“The Dark Knight Rises” Spoiler Reference Guide


Although the tragedy in Aurora sent shockwaves through the movie community, it didn’t stop me from going to the movies to watch TDKR in IMAX. I refuse to live in fear of an idiot asshole wannabe Emo-psychopath! That being said, to those of you that are not sure about going to the movies this weekend but still want to know all the details of TDKR, look no further. I will provide details of most of the important plotpoints relating to the Nolan Batman trilogy.

If you DO plan on seeing TDKR, I suggest not reading the article because of rampant spoilers, otherwise, click below to get started!

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–CONNECTION TO “BATMAN BEGINS”
In the first film, the League Of Shadows helped train Bruce Wayne into the warrior he is with the help of Ra’s Al Ghul (Liam Neeson). They make it known to Wayne that they want him to destroy Gotham, although he refuses to do so. Later in that film, Ra’s Al Ghul returns to Gotham to destroy it using a microwave emitter. For TDKR, Bane arrives into Gotham to continue the plan of the League Of Shadows. Ra’s Al Ghul makes a very short appearance in Bruce’s dream

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–CONNECTION TO “THE DARK KNIGHT”
The events with the Joker and Harvey Dent result in Batman taking the blame for Harvey’s death. In TDKR, Commissioner Gordon has to live up to that lie even though it eats away at his conscience. Unfortunately, the Joker, the Mob, and all the events the Joker triggered are never mentioned.

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–DOES BRUCE FIND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT RACHEL?
At the end of TDK, Alfred burns the letter that Rachel wrote to Bruce about wanting to marry Harvey Dent. In TDKR, Alfred finally tells Bruce the truth about Rachel resulting in Bruce condemning Alfred.

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–WHO IS MIRANDA TATE?
Early in the film, it is established that Miranda is a wealthy heiress that wants to help Bruce Wayne fund a “clean energy” source. After Bane cleans out Bruce’s funds from the stock exchange heist, Bruce appoints Miranda to take over Wayne Enterprises (much to the dismay of some other lesser characters).

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–WHAT IS SELINA KYLE’S ALLIANCE?
Throughout the movie, Selina seems to know about where to find Bane yet Bane never has any actual scenes with her. And since they never have any scenes together, it is difficult to determine if Selina was ever a part of Bane’s crew or if she just somehow knew where to find him.

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–HOW DOES BANE DEFEAT BATMAN?
After Selina delivers Batman to Bane, they end up in a brutal hand-to-hand fistfight that results in Bane doing exactly what he did in the “Knightfall” graphic novel: he breaks Batman’s back. He then takes Bruce to “The Pit” as a way to psychologically scar Bruce as he destroys Gotham.

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–DOES GOTHAM EVER FIND OUT ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HARVEY DENT?
In TDKR, Commissioner Gordon keeps a written letter in his jacket that tells the full truth about the events that transpired with Harvey. When Gordon gets captured by Bane, Bane takes the letter from Gordon’s jacket and then reads it out loud to the Gotham media in a later scene.

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–IS JONATHAN CRANE IN THE MOVIE?
Yes, everyone’s favorite doctor, the Scarecrow, makes a cameo appearance in the film. Unfortunately, he does NOT don the Scarecrow mask.

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–HOW DOES BANE MEET HIS DEMISE?
During Batman’s rematch with Bane, Batman ends up puncturing a part of Bane’s mask resulting in Bane getting weakened, although he doesn’t die. But Bane “dies” when Selina blasts him using the guns from the Batpod.

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–BANE IS NOT THE MASTERMIND OF “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”
Believe it or not, this is the part of the entire story of TDKR that really disappoints me! Bane has been promoted as the most brutal and evil villain of the trilogy yet once it is revealed that Bane was NOT the mastermind of everything in TDKR, it makes him more of a brutish pawn than the smart evil villain that the trailers make him out to be

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–SO WHO IS THE MASTERMIND OF TDKR?
It turns out that Miranda Tate is the mastermind! After Batman weakens Bane, Miranda stabs Batman and reveals that she is actually Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul. She had planned the entire thing all along and Bane was only carrying out the League Of Shadows agenda in her (fake) stead. In essence, this means that while Bane did all the hard work, he was never the smart villain like the Joker.

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–WHAT IS JOHN BLAKE’S PART IN THE ENDING?
It is revealed at the very end of the film that John Blake’s first name is actually Robin. While this aspect might sound exciting considering that Blake might become THE Robin, all comic geeks know that Robin is Dick Grayson not John Blake. Nolan makes an open-ended ending to show that Blake may take over for Bruce in future installments.

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I enjoyed “The Dark Knight Rises” but it didn’t have the same spark that made the second film a masterpiece. While Bane is a worthy villain, the fact that he was only a pawn to Talia Al Ghul all along does make him less interesting than the Joker. Considering that the Joker was a raving lunatic that broke Batman’s soul, all Bane did was break Batman’s back. If Talia Al Ghul were not part of the picture, it would’ve made all the scenes with Bane more terrifying. Regardless of my little quibble about Bane, the movie itself is better than “Batman Begins” and gives the audience one hell of a ride with a nice happy ending for everyone.

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