If you haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises, you should turn away right now. You should also stare at yourself in the mirror and be ashamed of yourself. For the rest of us that enjoyed Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises is probably the perfect way to cap off a three-part story. There’s only one issue: was it real or fake? Personally, I like to think that’s it’s real but others believe that it was some sort of fantasy made by Alfred after earlier confessing what he would like to envision someday (in which the audience sees the vision as Alfred explains it). Then, at the end, it’s the same exact setting as we see the moment unfold with Bruce Wayne sitting with Selena Kyle across from a restaurant in Italy. It all seemed a little too perfect to be real.
Luckily, Entertainment Weekly sat down with Christian Bale to promote his film Exodus, when the interviewer asked Bale if the ending was real or fantasy.
[Alfred] was content with me being alive and left because that was the life he always wanted for him. I find it very interesting and with most films, I tend to say ‘It’s what the audience thinks it is.’ My personal opinion? No, it was not a dream. That was for real and he was just delighted that finally he had freed himself from the privilege, but ultimately the burden of being Bruce Wayne.
And if that’s the man who was IN the scene’s personal opinion, that’s probably what I’m going to go with too. Oddly enough, Michael Caine spoke about the ending two years ago agreeing that the ending was real and the characters were there together. He’s probably more of a better source considering it was supposedly Alfred’s vision to begin with. So really it’s Caine’s call.
CAINE: 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.
I like how Caine calls Catwoman “the cat lady”. Awesome.
Now if only we knew if The Shawshank Redemption ending was fantasy or real.
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