since she said he was her "protector", some people assume he is Talia's "lacky". Thats not the case, considering that Bane was the plan's general: similar to how Darth Vader from Star Wars is the Sith Lord's general. And like Vader, Bane being the general of another doesn't make him less threatening. Just like Vader later killed the Sith Lord, Bane disobeyed Talia's orders of not killing Bruce since he later put the gun to Bruce's face and said "You and I both know that I have to kill you now--you just have to imagine the fire." Although Gotham wasn't as corrupt after 8 years, Talia and Bane worked together to destroy Gotham for the primarily reason of revenge against Bruce killing Ra's. Talia said she wanted to destroy Gotham "[to] honor [her] father by finishing his work. Vengeance against the man who killed him. . ." Ra's helped Talia enact what she called "terrible vengeance" in the pit to those who killed her mother and hurt Bane and he enriched her with his teachings. Thus, Talia, honoring her father's help in her life, forgave him about Bane's excommunication and enacted vengeance on Bruce for betraying the League and killing her father: "I couldn't truly forgive my father until you murdered him." This is the opposite of Bruce saving Gotham in the name of his father; Ra's too, in Batman Begins' campfire scene, taught Bruce to enact vengeance for his parents' death. For Bane, although he also hated the excommunication, since he was enraged when Batman mentioned it in their first fight, he later joined Talia to destroy Gotham. This is from his friendship to her and since Talia would have told him to honor Ra's for saving him from the Pit and giving him a life purpose through League training. But, Bane primarily wants to destroy Gotham to redeem himself to Ra's as worthy of the League--unlike the traitor Bruce--so Ra's would know he made the mistake of excommunicating him. Thus, that is why after Bane got angry about his excommunication in the first fight, he boasted "I am the League of Shadows and I am here to fulfill Ras Al Ghul's destiny" to prove to his ego he shouldnt have excommunicated him if he will fulfill Ras destiny and destroy the traitor. Finally, both believed that Gotham is still corrupt even if organized crime is gone, since they observed white collar crime from Daggett, the wealth gap in the recession Gotham was in, and later finding out about the Dent cover up. Plus, the occupation would show the world the anarchical behavior of Gothamites to further justify its destruction. That is why Bane wanted the board members to see "next era of Western Civilization" and Miranda said "innocence is a strong word" to Bruce when referring to Gothamites.

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/clean energy 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 way to destroy Gotham, since Ra's plaque methods wont stop gas-masked military soldiers from invading and unlike the reactor's fusion-based bomb, other nuclear bombs leave radioactive waste and that is against the League's "restore balanced to the world" philosophy. They could alternatively use their mercenary army to destroy Gotham before the government steps in, but that won't allow the social experiment to go through since Gothamites are dead. Rather, if Lucius flooded the reactor, Bane and Talia would have escaped through the blast hole in the chamber and have done this method instead.

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.

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.

Dr. Pavel specified to the public in the stadium that it was a fully primed neutron bomb. Scientifically, neutron bombs are nuclear bombs that leave little to no fallout, because of the radiation's very short half-life. The bomb also came from the brand new technology for sustainable energy --the fusion reactor-- thus, can be considered a pure fusion bomb if not a neutron bomb. Miranda Tate mentions that the reactor uses "No radiation, no fossil fuels." Normal nuclear power and 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 no radioactive waste - the only radiation of sorts would be fast neutrons which would be absorbed by the water with no ill effects.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 order. However, if they set off a nuclear bomb that produces significant fallout, this could spread far beyond Gotham, crippling far more of the country than intended. To have a bomb that has the effects of a nuclear blast but little to none of the fallout, this would be perfect for their intentions.

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 colored Bat prototype, in which is also shown in the beginning of the film to Bruce when he was checking out the Applied Sciences department. He checks this to find any hints of autopilot programming, since the programming would presumably go on all models. Presumably, this silver prototype is for programming and development, thus doesn't fly.

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 League of Shadows' takeover. He returns to Gotham less than a day before the bomb detonates, and the only people who see him out of the Batsuit are Selina, Fox and Miranda, plus the few other henchman and hostages present. Batman is then believed dead after he apparently sacrifices himself by flying the bomb out to sea. Since Bruce was believed to have been killed by the League of Shadows months before, 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." Hence, people do not connect the two deaths.

Bruce Wayne disapproved of the copycats because they were simply vigilantes dressing up as him, going around town with no training and attempting to kill criminals. Bruce said, "That isn't exactly what I meant when I said I wanted to inspire people," because he didn't want citizens to go attack criminals themselves, which would likely result in the amateur vigilantes getting killed.

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. He 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 vigilantes themselves. Batman said to Dent, "You are the symbol of hope I could never be. You are the first legitimate ray of light in Gotham in decades." This is exactly what Bruce Wayne had intended in the first place: to show the truly good people that it was okay to stand up to criminals. 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 Wayne tells Blake to wear a mask when fighting criminals in order to protect the people he cares about. Bruce also states that he became Batman in order to inspire people to do good and stand up to criminals and the corrupt in some small way. He then explains that he became Batman as the symbol of standing up to crime. Nobody knew who Batman was; therefore, Batman could literally be anyone who was sick of the corrupt getting away with their crimes and decided to make a stand. He wasn't saying that everyone should dress up as Batman and go fight crime on the street level.

Alfred is speaking to the gravestone of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce's parents. Alfred is overcome with grief because he had been Bruce's caretaker since Bruce was born, mostly on his own after Mr. and Mrs. Wayne died. Essentially, Alfred has been a second father to Bruce and Alfred has cared deeply about him. Thus, when Bruce was going to be Batman again and fight Bane, Alfred was worried that he won't have the strength to do it and die. Alfred 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 decided to 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, 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.

Considering Bruce left him a bag of goods, we can assume that Bruce had training material and connections in it--i.e. where to meet up with him later to be trained.

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.

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 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 slight;y longer and more epic than the script's.

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