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Post-RISES Mailbag #2
Author: Jett
August 2, 2012

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Who rebuilt the Batsignal?
Bruce Wayne! This was his way of telling Gordon that he survived and was alive and well. Remember, he sent a subtle “I made it” to all those he cared about. Of course the way Bruce let Alfred know wasn’t too subtle!

If Bruce had fixed the autopilot, why did he let Lucius Fox believe it hadn’t been repaired?
See the answer to the previous question. He knew Fox would eventually discover he had repaired The Bat’s autopilot, thus, Fox would know that Bruce was alive. Next time you see it, watch the exchange about The Bat and the autopilot between Bruce and Fox right before the finale.

Why have Blake’s legal name revealed as “Robin” and not “Dick Grayson?”
Well, a pretty good chunk of the mainstream audience doesn’t know who Grayson is quite frankly. However, they definitely know “Robin.” Plus, John Blake was pretty much an amalgamation of the 3 main Robins -- Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake -- so having him simply be “Robin” in a nod to them all.

Even though RISES ends Nolan’s Batman trilogy, he certainly left the door open for a sequel. Any chance of that happening?
Nope, not at all. They’re definitely going to reboot Batman on film.

If I had my druthers, I’d like to see Batman on film get a chance to chill a bit -- like for at least 5 years. Then I’d reboot with a quality filmmaker who has a passion for the character and a vision for the film in tow. BUT…

I can’t deny that there’s a little part of me that would like to see a spin-off trilogy featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake as Nightwing. But therein lies the issue with such a project: Nightwing ain’t Batman. “But he could be the new Batman” I hear you say in response. Therein lies yet another issue with such a project: Batman is Bruce Wayne and Bruce Wayne is Batman. I’m not so sure folks will come out in droves to see a Batman film without Mr. Wayne.

Chris Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” ended perfectly in my opinion and there is no need whatsoever to jack with it.

Bring on the Bat-Reboot!

If RISES is definitely the “end,” then why show The Batsignal rebuilt? Why show John Blake “rising” in the Batcave as the last scene? They totally left the door open for a sequel.
Man, I'm getting a TON of these sort of questions!

Could there be a sequel -- a BATMAN 4 if you will -- to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? Yes. Will there be one? As I just said while answering the previous question…NOPE. Since I’ve discussed this topic ad nauseam, I’ll leave it at that.

As far as the rebuilt Batsignal and Blake in The Batcave at the very end, here’s the deal folks…

Bruce installed a new Batsignal as a way to show Gordon that he actually survived. Blake in the Cave “rising” at the end reiterates one of the most important themes of the Trilogy: Batman is an everlasting symbol of hope for the people of Gotham.

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