Reflecting on The Dark Knight Rises

Posted by David Konow

With the DVD/Blu-Ray release of The Dark Knight Rises this week, Christopher Nolan’s Batman series has come full circle.

It was one of the most awaited genre films in recent memory, and when a big movie is finally unveiled, it’s like going to a big concert, an epic shared event most genre fans anticipate. 

Now that the July 20 release of The Dark Knight Rises is months behind us, the Batman team has been doing some looking back, because hindsight is always 20/20. First off, I had completely forgotten that at one point Christopher Nolan was going to make a Howard Hughes movie, and according to Cinema Blend, Batman becoming a recluse was an element taken from Nolan’s lost Hughes project. Blend reported a while back that the Howard Hughes film was going to be Nolan’s next after Rises, but the project is apparently dead. 
 
Now for a lot of us, we have our own interpretations of the ending of Rises, and perhaps it’s one of those things where there is no definitive answer and you can draw your own conclusions. Did Batman make it out at the end or not? Considering Nolan made a movie about dreams, Inception, I kind of took Michael Caine seeing Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle at the end of the film as his vision of what he was hoping for Bruce’s future. Did Bruce really survive at the end, or was Alfred trippin’? 
 
What does the legendary actor feel himself? To quote a Caine-ism, "what’s it all about? " Well, Caine told The Playlist, "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." 
 
Caine also said if Alfred’s services are required for the upcoming Justice League movie, he’ll do it. Nolan, who won’t be involved with Justice League, joked with Caine, "I want 10%." I always felt Caine was perfect casting as Bruce Wayne’s helper (all due respect to the late great Michael Gough and Alan Napier), and it’s great to see Caine’s still working steadily as he nears 80. 
 
In the New York Times, Caine recalled Christopher Nolan coming to his home with the screenplay of Batman Begins. Like all major genre films, it was top secret, and Caine had to read the script right then and there to make sure a copy wouldn’t accidentally get lost or leak. "He had written great parts for real actors," Caine said, "rather than ciphers who are in big special-effects movies, because they haven’t gotten enough money to pay any actors."