Michael Caine on The Dark Knight Rises ending

News Simon Brew 6 Dec 2012 - 06:23
The Dark Knight Rises

How ambiguous in the ending to The Dark Knight Rises? Sir Michael Caine shares his thoughts...

Warning: the story contains spoilers for the ending of The Dark Knight Rises. We figured you might have guessed that already, but no harm in us playing on the safe side anyway!

Just after the cinema release of The Dark Knight Rises, there quickly seemed to be two schools of thought as to how to take the film's ending. Was it as it was seen, that Bruce Wayne/Batman escaped from the big mushroom cloud explosion, and ended up at a cafe with Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle, as Michael Caine's Alfred looked on? Or was that final scene Alfred's dream sequence of how it all played out, and Bruce Wayne had indeed perished.

There were certainly good arguments on both sides of the divide, but Sir Michael Caine, talking to Hero Complex, is very much on the side of it being real. He told the site that "They were there. They were real. There was no imagination. They were real and he was with Anne, the cat lady, and I was happy ever after for him as I told him during the picture".

That might just put the argument to bed once and for all, then. The full piece at Hero Complex can be found here.

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I hope it does. When I first heard people were talking about how the end showed alfred imagining things I was like... wait, what??

Nonsense. There is NO WAY Batman could have survived the explosion, we saw him in the cockpit seconds before it blew up!!! A needlessly ambiguous ending to a poor film

It's real... They made the comment that the auto pilot software had been fixed. Therefore he gets/bails out and lives to run away with Selina K. I had never even given the dream idea a though till this post...

Ah the reasonable voice of Annie Wilkes. In the immortal words of Duke Togo "............"

That was always how the ending washed over me as I watched the scene play out the first time.

I think he got out, but I can see both sides to the story.

Yeah, it's not like he's some kind of superhero...

He didn't SURVIVE THE EXPLOSION. He wasn't in it.

Still think it should have just ended with Alfred nodding towards the camera, then cut to credits. Would of been a nice touch.

In fact the whole of 'The Dark Knight Rises' was a sequel to Inception. ;-p

but... but... hes batman

He didn't get out of the cockadoodie bat!!!

Well, DUH-- I never understood the speculation to begin with--bat signal repaired, cave coordinates given to Blake, Autopilot fixed 6 months earlier & the pearls missing & ON Selina's neck--who ELSE could have arranged all of that but Bruce?

you saw him in an ejected cockpit/pod--look at the scene again--you do NOT see any of the Bat in that last tight shot--just him in a cockpit

and lastly & perhaps MOST important--he's BATMAN--of course, he had a plan

This is one of the problems with Nolan's success in these films.

Because he has made a plausible Batman in the real world, when things like this happen, people start saying 'he couldn't have done that! He couldn't survive that!'.

Yes he could, because when all is said and done, it is STILL a comic book film about a superhero!

This just proves how great these films are and what an amazing job Nolan did.

I agree, we didn't need to see Bruce Wayne and it would have been a very nice touch. Almost like the end of inception. Was it real...wasn't it... And in this case, did he survive... didn't he survive.

BUT, Nolan clearly just wanted to end that particular Batman and that franchise. So he needed an actual solid ending. So yes, Bruce Wayne is alive, and is no longer Batman. The end!

Yep, I thought that when i watched it. Alfred's expressions would've been enough, i really don't like the ending the way it is, too cheesy in the final scene.

that part about autopilot could have just been alfred thinking about the situation

Or is it just a way for Wayne to perpetuate the legend of Batman, to become something more than a man. So when the new Batman takes over people who don't know his real identity assume its the same Batman. It would have been better to have the autopilot scene without the Alfred scene, or the other way round. Both scenes really don't do this overrated movie any favours. Just make it look like the writers don't know how to satisfyingly end it!

Warner Bros made it very clear in their contracts and instructions that Bruce Wayne is not allowed to die and this type of ending was the best and only way Nolan could still play with the audience.

He survived because Liam Neeson was in this movie

that was not real bcoz that bomb was atomb bomb not a odinary bomb.and that time was 3 min i think its not possible bcoz its science.its was atomb bomb

What idiot could even think the ending was a dream? Holy crap. People are morons.

You saw the timer, you didnt see him. Prove to me that he didnt eject, not seeing something happen does *not* equal *proof*

I honestly thought that was going to happen but then we saw Bruce. An Inception kind of ending would have been awesome. Nolan should have done that but then I'm sure he didn't want everyone and their mothers to come up to him and ask if Bruce was alive or not.

It's not. Read the bloody script. Read the novel. He's alive.

The script and novel make it clear that he's alive.

in my opinion it has not finished as you see blakes name is ROBIN and enters the cave so there has to be more

Where was the tsunami

Why would alfred see catwoman by brucee's side.... unless they were really there in the end!!

Of course its real, if it wasnt then they wouldnt have shown us the autopilot scene at the end.

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