A fictional character comic book superhero (created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger) who fights crime in Gotham City.

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Why is there no Robin in the Nolan-directed Batman movies?

Although Robin seems to have an pivotal role in ruining earlier Batman movies, he's still an integral part of the Batman series. Is there a reason why Robin does not appear in Batman Begins/The Dark ...
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What is the main theme of The Dark Knight?

According to Wikipedia, the main theme of The Dark Knight is escalation, such that each event lead to an escalation that results from the choices Batman and James Gordon make. A separate source said ...
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What is the real reason for the Joker's scars?

In The Dark Knight, The Joker told different reasons for the scars on his cheeks. Initially he said that his father gave him the cuts on his cheek as a child after his father performed the same act on ...
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Why does Bane protect the girl?

In the final twist of the movie, it is revealed that Talia is actually the one to have climbed out due to Bane helping her get up the hole. However, Bane's pure motivation during the events of the ...
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Is Batman Begins based on any Batman comic or was it entirely written from scratch?

Were Batman Begins or The Dark Knight based on any particular comic(s) or was were they completely created from scratch?
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Did Batman break his one rule?

In the final scene of The Dark Knight, we see Batman go on a final confrontation with the corrupted Dent. Dent, hell bent on making Batman and Gordon pay for Rachel's death, flips his trademark ...
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Why did the Joker lick his lips?

Throughout The Dark Knight, the Joker licks his lips when in conversation. Why does the Joker do this? Is this a psychological affect commonly observed in sociopaths or people with mental imbalances ...
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What happened to Bruce Wayne/Batman's knee?

Early in The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce is seen limping with a cane. Some characters allude to an injury sustained from a fight, but we never see this in The Dark Knight. At the conclusion of that film, ...
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Why didn't Bane reveal to the public that Bruce Wayne is Batman?

In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane publicly reveals the cover-up of Dent's death and disclosed all the crimes were made by Harvey Dent. Further, he reveals the role of Commissioner Gordon to cover-up ...
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Does Christopher Nolan's Batman have an overarching theme?

With the conclusion of Nolan's Dark Knight movies, we are now able to look at all three movies as a single entity, broken up into three parts (acts, if you will). Is there a specific theme, or set of ...
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What kind of apparatus is Bane's mask?

During the course of the film, it is explained that Bane has to wear his mask in order to keep his pain level down to a bare minimum. During the final fight, we see Batman start to disable this ...
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Why does Christian Bale deform his voice when playing Batman

As almost every Batman fan, I like the Christopher Nolan's interpretation of Batman. But why does Christian Bale deform his voice when playing Batman? Is it to scare off/intimidate people? Or to ...
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Why doesn't the bomb cause radiation poisoning to Gotham City?

The ending to me makes no sense. Batman put his plane on auto pilot that was carrying the bomb away from the city, but they should be affected for many years to come just like Hiroshima. How come ...
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How educated is Bruce Wayne/Batman?

Sure he is a billionaire, trained by the League of Shadows, pretty smart too but how does he manage to fix a sophisticated piece of tech like the Bat's Auto-pilot on his own(I assume he did that on ...
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What is Bruce's alibi in the end?

At the end of Dark Knight Rises, we see the twist of Bruce/Batman taking the bomb himself across the sea, presumably, to sacrifice himself to keep Gotham safe. We know this isn't the case for Bruce ...
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How can Batman run and climb in the pits without his knee brace?

Okay so after watching The Dark Knight Rises, I spent a bit of time thinking about the film, at first I didn't get it. I understood the storyline but this major plot flaw/continuity error really ...
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Fox's analysis of the Bat

Near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Fox examines the Bat and finds out that an auto-pilot had been installed. This seems to me a bit strange, because we have seen the Bat carrying the bomb far from ...
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How does Blake know that Bruce Wayne is Batman?

In The Dark Knight Rises at the scene when Bruce first meets Blake (where the latter goes calling at Wayne Manor), the way Blake confidently asserts to Bruce that Batman is needed seems to suggest ...
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What is the reason for the color scheming of Nolan's Batman franchise?

Throughout the three Batman films, there has been one running theme in common. Each movie has its own color scheme. Batman Begins - Brown & Black The Dark Knight - Blue & Red Dark Knight ...
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Is Dr.Crane/Scarecrow part of the League of Shadows?

He originally works for Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins poisoning patients with his neuro-toxin. And in the Dark Knight Rises he is appointed judge of the court trying the rich and powerful. Is he part ...
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Talia and Bane age problems?

Bane saved Talia when she was a baby. He was pretty old maybe in his 20s or 30s. But then she grows up and wouldn't that make Bane 60? He looks young.
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Why was there no hint of the Joker?

In Dark Knight Rises, we see a bit of history of what has happened to Gotham in the past 8 years. Batman in seclusion, criminals being locked up for being part of organized crime, and Gordon's guilt ...
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Why would Dent's convictions be overturned?

In the Dark Knight, When Batman interrupts (what would probably have ended in) Dent killing Thomas Schiff, Batman tells Dent that if people saw him doing this, then all of the criminals he'd locked up ...
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Why did the prisoners help Bruce?

When Bruce is left broken and suffering in the Prison Pit, Bane explains that this is where he suffered and where Bruce will fully realize his failure with Gotham, and then be killed. During his time ...
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Did Ra's al Ghul have a hand in the murder of Bruce's parents?

In the film, Liam Nielson's character states something along the lines that they had tried to destroy Gotham once before via economics, but some stubborn citizens (Bruce's parents) kept things afloat. ...
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Is Ra's Al Ghul alive or dead?

Viewers are lead to believe that Ra's Al Ghul died when the train de-railed and crashed into Wayne Tower in Batman Begins. But he appears to Bruce while he is in the pit during the Dark Knight Rises. ...
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Why didn't Katie Holmes play Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight?

Katie Holmes played Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins but Maggie Gyllenhall played the character in The Dark Knight. Was there any particular reason why Katie Holmes didn't continue on in the role?
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Is Bane just an agent in Talia's plan, or is he the true mastermind?

At the end of the movie, it is established that Bane would die for Talia, and that she is dedicated to completing Ra's Al Ghul's plan to destroy Gotham. It seems that Bane takes point as "Gotham's ...
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How did Talia find her father?

In the great revelation of The Dark Knight Rises, we are shown it was Talia that escaped from The Pit, then brought her father back to rescue her savior, Bane. However, considering the fact that ...
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Were parts of The Dark Knight Rises a commentary on the Occupy movement?

A fair amount of the second act of The Dark Knight Rises has a class warfare plotline. This is foreshadowed in the trailers with Selina Kyle's "there's a storm coming" monologue. Some of the ...
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Why choose that birth name for John Blake?

Near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, we learn that What motivated the Nolan brothers to include this in the film? Are they merely nudging and winking at the audience? Furthermore, why Robin? The ...
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What was the significance of the branded tattoo on Miranda?

After Bruce and Miranda shared an intimate moment, they cuddled by the fire. At one point, Miranda gets up and we are given a clear shot of some form of branding on her skin. It wasn't clear to me ...
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Why doesn't Bane just detonate the bomb?

Why does Bane talk about giving Gotham to the people if he intends to blow it all up. Why doesn't he just detonate the bomb right away?
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Did cats have magical powers in Batman Returns?

In Tim Burton's Batman Returns, Max Shreck throws Selena out a high story window where she plunges to the ground. It's not quite clear to me if she dies upon landing or just knocking at death's door. ...
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Was Alfred in on Bruce's plan in The Dark Knight Rises?

Near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Alfred is fed up with Bruce's inability to let go of Batman and quit despite Alfred saying to him "I've buried enough members of the Wayne family" so ...
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Why didn't the bomb cause a tsunami in Dark Knight Rises?

AFAIK, even smaller (Mw 4.2) earthquakes in Japan can trigger tsunamis. So was the atom bomb used in Dark Knight Rises was not this powerful?
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Evidence for and against the ending of Dark Knight Rises

I've heard a few people mention that the ending of Dark Knight Rises, where Alfred sees Bruce and Selina at the bistro in Italy, was just a dream. When I watched it I thought it was really happening. ...
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What does Bruce Wayne pack on his third attempt of leaving the pit in Dark Knight Rises?

Right before Bruce Wayne attempts to leave the pit he packs up something in a towel and wraps it around his body. Does anyone see what he packs?
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How does Bane know that Batman is Bruce Wayne?

In The Dark Knight Rises, when Catwoman (Selina) brings Batman to Bane's place, she trapped him in Bane's place, after a short while Bane came and called Batman by his real name, Bruce Wayne. I was ...
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Why does Batman trust Selina Kyle all the time?

In The Dark Knight Rises, in the beginning of the movie Selina Kyle stole a necklace from Bruce's home as well as taking finger prints of Batman and helping Bane to steal from the share market. Then, ...
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Why does Bane want to destroy Gotham city?

In The Dark Knight Rises, at the end of the movie Talia said, it was her father's dream to destroy Gotham city, and I accept that any daughter who was in that situation will definitely think to ...
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Is this Green lantern and Batman reference intended for Justice league movie?

In Man of Steel , there are two references to other DC character, such as - First Christina Wren's character called Carrie Ferris in the film resemblance to Blake Lively's character Carol Ferris ...
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How did Bane get out of the pit/prison in The Dark Knight Rises?

In The Dark Knight Rises, till the end of the movie the audience would be think like, the kid get out from the pit was Bane. But, in the climatic scene the movie revealed that the kid wasn't Bane, it ...
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How did Batman survive when he was stabbed?

Near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Batman was stabbed by Miranda. After a while Batman took his bat and flew away to detonate the bomb. Then at the end of the movie he was at the dining table with ...
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Was this a representation of Batman’s fall?

During the end of The Dark Knight, Batman knocks Dent off the building, barely managing to catch himself and the kid. After Gordon gets the kid Batman falls. After his fall from the building the ...
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Is the pit in Dark Knight Rises a representation of Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus pit?

Everyone familiar with Batman universe would be quite familiar with Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus pit. Given the realism shown in the Batman movies by Nolan, for instance Bane's character and his mask. In ...
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Why was Gotham City moved to New York City in The Dark Knight Rises?

The Dark Knight was shot in Chicago. And so was Batman Begins. But The Dark Knight Rises is clearly shot in New York City. Why was Gotham moved to a new city for the last part of the trilogy?
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The Ending of Dark Knight Rises

So either he has a crazy swim to do, or I'm being too picky. Am I missing something?
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Was Bane part of the League of Shadows during the time Bruce was being trained?

Both Bruce Wayne and Bane were obviously trained by the League of Shadows so it seems quite possible that their time with the League of Shadows could've coincided. Bane was in the pit for a long time ...
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In The Dark Knight why does The Joker not appear to feel any pain?

In many scenes of The Dark knight, it seems that the Joker feels no pain. E.g. During the best scene of the movie, when the truck is turned upside down by Batman, The joker was sitting inside the ...