THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: How Christopher Nolan Kept Bruce Wayne's "Death" A Secret

At the end of The Dark Knight Rises the citizens of Gotham as well as the entire world believe that Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) was a casualty of Bane's occupation. A funeral scene at Wayne Manor took place, but see how Nolan kept Bruce Wayne's death a secret.


In this clip from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Christopher Nolan explains the tricks that he implemented to keep Bruce Wayne's demise a secret from the public. Before the film came out there were reports that a funeral scene had been filmed at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, which is the setting for Wayne Manor in the film. Many people were trying to guess which character had died, and when that scene took place in the film. After the film was released it was revealed that the scene was for Bruce Wayne's funeral. It's quite an emotional scene as Commissioner Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) recites a passage from Charles Dickens' classic, "A Tale of Two Cities" and Alfred Pennyworth (played by Michael Caine) breaks down in tears apologizing to Bruce's parents, "I'm so sorry. I failed you. You trusted me, and I failed you."

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. The cast included: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John "Robin" Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul.
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