Listen, I know Christopher Nolan’s films can be labyrinthine and twisty, and the end of “Inception” was one of the best “gotcha!” moments in recent memory, but did anyone really think that the end of “The Dark Knight Rises” was a dream? I thought it was crystal clear, but it appears that it’s still a legitimate concern for some folks.
To recap for the five people who haven’t seen it (and duh, spoilers), the end of ‘Rises’ sees Batman (Christian Bale) seemingly dying while saving Gotham, passing the mantle, his Batcave, and more over to a certain John Robin Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). However, in the film’s last moments, we’re taken to Florence, where Alfred (Michael Caine) visits his usual café, only to look up and see Bruce Wayne alive and well, sitting with Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway). It’s a sweet little touch that wraps up the trilogy nicely, but it appears for some, there are lingering questions
At a SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by EW, Bale was asked directly if that final sequence was a dream, and he essentially says: no, it wasn’t. While he’s polite enough to add that the movies are all about people bringing their own interpretations etc. etc., he says that as far as he’s concerned, Bruce Wayne survived, and is probably still there now, getting fat on Italian cooking. Thoughts? Let us know below.