Will Batman Die At The End Of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?

Will Batman Die At The End Of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?

There has been much speculation about whether or not Nolan will kill of Bruce Wayne/Batman at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, what it be a good thing if he actually did it?

Batman Is the most popular superhero in the world that is featured in one of the most popular soon-to-be-trilogies of all-time. Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale have both made it clear that this will be their last Batman film. Nolan has a reputation among us CBM fans to be a guy who has tons of tricks up his sleeves. He had a decoy Ra's al Ghul and recently tried to trick us with the whole "Miranda Tate" coverup. But does he have the you-know-whats to kill THE freaking Batman? My answer to that question is...no. I think it would be a sad but amazing ending if he were to die...of course it would have to be done the right way. But would Warner Bros. and whoever else really let him do that? Maybe, but I think it would be unlikely since Batman has become a cash-cow for them. They have talked about reboots and everything but my question is why? If it ain't broke, don't fix it Warner Bros. Talk Nolan and everyone else into coming back if they don't kill old Bats.

One rumor that I have seen on this site is that maybe Nolan and friends chose the title "The Dark Knight Rises" to make "The Dark Knight" a sort of brand and eventually make a Dark Knight Returns movie. But that all could be B.S because this movie might be Nolan's version of The Dark Knight Returns, so who knows... A Batman Beyond type film is possible, but would it be a less-futuristic version with JGL? My stand on this is to kill Bruce Wayne unless they know FOR SURE that Nolan, Bale, and the rest are coming back, because it would just suck to see another director try and continue this, it would not work out at all IMO, Nolan does everything (except fight scenes) so perfectly and it would be extremely difficult to replicate what he has done...

Killing him seems like the only reasonable way to end such a magnificent trilogy, but it also seems as though it is the most obvious way with all of the becoming a legend stuff they've been saying in trailers and posters. With Nolan, I think it just seems to obvious; if he was going to kill him I think he would want people to not be expecting it. We might think he's dead, then get a last-second image of him watching over Gotham ( imagine how awesome that would be) or something along the lines of that. I believe that Nolan will amaze everyone once again with this film, the haters will hate, but when has Nolan ever disappointed?

P.S-my hopes for this movie-A small scene showing various villains that Batman has faced over the eight years that have passed, with cameos from some members of his Rogues Gallery. -a small scarecrow-type cameo with William Fichtner (the bank manager from the beginning of TDK) as the penguin -a scarecrow cameo -a good explanation of what happened to Joker -Bane to be totally bad-ass -a kick-ass movie and kick-ass ending
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TFanBoy67 - 2/18/2012, 9:47 PM
I think the title alludes to the main theme of the movie, which has batman rising up to take Gotham back from Bane, but good article overall ;)
Cerebro - 2/18/2012, 9:53 PM
Don't think they will kill the Bat.
I would also love to see some small scene, possible a nightly news cast, that shows some of Batmans other villains he has had to deal with in the Eight years that have passed.
thedudeabides - 2/18/2012, 9:54 PM
P862010 - 2/18/2012, 9:56 PM
does it really matter it is nolan and bale's last film
Marvelfreek94 - 2/18/2012, 10:00 PM
If he died it wouldnt feel like batman...itd feel like a trilogy chronicling the tale of a man who dights crime as a masked symbol that lives on after his demise.
Supes17 - 2/18/2012, 10:34 PM
"As a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting."
antonio - 2/18/2012, 10:54 PM
You never know with Nolan. I don't want Batman to die, but I would and would not shock if they did. It WIll Be hard hitting, gripping, and emotional.

If they don't with Bruce Wayne dying, I see this happening.
"Possible spoilers/theories!!"

At the end of BB, Rachel tells Bruce about the manor and she asks "what will you do?" Bruce says "rebuild it.... brick for brick". With Gotham destroyed, Gordon could say to Batman "what will you do?" and Bruce can respond with "rebuild it....brick for brick". Reason is because that is a sign of "bringing the trilogy full circle".

If they go the death angle, it will be the death of Bruce Wayne. Batman will live on as a legend. One way I see this going down.

"Soft music. Gotham is battered and destroyed after taking back the city from Bane's rule with Batman's help. Sadly, the hero sacrificed himself to save the Gotham and the Gothamites. Now the city has to stand for its self. On a rooftop...Gordon flips a flood light switch.....Batman's symbol lights the sky in the vein of the world trade center's tribute in light. The remaining Gothamites that survived gather in different corners and areas of Gotham and look at the sky in silence".
antonio - 2/18/2012, 10:55 PM
Also, I am down with an ending nobody sees coming.
95 - 2/18/2012, 11:22 PM
I'm sure Wayne Enterprises collapses with the Miranda Tate infiltration and Lucius' death. I'm sure Bruce Wayne will be publicly known as Batman, and accepted. I'm sure many key players will die. I'm sure Catwoman's presence will address the evolution of Gotham into a city willing to stand up for itself. Will Batman die? I don't know. But I would think Bruce's parents would want him to live a happy life, with kids, with friends. Obviously, it doesn't exactly seem to be that way. I'm not wholly convinced that his sacrifice will change Gotham to eternity. There has to be a much more solid ending. Batman rides into the night? Batman hides in the shadows during HIS funeral? Batman LITERALLY frozen in a block of ice? Batman arrested? Batman in Wayne Manor with his and Catwoman's kids? Old Bruce switching the lights on in the Batcave 20 years later? I'd say the key to the ending lies in result of Batman's identity being known.
marvel72 - 2/19/2012, 4:12 AM
don't give a shit.
HarveyDent88 - 2/19/2012, 5:32 AM
@marvel72 But you gave a shit to comment on this article?
NOLANITE - 2/19/2012, 9:28 AM
Marvel72 never gives a shit. Troll!!!
I would love to see JGL "blake" character to be revealed as Terry. Wayne gets knocked off, Bruce has ultimately died in the process of saving Gotham. JGL finds the batcave and steps in to fill his place.
Nolan's Trilogy ends but leaves it open for someone else to do the Batman Beyond theme more or less. I deff could see Nolan killing batman though. Warner Bros lets Nolan run things and im sure Nolan has the balls to do it.
batfan175 - 2/19/2012, 11:17 AM
They immediately want to reboot batman after the dark knight rises. One reason for this might be the possibility that the character dies by the end of the film...aaaand of course Nolan's not dong another one. Bruce wayne also said that "as a man I am flesh and blood; i can be ignored, i can be destroyed but as a symbol, as a symbol I could be incorruptible. i could be everlasting". My guess is for the symbol to be immortal the man behind the mask needs to die, so either he gives up being Bruce Wayne for good or he dies and the people stand up to Bane and his mercenaries, so that batman finally got to inspire them to do the right thing. if he really wants a city that does not need batman he needs to die because rachel tld him that there will never be a day when he no longer needs batman. It would also be a great way for him to rise in a spiritual sense. i have to confess that I secretely hope that nolan kills him at the end of the movie because then he will have made his mark on the franchise for good. other characters, such as Alfred, Gordon and lucius, might die as well. I'm so excited for this film because at least it's an intelligent blockbuster, not just a CGI explosion fest.
LoudNoises - 2/19/2012, 11:39 AM
I think one very telling scene in TDK describes how TDKR might end. In the Harvey Dent speech scene he says "one day the Batman will have to answer for the crimes he has committed, not to this mad man but to us." or something close to that. I think after Bane is defeated Batman will turn himself into the GDP. Characters like Gordon, JGL and other cops in Gordon's task force will learn that Bruce Wayne is Batman. The people will then side with Batman demanding his release. Gordon says to Bruce as he is being released, " you know, I still never thanked you" and Bruce turns and says "and you'll never have to" puts on his cowl and leaves in some Batman-like fashion. Ok, that last part probably won't happen, but it could work, lol.
NOLANITE - 2/19/2012, 1:08 PM
I think Hell Die. Like Boston said, itll be Nolan's Trademark and probably the only one in the CBM business thatll do it to a superhero. itll be a great ending to a trilogy he started. The Hero forms, falls, and rises.
The Hero gotham doesnt need or want but the hero gotham deserves.
marvel72 - 2/19/2012, 1:21 PM
@ HarveyDent88 & @ nolanite

just letting you know how i feel,couldn't careless if he lives or dies.

bring on the reboot & a film with a shared universe that could lead into a the long awaited justice league film.
superherofan21 - 2/19/2012, 1:23 PM
Here's my take on this: Bruce Wayne sacrifices himself in the end to save Gotham from Bane's "device" shown in the set photos and videos. They show Gordon, Alfred, Selina, etc. mourning his death. Camera cuts to black for a while, but then slowly fades back in. Bruce is lying on the ground, beaten. A hand comes on screen and offers to help him up. He looks up at the figure. It's his father greeting him. Bruce tears up and accepts his father's hand. Bruce's mother appears. They are in Crime Alley. Bruce looks around the area and recognizes it. Bruce apologizes for not saving them, but they tell him that it was meant to be and that fate chose him to be Gotham's savior. Bruce tears up again and hugs his parents. Bruce, his father, and his mother walk off as the camera fades to white. END
Comix - 2/19/2012, 2:26 PM
WILL WB LET NOLAN KILL BATMAN? Ofcourse, I mean they let Nolan do whatever the hell it is he wants. I mean....just look at the costumes....
Boyle360 - 2/19/2012, 2:47 PM
My guess on the closing sequence of The Dark Knight Rises:

I reckon Batman will be 'killed' in some way. It will seem very much like he's dead somehow to both the audience and characters in the film. There will be a mourning sequence similar to the end of The Dark Knight in which Gordon will be paying tribute to the Batman "he was brave, sacrificed himself for us, etc."

The screen fades to black for a few seconds. We see a distant light turn on, and someone's bare feet are walking down some steps in what appears to be a very large room. It's a man in shadows, carrying what appears to be a coffee mug. He comes closer to the camera and is lit up more. We don't see who he is yet, but we can see he's looking at something, admiring it.
The angle changes and we the Batsuit in a glass case, along with the old suit. The angle changes back and the see the man's face. It's Bruce Wayne, but in his early 50s. He's looking a little older and going grey.
The camera faces him, though the case. He looks to his right, and there is a little bit of red reflecting off of his eyes and the side of his face. He smiles and lowers his head before leaving the Batcave.
The lights shut down one by one until the lights in the glass cases are all that are still on. The lights in the cases turn off, and we see the shadows of not 2, BUT THREE Batsuits! There is a tiny hint of a red glow on the chest of the third suit, and it fades away.

Just what I think would be cool, and a nice hint towards a Batman Beyond movie! :D
antonio - 2/19/2012, 2:59 PM
I'ge been saying this for a while, but I just don't SEE JGL or anyone else taking up the mantle of Batman unless they go either the death angle, retirement angle, and or Batman Beyond angle. The fact that someone could take up the role as the new Batman just doesn't coincide with "The Legend Ends" in my opinion.
RyKnow - 2/20/2012, 2:14 AM
Although there's some good ideas you guys have posted, I really can't see Batman getting bumped off, it makes no sense; how's the trilogy coming full circle if Batman dies, he didn't die in Batman Begins did he? Also I think the tagline "The Legend Ends" is going to mean something more metaphorical, and not be as obvious as you'd first think. It fits Nolan's storytelling style more.
ibravosp5 - 2/20/2012, 1:04 PM
I think the title the dark knight rises mean that batman is comming back from hiding after eight years. And shouldn't they have batgirl in this movie since it takes place eight years after the dark knight? At least an older Barbra?
krzfter - 2/20/2012, 9:23 PM
I have a question about this 8 years later thing.

Will the movie take place 8 yrs after TDK?
Will Bane break Batman's back and come back 8 yrs to later?
goatmilk - 2/21/2012, 1:34 AM
@loudnoises- that's a really interesting theory and one I haven't thought of. I think we should all keep in mind that the last three minutes or something like thaare rumored to be all CGI and also in an interview Nolan said they were inspired by Dickens A Tale Of Two Cities a boom that ends with a main character sacrificing himself for the greater good. I could see him dying possibly, even though I hadn't seriously entertained the idea until I read this article and the comments. All I know is Nolan is gonna do something big like this to round it out and complete the "epic scope". Usually stories that are epics cover the entirety of their here's lives and I think this will be the same way.
goatmilk - 2/21/2012, 1:35 AM
Book I mean, not boom
RyKnow - 2/21/2012, 2:19 AM
@ krzfter - Nolan stated in an interview that this film picks up 8 year after the events of The Dark Knight. The reason being that after the ending of TDK, and the fact that Batman sacrificed himself to protect Dent's reputation, an ammount of time needed to have passed to show how that sacrifice worked (which is also why I don't think Batman will die - he's already made a big sacrifice for the good of Gotham).
Regarding th whole "back-breaking thing" - and this is just my interpretation - I can't see Batman's back getting broken at all; After watching the trailer several times, it looks as though Batman will get ambushed in the Batcave by Bane and his mercs (you see them all abseiling down the well) and receive a vicious beatdown before been taken to some kind of prison (after all, he hasn't been Batman for 8 years and so will be out of shape). In the trailer, when Bane says the line "When Gotham is ashes..." he's in a cell with Bruce Wayne, who is all bloody and beaten. I think this will all happen in the first half of the film. Following this, I think Bruce will somehow escape, in better shape, acquire his gear and a new toy (the bat) and confront Bane in a finale (something like the Bat chasing the camouflaged tumbler scene in the trailer) and this will allude to the title The Dark Knight Rises.
This relates to Batman Begins and the whole "bringing it full circle" notin that people are harping on about; i.e. Bruce training up, becoming Batman (in this case becoming Batman again) and facing fears and demons of his past (in this case Bane instead of Ra's).
It will obviously be a lot better and less flawed than what I've said, but I hope you get the general idea of what I'm thinking :)
IDKwhatToChoose - 2/21/2012, 10:03 AM
I could go on explaining how killing Batman would be a stupid idea for WB. But I won't instead I am just going to say no its not gonna happen.
Tainted87 - 2/21/2012, 11:06 AM
He'll break his one rule by shooting Catwoman in the face.
(God I wish)
RyKnow - 2/22/2012, 2:39 AM
@ TheBostonBatman - Thanks man, appreciate it. Yeah, I've heard that the cane is from his injuries in The Dark Knight. For the record, I highly doubt Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to become "another Batman", as it would deviate the whole franchise from Bruce's story, which is what these films have been about since the conception of Batman Begins. Look what happened to the last franchise when film makers and studio execs. let that happen lol. Regarding your ideas, I think it's very likely you'll find Scarecrow turning up at some point - evidence being that Cillian Murphy has been seen on set - and like you I'd also like to see Zzaz make some kind of appearance again, after all, he's already been established in this film series. Nolan said he considers Two-Face dead, and now filming's wrapped up and Eckhart was never seen around the set of TDKR, I can't see him returning unfortunately even though I'd like it, but we can hope.
With all the inmates that Bane releases (isn't the prison called Blackgate??), it would be extremely cool to see some small cameo's amongst them; villain's that "could" be made plausible like the Mad Hatter and Hush. What ya reckon?
RyKnow - 2/22/2012, 10:16 AM
@ TheBostonBatman - Yeah man, I had the Arkham City version of Mad-Hatter in mind! I'd not heard the William Fichtner rumour but it sounds kinda cool, it would be interesting to see Nolan's take on the Penguin, even if it was only for a small cameo.
Maybe Coleman Reese leaks that little piece of information to Bane - if by that point Bane hasn't worked it out himself. I've not read the Knightfall story but doesn't Bane work out Batman's ID?
Regarding your second comment, I'd not heard anything about that, but it's possible considering there's supposed to be a lot of winter weather involved in the film. And just before Bane snaps Scarecrow's back, he [Scarecrow] says that awesome line again "I'm afraid Dr. Crane isn't in right now, but if you'd care to make an appointment..." SNAP!!! Very cool indeed lol.
Whatever happens, it won't disapoint. And July 20th is taking forever to get here!! Stay cool bud.

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