The Dark Knight Rises ends with a cliffhanger. No need to warn any movie fans here since they know we are all about dishing out the plot spoiler. If you haven't made your way into movie theaters to watch The Dark Knight Rises, then beware that we will discuss TDKR cliffhanger.
The Dark Knight Rises ending is intriguing. Christopher Nolan uses his previous Memento movie experience to write a good ending. We see a twist ending, which can occur 20 minutes prior to a movie ending. Not all twist endings are like The Sixth Sense movie. There is more to The Dark Knight Rises movie than Miranda revealing her true identity and plan.
TDKR is about closing the Batman trilogy to move into a new era. The Dark Knight Rises cliffhanger is showing the origin of Detective Blake as becoming Nightwing. He wants more in life than to work in a corrupt police system. He gives up his badge, knowing that he stands for the same moral standards as Bruce Wayne.
In the bag that Bruce probably leaves him, Blake finds the Bat Cave. We believe Batman sacrifices his life to save Gotham, the citizens and the people he cares about most. Every person has a role in Bruce Wayne's life. He fights crimes as a crime stopper rather than a vigilante. Bruce Wayne is unlike Miranda. Bruce Wayne learns to overcome his fear of death and to deal with his anger. He contains deep anger. Miranda channels her anger as her motivation to destroy Batman and Gotham.
However, Batman is dedicated to protecting Gotham. He wouldn't trust autopilot to guide the Bat plane outside of Gotham. His action 6 months ago with fixing the software path does not imply that Batman survives the atomic blast with ejecting. Batman's facial expression with 5 seconds remaining is enough evidence to suggest he chooses to overcome his fear of dying. He sacrifices his life to save Gotham.
Alfred's Paris case scene is possibly dream imaginary to covey that Bruce find absolution. We can be happy after death. We don't have to survive to reach happiness. Have you watched The Woman in Black? Gladiator? The Sixth Sense? Armageddon? Hint: The protagonists are happy in the end. Bruce Wayne is happy. As Batman, he gives hope to a new beginning. In his end, comes the rise of Blake as Nightwing.
Blake is like Bruce. Both these characters were orphans. Their parents both died. Bruce looked to Gordon as a hero just for giving him a coat after his parents got murdered. He reveals this to Gordon. Gordon has experienced many events as a member of the Gotham police force. Bruce Wayne's tragedy is probably one that stuck with him his entire career. It is likely he thinks about it often while raising his son. Gordon shows gratitude for Batman saving his son from Two-Face/Dent.
With that said, Batman dies in the end. Alfred's dream interpretation explains happiness through a passing of a hero and a good man that overcame fear and anger to make a noble sacrifice. The Dark Knight Rises cliffhanger passes the torch to a new hero, a man that is about to rise as Nightwing. What do you think? Thanks.
Watch The Dark Knight Rises again to decode the movie. Nolan's Inception ending is written the same way to create discussions on the movie end.