'Dark Knight Rises': 10 Scenes We Wish We'd Seen
1. How did Bruce Wayne get back to Gotham so quickly, since he was apparently in a foreign country and Gotham was completely locked off from the outside world?
After escaping from the horrible prison-pit, Bruce Wayne finds himself penniless on the far side of the world from Gotham City in Jodhpur, India. The quick-thinking ex-billionaire pulls the old Slumdog Millionaire car-thief trick on a few unsuspecting American tourists and charters a flight on the cheapest plane he can afford: a World War I-era biplane owned and operated by a world-weary former test pilot J.P. Valley (Wendell Pierce, completing The Dark Knight Rises' oh-so-rare Wire cameo hat trick).
2. How did Batman escape from the nuclear bomb, when we clearly saw him inside of the Bat-plane with just a few seconds on the clock.
Turns out that Bruce Wayne made two modifications to the Bat-plane while Lucius Fox wasn't looking. First, he fixed the auto-pilot. Second, he added in a special emergency ejection seat. Then, just in case he had to quickly outrun a nuclear mushroom cloud, he released the ejection seat with an even-more-special spaceship rocket which carried him from Gotham Bay to Florence in zero seconds flat.
3. Where did all the citizens of Gotham go after the initial descent into anarchy?
When Bane first takes over Gotham, we see rioting in the streets, as everyday Gothamites are led by Bane's henchmen in an all-out class uprising. Rich old men are pushed out onto the street; expensive mirrors are broken. But after that, the citizens of Gotham seem to just retreat into their houses. Here, we see the citizens of Gotham in that awkward moment when there's nothing left to pillage.
4. Wait, so an adolescent child in an orphanage really figured out that famous gazillionaire Bruce Wayne was Batman because of how he smiled?
Yep! Maybe the angels told him.
5. Exactly how did Talia Al-Ghul begin her decade-long plan to take vengeance on Batman?
Dark Knight Rises' secret Big Bad "Miranda Tate" rose to the executive board of Wayne Enterprises the old-fashioned way: By starting in the mailroom! But even when she toiled in obscurity, Miranda's fellow low-paid interns could tell she was something special. She had gumption. She had zazz. Think Working Girl, except without the secret identity. Wait, scratch that. Think Working Girl!
6. How did Bane get that massive TV set into the horrific prison-pit?
Getting the TV set down actually wasn't that hard. You know what was hard? Getting that damned satellite set up. Stupid DISH network.
7. Where does Alfred go when he leaves Wayne Manor?
Finally off the clock for the first time in decades, Alfred returns to his childhood home in Southwark, South London, where he has an awkward, hilarious, and tenderhearted reunion with his elder sister (Maggie Smith), his conniving niece (Carey Mulligan), his childhood sweetheart (Judi Dench) and his old romantic rival from his university days (Bill Nighy, in a performance described by critics as ''Nighy-esque'').
8. What happens to Bruce and Selina after they start a new life in Florence?
With their identities scrubbed and their bank accounts empty, Bruce and Selina start a daring new life as international jewel thieves, robbing from the rich and using the proceeds to open orphanages in every major metropolis on the continent. But Bruce, Selina, and their army of adorable orphans are just two steps ahead of Interpol agent René Montoya (Jean Reno).
9. How is Anthony Garcia still in the mayor's office eight years after The Dark Knight?
Taking a page from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several pages from Julius Caesar, Garcia uses the popularity of his anti-crime program to end all term limits in Gotham City and have himself declared mayor for life. He becomes famous for his decadent parties.
10. Wayne Enterprises created the reactor core that Bane turns into a nuclear bomb. Lucius Fox's top-secret artillery program in Wayne Enterprises supplied Bane's men with city-demolishing tanks. Also, it turns out that the CEO of Wayne Enterprises was the leader of the revolutionaries who took over one of the biggest cities in America. This isn't leading to a question, I'm just making observations.
And good observations they are! In the wake of the Gotham occupation, poor Lucius Fox is left to deal with decades of civil and criminal lawsuits brought against Wayne Enterprises by the citizens of Gotham City and the U.S. government. But no, go enjoy Florence, Bruce!