Perhaps the open ending of “Inception” is to blame, but for whatever reason, a segment of audiences seemed to be baffled by the conclusion of this summer’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” At least one blogger surmised that Bruce Wayne was actually dead at the end of the film, and when Alfred looks up in an Italian cafe and sees him along with Selina Kyle, leading a new, quiet and happy life, it’s his imagination (or something). But just like he did for “Inception,” Caine has put all conjecture to rest about what those final moments really mean.
“They were there,” Caine told Hero Complex. “They were real. There was no imagination. They were real and he was with Anne, the cat lady, and I was happy ever after for him as I told him during the picture.” Done and done. That will hopefully put this issue to rest, though we’re not quite sure how there could be confusoin as anything else wouldn’t really make much narrative or thematic sense.
And what’s next for Alfred? Well, “Justice League” is around the corner and a new Batman will be suiting up, and Caine is ready to go if asked. “I said to Chris, ‘If they do it again and they ask me to be the Butler, I’m going to do it,’” the actor shared. “He said, ‘I want 10%.’ ”
“The Dark Knight Rises” is now available on home video.