Well now that I’ve had time to digest it all, I still had an amazing time, but the more I think about it, the more I’m confused as to what Christopher Nolan was trying to accomplish. I mean there were so many delightful touches of characters and the Stock Market scene was just eerie to watch (with the tragedy of Aurora fresh in my mind) and the many perfect moments they got right from the Knightfall saga of the early 90s (I was audible gaping at the first Bane/Batman brawl even though I knew it all was coming). But the plot twist. Just….guh.
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First he (Nolan) kills off Ras Al Ghul. Then he kills off Talia with no intention of bringing either of them back using Lazarus Pits. But then he goes and makes Bane a loyal companion/pawn (well not pawn, maybe knight or bishop) to Talia’s queen just completely ruins them both. I mean sure he’s portrayed as being incredibly smart and maybe ideates a lot of the “take over Gotham” stuff, but…his whole character just feels sullied when it’s revealed that he was working for Talia the whole time.
I mean I just don’t get it. Why do that? I mean I can respect the nod to the mantle of the Bat being passed on and I agree with Joseph Gordon Levitt (who was AWESOME) that just because the homage is there doesn’t mean anything else has to happen, but I just feel like it too deeply alters who the characters are to do what Nolan did and it frustrates me to no end since I loved the experience so much. Ah well.