Bale Explains the Ending of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (SPOILERS!) Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
December 12, 2014
I’m going to assume that if you are here on BOF reading this right now, you have seen THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. But just in case, the following contains a major spoiler about the ending of that film.
OK, still with me? Let’s continue…
One of the biggest debates amongst fans of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” is whether or not Bruce Wayne really survived the nuclear blast at the end of the film. In particular, did Alfred (Michael Caine) really see Bruce and Selina in that Italian café, or was it Alfred’s fantasy?
If you are a regular reader of BOF, you know that I’ve maintained that Chris Nolan gave Bruce Wayne – and the fans of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” – a happy ending. And I can say with 100% certainty that Bruce Wayne survived, hooked up with Selina, and lived happily ever after. How do I know? Because Chris Nolan told me personally when I visited with him and his wife Emma Thomas at the RISES premiere after party back in 2012. I do think that if Chris was asked about RISES's ending in an official interview, he's say that the audience can interpret it any way they want. However, the bottom line is that the filmmaker himself considers the ending "real."
Now, the Batman of the “Trilogy” himself – Christian Bale – is confirming that Bruce lived and Alfred did indeed see him and Selina at the end of the film…
”[Alfred] was content with me being alive and left because that was the life he always wanted for him. I find it very interesting and with most films, I tend to say ‘It’s what the audience thinks it is.’ My personal opinion? No, it was not a dream. That was for real and he was just delighted that finally he had freed himself from the privilege, but ultimately the burden of being Bruce Wayne.”
‘Nuff said. In fact, I've always thought it was pretty obvious that Bruce was indeed alive at the end. He fixed The Bat's auto pilot (Fox) as well as the Batsignal (Gordon), and left the "Bat-bag" to John Blake. Of course, the big "AH HA...he's ALIVE!" moment was when he revealed himself to Alfred at the cafe in Italy. To actually hear what Bale had to say (even though you read it above), check out the Soundcloud player below.
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