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Will Batman Die in The Dark Knight Rises?

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since the release of the latest trailer, fans have been speculating that Bruce Wayne will meet his end in The Dark Knight Rises. We all know this is both Christopher Nolan’s and Christian Bale‘s last time spent on the Batman franchise. While Nolan is known for constantly trying to mislead audiences, Batman’s death is certainly something that seems likely in third and final Dark Knight film.

When we last saw the Caped Crusader he was on the run from the law after taking the fall for crimes committed by District Attorney Harvey Dent. Set forward to this film eight years later, we find Bruce in retirement after temporarily hanging up the mantle. From what the trailers and TV spots have shown us is that Bruce is old and weakened in this film. Is this perhaps a sign of things to come for the Dark Knight?

Since this is the last film in Nolan’s trilogy, it’s fitting that he would want to wrap up Bruce’s story full circle. Blockbuster trilogies rarely get fitting conclusions anymore. Comic book movies such as Spider-Man 3 and X-Men 3 ended either too softly or with unresolved cliffhangers while other franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean 3 simply conclude by trying to set up sequels. It’s a money-focused market where filmmakers don’t have to power to do anything drastic to their films or characters that belong to high-grossing franchises. However, Nolan is not your usual director and it’s likely that DC might let him conclude his story by having Bruce Wayne die while preventing future filmmakers from butchering his franchise with bad sequels.

To truly understand the enormity of the problem Warner Bros themselves face post Dark Knight Rises, is to look at what Nolan has achieved with his work on the Batman films.  To take a product that was considered dead in the water after back-to-back critical flops and turning it into a billion dollar franchise is an undisputed achievement which DC aren’t likely to achieve again. Warner Bros have finished with Harry Potter and finishing with Batman and now left needing a new blockbuster hero. Will that be Superman? I doubt it.

Warner Bros don’t have another big time superhero to turn to. Man of Steel faces an uphill battle to win over sceptics that find Superman unrelatable, while 2011’s Green Lantern killed off any potential for a Flash movie. They need a superhero property that keeps their presence felt in a market where rivals Marvel are currently dominating. Once Nolan’s Batman trilogy wraps up, DC only has Superman left to compete. Even then, Man of Steel finds itself up against Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 in the same year.

I don’t think Batman is going to die in The Dark Knight Rises. While studio factors are definitely a part of the reason, I just feel Nolan simply doesn’t have to have Bruce Wayne die in order to complete his story. I think Gotham will realise Batman is their true white knight, and the film will end with Bruce Wayne going in to hiding akin to the ending of Frank Miller’s masterpiece, The Dark Knight Returns.

As a side note, one of the best Batman comic books of the modern age contains Bruce’s former sidekick Dick Grayson as the Caped Crusader. Batman doesn’t need Bruce Wayne anymore. As said by Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins , “as a symbol I can be everlasting”. A new face behind the mask means Warner Bros won’t need to reboot the Batman franchise while leaving Nolan’s trilogy intact.

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We’ve had a Royal Wedding, why not a Super Wedding?

Fantastic 4 - Rise of the silver surfer

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The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton has taken place, and seeing how excited people get over weddings has led me to ask why we don’t see more superhero weddings on screen?

There are plenty of superhero weddings in comic books, such as Spider-Man and Mary Jane, Superman and Lois Lane, but when it comes to film, our heroes seem to fall shy when it comes to asking the big question? Is it because marriages between heroes are doomed to fail? Or are they just afraid of commitment.

First up is our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. When we last saw the webslinger in Spider-Man 3 he had had his proposal to his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson surprisingly rejected. And this was after enduring a battle with his best friend where he nearly lost his engagement ring, kissing another woman and fighting a giant sandmonstor. He certainly didn’t catch a break when it came to marriage proposals. Sadly we will never see if MJ eventually accepted as the franchise has been rebooted for a new Spidey played by Andrew Garfield in 2012.

Next up is Batman in The Dark Knight. The caped crusader was unable to commit to life long love Rachel Dawes because of his antics as the dark knight. To add insult to injury, Rachel goes and accepts a proposal from District Attorney Harvey Dent. Even that marriage was doomed from the start as moments after telling Dent she accepts, The Joker kills her and Dent is hideously scarred and turns into Two Face. Seems no one wins in that triangle.

We almost had a wedding of royal scale in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Tipped as the wedding of the century in the film, the service between Mr Fantastic and the Invisible Woman was interrupted by the Silver Surfer. Cue a crashing helicopter, a fiery chase between the Human Torch and the cosmic surfer, and the service was ruined. The super couple did marry at the end of the film in a private ceremony in Japan, however they had to prematurely wrap up the ceremony to attend superhero duties.

Perhaps Superman fairs a little better. He at least fathered a child out of wedlock in Superman Returns. The Man of Steel didn’t even seem to have the courage to ask his mortal lover Lois Lane to marry him. I think that’s Superman’s problem not hers, as Lois had been married in Superman Returns to another man for at least five or more years. Shame on you Superman.

We’ve seen a wedding in superhero animation however. In the wonderful 2004 Pixar movie The Incredibles, we witnessed the marriage of two superheroes, Mr Incredible and Eslastigirl. That didn’t go too smoothly as the groom turned up late after foiling a robbery as the masked superhero. Still the service was done, as they’ve been the most successful married super couple on film so far.

It seems marriage doesn’t fit the superhero lifestyle. Our heroes are happier fighting crime and saving lives then tying the knot, or in Superman’s case, impregnating a woman and flying off for five years. Perhaps Green Lantern can prove us wrong, after all,

he already has a ring.