Speculating on the plot of Dark Knight Rises
Since I saw the first teaser for The Dark Knight Rises, I can’t help but speculate about the plot. Today, I lay it all down for you based on my comic book knowledge, what’s in the trailers and other clues. If you read on, there’s a chance I spoil the movie for you – you’ve been warned!
Here’s what we know for certain: two trailers worth of goodies.
Finaly, Bane’s wikipedia page.
Given these three pieces of information, I can tack a plot together. Exactly how Catwoman fits into this, I’m not sure, but whatever – this is just a fun little exercise.
Things are going well in Gotham City; the sacrifices seen in The Dark Knight are paying off as the good times roll.
Bane sees an opportunity; the fall of several Gotham crime families has left a power vacuum and control of the underworld is ripe for the plucking – only Batman stands in the way. (So, just as The Dark Knight took a few cues from it’s comic counterpart The Long Halloween, The Dark Knight Rises will loosely follow Batman: Knightfall, Part One: Broken Bat.) To get the Caped Crusader out of the way, Bane frees the prisoners from Black Gate Prison (isn’t that what the prison is called in Gotham?) and passes out automatic rifles.
Batman springs into action and begins rounding up the freed prisoners, but there are too many. During the construction of the new Wayne Manor, someone discovers Bruce Wayne’s secret, and this information find’s it’s way to Bane. In an attempt to ambush him, Bane and his men repel into the Batcave via the well entrance we saw in Batman Begins. (Actually, I think this well looks way bigger than the one in Batman Begins, but whatever.)
As we see in the 1st teaser trailer, a visibly exhausted Batman fights Bane – presumably in the Batcave.
This not being his best day, Batman is not up to the challenge and loses the fight.
Will Bane break Batman’s back like he did in the comics? I doubt they’ll go quite that far, but he’ll get a serious ass beating – but who knows, Christopher Nolan might go the full 9 – after all, Bruce is visibly walking with a cane.
I can see them giving Bruce a spinal injury to deal with – in the second act of The Dark Knight, Bruce agonizes over the failure of both Rachel’s death, the woman he loved, and Harvey’s injury, both of which he feels responsible for. What could be worse? A serious spinal injury – a personal tragedy that changes every aspect of how he lives his life sounds like a more difficult, internal conflict for Bruce to deal with and thus ups the ante and tops the previous movie.
Things get out of hand in Gotham and Gordan is seriously hurt. Bruce Wayne begins to recover from his injuries and visits Gordon in the hospital, who now knows he is Batman, and asks him to take up the cowl again, but Bruce has reservations.
“The Batman has to come back.”
“What if he doesn’t exist anymore?”
With Batman out of the way, Bane and his men begin rounding up the rich and powerful, including Alfred and Bruce. Bane loves the idea of them watching Gotham burn. “When Gotham is ashes,” Bane says, “you have my permission to die.”
As Bruce and Alfred see the city burn from inside their prison (which Bane leaves unlocked because there is no place to go in a city populated entirely by chaos), Bruce realize that he has to overcome his doubt and get back to basics: pushups.
Bruce begins to get himself back into shape and resumes the mantle of Batman. His reappearance inspires hope on the streets, and coordinating with Gordon, their combined forces launch an assault on Bane’s evil empire. Batman must fight Bane again, but this time, he’s ready, and he wins.
Well, there you have it – mye guess at the plot of The Dark Knight Rises. Let me know if you think I’m way off, right on, half way or whatever. Drop your own theory in the comments section! This is a fun game!
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