It took this morning’s release of the new Dark Knight Rises trailer and a conversation with One-Sheet to jog my memory about a post I wrote almost a year and half ago, The Dark Knight Rises – My Theory. Out of curiosity I went back and read some of my predictions for the new Nolan film, and though I didn’t get everything right, I gotta say…well no I don’t want to say. Just judge for yourself.
(WARNING: Geek powered hypothetical spoilers!!)
It’s important to remember before reading any further that I wrote that original post before there was even a teaser out for the film or the deluge of on-set photographs that spoiled a couple of the fight scenes and the reveal of the Bat plane. All that had been confirmed at the time was the title, that Tom Hardy was going to be playing Bane, and that Anne Hathaway would be playing Catwoman. That’s it. Everything else was just me filling in the blanks using only the thing inside my head that’s full of way too much comic book knowledge. Which you can loosely call a “brain”. See Mom, comics didn’t rot it! Ok, they kind of did.
Anyways I thought it would be fun to do a break down of the new trailer and also talking about some of the highlights from my old post as a comparison for readers who forgot about that old post just like I did. While at the same time talk about some new ideas I had.
And just to avoid confusion, because this is a comparison to a previous post, some of these stills are going to be out of order from the trailer that was released today. So if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, watch it in full here first.
Alright, here we go!
…lets jump ahead again to the second part of the Knightfall trilogy, Knightquest: The Search. Where we find Bruce in a wheel chair and under the care of Alfred in England and a pretty new love interest, his physical therapist Shondra Kinsolving. Who has just disappeared and whom Bruce is currently searching for…and who also has special powers.
You see, every blogger covering this story immediately took the leap in saying that Anne Hathaway was cast as Catwoman, which really bothered me. Because if you take Mr. Nolan as a man who chooses his words very carefully, which I do, Catwoman is never mentioned once. Only Selina Kyle. So I don’t think it’s too big of a stretch to say that it’s possible we won’t be returning to the Batman Returns formula. Perhaps instead we’ll be getting a nice love story between a man who’s still messed up from his last girlfriend getting blown up, and a girl who’s about to be driven to steal shit in a skin tight cat suit. But just not yet. It’s entirely possible too that we might be seeing a new origin story for Catwoman to bookend this franchise, and it might very well be due to Bruce and Selina’s relationship. A copycat of sorts. But I’m just spit balling here.
Bane then does something almost no other Batman villain has ever done before. He figures out Bruce Wayne is Batman.
Bruce will get his back broken or at least seriously beaten to shit by Bane. I’m talking within an inch of his life here.
If Batman Begins was loosely based on Batman: Year One, and The Dark Knight took it’s inspiration from The Long Halloween / The Killing Joke, then I believe that The Dark Knight Rises will be a re-imagining of Batman: Knightfall (The Knight Saga). Hear me out.
The Knight Saga, starting with Knightfall, tells the origin of Bane. A bad-ass who was born in prison on the island of Santa Prisca, and before he’s even spanked on the ass he’s sentenced to life imprisonment for the crimes of his father. He’s going to have some Daddy issues, but more on that later.
Now guess who’s going to break Bane out of jail to join the League just like he did Bruce Wayne?
Back to the trailer.
“Will he ever come back?”
Now that Bruce is gone, Gotham quickly falls into Bane’s and the League of Shadows’ hands, And all hell breaks loose.
Who will save Gotham now? The dynamic duo! Though this time it won’t be Batman and Robin. It’ll be a new “World’s Greatest Detective” John Blake. Whom through digging into the disappearance of Batman crosses path with a newly well behaved Catwoman. Now it’s time to fight some crime!
“Did they kill him?”
“I’m not sure.”
Though good intentions and a mission aren’t enough to beat back Bane and his henchmen, so they’re going to need some toys.
That’s right, Catwoman didn’t steal the bat-pod, she was given it by a now underground Lucius Fox who’s using his basement full of tumblrs and armor to supply a citizen army, mirroring the Batman wanna-be’s from the previous film. The only difference is now they aren’t wearing hockey pads.
While all of this is happening, we’re also going to be shown the comeback…or rise if you will…of Batman. He’ll be healed in the Lazarus Pits, or at least the Nolan version of the Lazarus Pits…
…and he’ll set out to return to Gotham. Though just like in the Knight Saga, Alfred will not be coming back with him.
There will be a rift between Bruce and Alfred. Something we already started to see developing at the beginning of TDK
Batman then returns to Gotham all healed up, this time without Alfred who decides to stay in London because he can’t bare to see Bruce get hurt again, and hits the streets.
“I’ve buried enough members of the Wayne family.”
Ok things are getting a little heavy here. How about a comedy break before we get into Batman’s return to Gotham?
“She was only 16 years old!” Ahh. Much better.
With Batman back on the beat, he’ll have finally become who he was destined to become through out this entire trilogy. A legend. And this legend returns home to an army. Because he has done what he’s been trying to do for three movies now, inspire the citizens of Gotham.
And this is where things stop for me. At this point in the film the final battle is about to throw down, and honestly it could go one of two ways.
Batman wins, credits roll, everyone cheers and is happy. Or something much more ballsy, and frankly much more Nolan’y.
Which I think is more than likely. So I will say it here first. This film will end with Bruce and Bane dead on the floor, and Catwoman setup for the next Warner Bros. franchise sans Nolan with whomever this John Blake becomes. I want to say Robin but…who knows.
All I do know is that looking back a year and a half later my theory was pretty damn close! And I can’t WAIT to see this fight go down.
Now it’s time to watch the trailer again for the fifth time, haha.