christianbale I never thought it would come to this, but I really am disappointed with my film-geeker blogger pundits and peers overall in regards to The Dark Knight Rises. It’s not that they disliked the film, or, even if they did, they saw it and formed an opinion. All film is subjective. I understand that. But when my peers put together the top tens of 2012, the reason for having Rises lower than other films -specifically The Avengers– is due to Dark Knight Rises having too many plot holes. I found it rather odd. While The Avengers is pure popcorn fun and I’m not really knocking it in any way, many have noted the film has the most movie error mistakes of the past year. Some people noticed, some didn’t. Some….just don’t give a rip. But my point is…why dump on one film while giving the other a pass? To add to that, last summer I heard of all the “plot holes” in Dark Knight Rises and was confused more by those who made those charges. Didn’t they see the same film I did? Well, I bought the latest Batfilm on video and re-watched it a few times. Even did the Ultraviolet – Flixter thingie. Now, I think…I think…I know what went down.

It’s our fault really, us filmgoers and movie geekers. We have gotten lazy in our viewing habits. We have seen so many films which tell us to leave our brains at the door that when films ask us to put those brains back in, we forget to do it. Or we are too busy texting/calling on our cellphones while the film is playing. Or paying attention to the snob who texts while the film plays. Christopher Nolan treats the filmgoers as if they are smart. We have, in turn, treated his film like we are smarter and he’s stupid. That summary seems a bit harsh, and I’m sure a few people are offended by it. No, I won’t apologize.

While that can be true for most films in general, for Dark Knight Rises, it’s critical. It’s asking for you and invites you to pay attention. It’s your fault if you didn’t. It is quite possible that on repeated viewings, and possibly repeated viewings of the previous films (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) to not be concerned with “plot holes” of Rises.

About now you’re probably thinking, “Man, this Darren J Seeley guy is being a pain in the ass.”. Buddy, you don’t have a clue. For as long as you read this, I will be a big bad thorn in your side. I’m going to present evidence taken from all three movies to address “the plot holes” in The Dark Knight Rises.

Of course, there is that slight possibility that you are already far ahead of me, with me all along, and simply are going to be giddy that I noticed the same things you have and that You Are Not Alone.

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I’ll start with one “plot hole” from the film’s beginning, where Bane (under a hood) and two others are handed over to a hot headed CIA agent and his team. The question comes up: why didn’t they know Bane was among the three prisoners? The answer is they didn’t. We are simply assuming the mercenaries handing Bane over to the CIA are themselves CIA. They never get on the plane with the CIA and the prisoners. They will also show up later as part of the League Of Shadows under Bane/Talia.

Once on the plane, it is clear the CIA agent is conducting an off the books interrogation. The hoods are part of a scare tactic. It is only when Bane speaks then they realize they have Bane. It freaks everyone out, including Pavel. Nobody doubts Bane’s words when he says it was his plan to get “caught”. During the assault, a blood transfusion between Pavel and a dead man – of Pavel’s body type – takes place.

Now you’re probably saying “Ah! But what about the plane crash! Wouldn’t the CIA notice that the plane is shot full of holes?”

You can’t be serious.
But you are.

Aside from the bullet holes, what else has been done to the plane? Aside from that, what’s going to happen to the plane when it crashes to the ground? That’s right. A mangled mess….on top of what’s already been done to it.

How did Blake know Bruce Wayne was Batman? Why did it take so long for Gordon to know?
Blake’s reasoning is very thin, but it is still a reason, and it does not make a plot hole. There are no co-incidences. That said, here’s one of those times where we have to look at the previous films. In Dark Knight, the officers had ‘The Batman investigation’ as a low priority. Even the corrupt ones could care less. Gordon even admitted he didn’t really bother with the question of Batman’s identity all that much. Even after the cover up with the death of Harvey Dent, there were some officers who didn’t think Batman was directly responsible if at all (like Blake).

Time/Timeline
Here we will run the gauntlet of alleged plot holes. For example, Bane’s attack on the Gotham Stock Exchange. A whole mass of police showed up within minutes of the attack, correct? Wrong. Bane and company were there for some time. In MOVIE TIME it is paced where it is only a few minutes. When you watch the film again. take note of the streets just before Bane arrives, then when he and his cronies make the escape. You’ll notice the rain. You’ll notice the sun slowly going down. Logic assumes the attack was planned – the motorbikes were smuggled in the building at some point prior and that some “employees” helped to cover that up.

* Bruce Wayne was a recluse for eight years.
More like seven. Not the full eight. Shortly after the events of the previous film, Wayne had to work on the mothballed environmental project with Miranda Tate. The project failed.
Tate (Talia) therefore had to been in the city around the time of Dark Knight and possibly even Batman Begins. (Ras’ made a claim that LoS had infiltrated Gotham’s infrastructure; and some LoS cronies were still in/around the city after the events in Batman Begins)

* Bruce Wayne could have not made it out of the prison and back to Gotham in records time – while being broke
In Batman Begins he did just that, getting the workings of a criminal underworld while using little, if any, of his resources. He was in a prison at the start of that film, right?
We didn’t need to see all that again. Also, everyone seemed to have forgotten that ALFRED was out of Gotham. While there are no scenes to suggest Alfred helped him, Alfred DID re-enter the city quickly after Batman/Wayne saved the city. Correct? So he had to be close by.

*How did Wayne get past the armed guards on the bridge?
Most will say “He’s Batman!” which sounds like circular reasoning, but if Wayne can use his training to be Batman, sneaking past the Army isn’t a stretch. Besides, a small team of military guys was smuggled into the city. Who’s to say Wayne didn’t smuggle himself in?

* Why didn’t Talia tell Bane Bruce was back?
She didn’t know until Bane put her back with Nelson Fox. She didn’t want to blow her deception, so she simply didn’t tell Bane. Besides, you can also assume she did, and Bane’s “Impossible” would take on a different meaning. Impossible that Wayne has become Batman again and escaping the Pit.

* How did Wayne know when the bomb would go off when he re-entered the city?
Good question! A good theory is that we don’t know exactly when he re-entered the city. It is reasonable that he didn’t see Selina Kyle first thing, but rather may have assessed the circumstances around him in order to come up with a plan of attack.

What about the bomb itself? It would still wipe out the city after Batman takes it away
It’s stated many times that the blast radius would be contained for about six miles. It would be enough to take out the city, but not, say, half the east coast. Thus the blast is far enough away.

How did Bruce Wayne survive the blast?
He wasn’t in the Bat at the time. It was on auto-pilot.

Why did he pass on the torch to someone who wasn’t as trained as he was?
The city needs rebuilding. It won’t happen overnight. Blake “will” become Batman (or…’Robin?’) at some point. But not right away. Also, who is to say Blake can’t meet up with Wayne and/or Kyle for that matter outside of Gotham, and learn some tricks on top of his police training?

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Don’t get me wrong here–I’m not suggesting those who fuss over these and other mind challenges in the film hated the film. Far from it. The main problem is that Dark Knight was near perfection with it’s story. It hit such a high peak that it would be tough to follow up on that. If we are to go there then we are more apt to seriously nitpick Rises even if our main faults with the picture are weak.

Will Dark Knight Rises do what Dark Knight didn’t at get an Oscar nomination for best picture? If the year was anything but 2012, I would say yes. But not in a year of Argo, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Mis, The Grey, and Lincoln among others. Not when The Hobbit is around. I would still put in a word for Rises if I was on the Academy—but the past year was just too good. Someone’s going to get snubbed.

-DjS

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