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Jonathan Nolan Talks About the Ending of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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October 15, 2012
Source: IGN

The Dark Knight Rises

It's been early three months since the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy hit theaters, but there's still plenty of buzz on the internet about The Dark Knight Rises. After all, the home video release arrives on December 4th, along with a set of all three films featuring Christian Bale as Batman. Now someone else besides the director has taken a couple minutes to talk about the ending of the trilogy. Be aware, if you haven't watched The Dark Knight Rises, there are spoilers abound from this point on in this quick interview featuring writer Jonathan Nolan talking about the conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.

Here's the video of Jonathan Nolan talking about The Dark Knight Rises from IGN:

It's clear he doesn't want to dig into too many definitive details and would rather the audience make up their minds about the film itself. The director mentions how he and Christopher Nolan disagree about their interpretation of the ending of Memento. The same can maybe be said when it comes to determining whether or not Alfred actually saw Bruce Wayne at the end of the film, or if that's just the happy ending he envisions because he's now free of the baggage that is the cape and cowl of Batman. Nolan doesn't want to shut down any of the fan speculation and simply says:

"I've long maintained that if you get to that place where people are passionate about it, and arguing about what the end of your film means, that's great. And who am I to put my opinion into the mix?"

As for whether or not Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes on to become Robin or merely takes the place of Batman, it seems like that's something Nolan would like to leave up to the fans as well. However, he might be leaning towards a lack of Robin in the literal sense as he calls that inclusion of the name more of a wink than anything. Personally, I think it's more likely that Gordon-Levitt's character simply becomes a different version of Batman, or maybe even Nightwing. Either way, it's a fun ambiguous ending that only the Nolan brothers could deliver with so much satisfaction. What do you think?

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  • http://www.pewpewpew.de/ reeft
    I N T E R S T E L L A R NOW. Please, dear God, please?!
  • OfficialJab
    It was a great ending that made me sad that the series is over. However, I didn't really want them to bring out any more Batman villains, they mostly get pretty silly from there on out, with too few exceptions.
  • JJ King
    VALIDATED! and NOT VALIDATED!
  • Chippa
    Meh. Oh wait. I thought this is The Avengers. Well,it's the same crap basically. So meh. Now come at me bro.
    • ShirtlessLocke
      Your life sounds captivating.
      • Chippa
        Comic book movies is ssseriouss busssinessss. Don't even dare to think to critisize. Everybody gets touchy feely just like that *snaps fingers*
    • Richie G
      11 down votes, well I bet you feel acomplished. People are idiots
      • Chippa
        lol How else could it have gone? There is no sense of humor among the zealots ;) But c'mon people going for the record here need more downvotes
        • Richie G
          more preps to you... seriously, keep it up
          • Chippa
            You know what is funny? I liked Batman.The Avengers was entertaining too. But don't you dare say anything vaguely dismissive of the two.It's akin to saying to a devaut fundamental christian that Jesus was a faggot or some other in their opinion blasphemous shit . So just in honor of those kind of people: Meh. Let the butthurt flow through you. I also don't mind Jesus. Fanboys of any kind are a plague.
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Philip-Cinquegrano/100000932639147 Christopher Philip Cinquegrano
      Meh
  • BinaryChaos
    People are still questioning the ending whether or not Alfred actually saw Bruce Wayne? That's kind of ridiculous considering Selina Kyle was there and how would he imagine her since he never met her in person? The ending was straight forward that he didn't die I mean if Selina Kyle wasn't there then I would question it but her presence shows that Bruce Wayne lived.
    • Jericho
      THANK YOU, and no one can just quip up about the fact he passively glanced at her request in the beginning when she posed as a maid....
    • Ryderup
      He did meet her...
    • Avi
      true...
    • Danimal
      Well if I remember correctly, he did meet her, and knew about her after Bruce searched her up in the batcave, but what convinced me that he DID see them, was when they reassured that the autopilot function on the bat had been fixed weeks prior to the attack :)
      • Rain Spider
        He met here, but he had no idea that Bruce and her were involved or Romantically involved or whatever the hell they were.
    • David Darida
      still, faking his own death, plus with that ridiculous nuclear bomb or whatever it was....was pretty lame...it wasn't the ending we deserved, or we needed...he should've DIED !!!
      • Richie G
        yeah maybe, it needed something anyway. I thought Hardy was phenominal as Bane (especially that scene when Gordan was brought to him) and Hathaway was great as Selina (especially in that bar scene), but I left the cinema super disapointed. My friends and I didn't debate the movie over drinks afterward, we discussed how it could have been improved... and it was a long conversation
        • David Darida
          I love the scene in which Bane decides to kill Batman even though Talia told him not to...great scene...established him as a stupid douche on steroids...what reminds me, how is Batman & Robin's Bane doing? :D But no, that movie had more absurd scenes than you would expect especially when it is Nolan's movie. "In Nolan we trust" won't work anymore :D
  • Eli
    I really wish they wouldn't have shown Bruce Wayne at the end, just Alfred smiling in that direction.
    • Guy
      Agreed! More powerful that way.
      • http://www.facebook.com/ege.sonmez.180 Ege Sönmez
        more inceptionish that way, but i definitely agree.
  • Alfred
    the autopilot was fixed by Wayne, secretly without Fox knowledge. its pure amd simple - this isnt Memento plot guys. sheesh
    • http://www.facebook.com/ege.sonmez.180 Ege Sönmez
      how does batman escape from a flying vehicle that's over the ocean and there's a bomb which will explode in a 5 mile radius in 5 seconds after he stares at us for lie 45 seconds inside the Bat.
      • Name
        Because Batman.
      • http://twitter.com/JimViola James Viola
        Superman.
  • Accent
    The only surprising thing here is that Jonathan has an American accent and not a British one like his older brother. I learned something.
  • Mau-Dee
    1) Alfred met Selina..and didn't he see Bruce obsessing over her on his computer? 2) The autopilot was activated but can anyone really escape a 5 mile radius nuclear explosion? (With the counter down to only a couple minutes before the blast) and 3) God bless the Nolans for keeping us geeks debating and arguing long after the film is gone. Perfect ending as far as I'm concerned.
  • Guest
    I'm pretty sure I saw shadows sliding over batmans face at the time he (or just the bat) was flying over the sea, but the sky was clear..? So i'm thinking he might have jumped to an different vehicle as the bat continues off the shore on autopilot.
  • ProjectionistHP
    I'm pretty sure I saw shadows sliding over batmans face at the time he was supposedly flying over the sea, with a clear sky. So i'm thinking he might have left the bat flying on autopilot before the shoreline and is actually driving another vehicle then the bat carrying the bomb..?
    • ProjectionistHP
      Sorry about double-post, seems like using internet is above my skill-limits today...

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