When reading through reviews of “The Dark Knight Rises”, I decided to see what the negative reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes had to say about the film. To my surprise, there were a lot of reviewers who simply didn’t understand some scenes that were pretty obvious. You would think that someone getting paid to review films would be able to grasp some pretty simple concepts in TDKR, but sadly, that isn’t the case.
Below you will find a FAQ that is full of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, you may want to stop reading.
This is an article we plan on updating as questions and answers come up so leave us a comment to chime in!
What was the significance of the opening scene on the plane?
Let’s start from the beginning. Surprisingly I have read A LOT of reviews slamming the opening scene by saying it had nothing to do with the rest of the film…really? This is simply not true. We all know how calculated Nolan is in his film making and opening the movie with a useless scene is not in his repertoire.
Aside from introducing the audience to Bane, the whole point of the opening sequence on the plane was to fake Dr. Pavel’s death so Bane could kidnap him in order to work on the nuclear bomb. By hijacking the plane and swapping out a cadaver with the Dr.’s blood, he could use use the Dr. without risking being caught.
Why did Selena need Wayne’s fingerprints?
They were being used so Daggett could manipulate Wayne’s involvement in in Wayne Enterprise thus leading to the company’s, as well as his own, financial downfall.
What was the point of Bane’s mask?
Bane’s mask was providing him with anesthesia to help him deal with the physical pain caused to him in the prison. This is what made him a powerful adversary against Batman as he was trained to fight by the League of Shadows yet couldn’t feel pain.
How did they discover the autopilot on The Bat? Wasn’t it destroyed?
It took me a couple of viewings to catch on to this one but if you pay attention to The Bat when Lucious is introducing Bruce Wayne to the new technology, you will notice there is a primered model off to the side which doesn’t have a paint sceme.
Later on when the investigators are looking at the software update, they are not in the black model that Batman was using but rather the secondary one.
Did Bruce Wayne really survive or was his appearance at the end a figment of Alfred’s imagination?
This is another question that has been popping up a lot now that the conspiracy theorists are looking at this film like “Inception”
There is no doubt that Bruce Wayne faked his own death in the final scenes in order to put Batman behind him. This is illustrated by all of the clues he left to Gordon, Lucious Fox and Alfred.
And to clear things up even more, Christian Bale has told MTV in an interview that what we see is what we get and Bruce Wayne WAS still alive at the end of the film.
Why didn’t Bruce Wayne hint John Blake that he was still alive?
By the end of the film, Bruce Wayne never really tells Officer John Blake that he is still alive. Instead, he leaves him with a GPS and coordinates to the Bat Cave. By doing this, he can pass the torch of Batman (or whichever “symbol” Blake chooses to become).
When did Batman ditch The Bat when it was disposing of the bomb?
This is one still up for discussion and we would love to hear what you think. Personally I feel that Nolan would never leave such a huge hole in the story unless it was intended. We see Batman in The Bat right before the bomb goes off.
What we know is that the bomb had a 6 mile blast radius and The Bat had an operational auto pilot. So when does Batman ditch the vehicle? Let us know what you think!