The Dark Knight Rises Director Christopher Nolan Explains the Ending 4

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The Dark Knight Rises Combo PackThe ending of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises confused some viewers. It's never been entirely clear why, since it was the payoff of an awful lot of setup and it made a lot more sense than some other elements of the film's plot...but it did.

In a new interview Nolan, whose Dark Knight Trilogy will come to video on Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray, explains the ending in the context of what he set out to do with the three films he made between 2005 and 2012.

"For me, The Dark Knight Rises is specifically and definitely the end of the Batman story as I wanted to tell it, and the open-ended nature of the film is simply a very important thematic idea that we wanted to get into the movie, which is that Batman is a symbol," Nolan told Film Comment. "He can be anybody, and that was very important to us. Not every Batman fan will necessarily agree with that interpretation of the philosophy of the character."

"For me it all comes back to the scene between Bruce Wayne and Alfred in the private jet in Batman Begins," the director continued, "where the only way that I could find to make a credible characterization of a guy transforming himself into Batman is if it was as a necessary symbol, and he saw himself as a catalyst for change and therefore it was a temporary process, maybe a five-year plan that would be enforced for symbolically encouraging the good of Gotham to take back their city. To me, for that mission to succeed, it has to end, so this is the ending for me, and as I say, the open-ended elements are all to do with the thematic idea that Batman was not important as a man, he’s more than that. He’s a symbol, and the symbol lives on."

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  1. GrimJack

    Kind of what I thought, but naming GJL'c character Robin at the end was still silly.

  2. sarod

    That explanation sucks as bad as the movie! Nolan fooled us all, made 2 awesome batman films, then turned the last one into the Spiderman3 of the Batman universe! Not just anyone can be Batman! wtf? What a shi**y concept. 

  3. I think you're misunderstanding. In no way is he saying that Batman could be literally any person. He's saying that Batman is more than an individual, he's more than Bruce Wayne. He's a symbol, a symbol that can be adopted by others, that can inspire others. If you remember in The Dark Knight when there are copy cats dressing up as Batman, Bruce is upset about them and says, "That's not exactly what I meant when I wanted to inspire people." Batman is a symbol meant to inspire good in the masses, not any one person. Bruce doesn't want to inspire vigilantes or anything. He wants the common man to be able to stand up for what's right in Gotham, without a mask. That is what he saw in Harvey Dent, a man that can stand up for what he believes in, an advocate for the people, a man without a mask. The take home message is that Bruce Wayne isn't Batman. Batman is just an idea or a symbol if you will.

  4. _L0Bo_

    He don't need to explain the ending, its shite.

    Infact the ending was and is the worst part of a lame ass boring movie.

    The last 10 minutes is just unforgivable, still 1 & 2 are still up with the best, 3 though is there with some of the worst cbm's made.