ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

Christopher Nolan is well-known for presenting ambiguous endings to his movies - and the final chapter of The Dark Knight Trilogy was no different.

At the end of The Dark Knight Rises we see Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) enjoying some al fresco dining in Italy. The scene, of course, references an earlier discussion in which Alfred outlines his desired future for Bruce.

However, there is some debate about this happy ending. Some - if not most - believe it is an event which actually occurs in reality, while others believe it is simply too perfect an ending for the more sombre Dark Knight series. The suggestion, therefore, is that Batman really did die in the bomb explosion, and Alfred is merely dreaming or hallucinating his presence in Italy. Watch the explosive scene below to help you make up your own mind:

But what does Christian Bale himself think? Well, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bale outlines his thoughts on the enigmatic ending:

[Alfred] was content with me being alive, and left because that was the life he wanted for him. I find it very interesting, and I think that with most films I tend to say... it's what the audience thinks it is. My personal opinion is, no, it was not a dream. That that was for real, and he was just delighted to finally have freed himself from the privilege... ultimately the burden of being Bruce Wayne.

But what do you think? Did Batman survive to take a well-deserved vacation to the Italian Riviera, or did he really sacrifice himself for Gotham?


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