Bale addresses end of ‘Dark Knight Rises’ – Was it a dream?
(IGN.COM) NEW YORK – The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale has explained what he thinks was happening at the end of the film. Spoilers follow.
The third movie in the Christopher Nolan franchise conclusively ended the trilogy (leaving room for Ben Affleck to take over in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the budding Justice League).
But some viewers felt the bow at the end was a little too tidy, and wondered if it was a dream sequence.
At one point in The Dark Knight Rises, Alfred explains a fantasy of his about Bruce Wayne giving up the Bat lifestyle and retiring peacefully. That very thing happens at the end, when we see Bruce Wayne enjoying a vacation with Selina Kyle after apparently faking his own death.
It’s led to fan theories that Alfred was dreaming of a happy ending for Bruce, but Bale says he thinks it was meant to be real.
“[Alfred] was just content with me being alive and left, because that was the life that he always wanted for him,” Bale told a fan at an EW Q&A. “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 find that he had freed himself from the privilege but ultimately the burden of being Bruce Wayne.”
Bale also joked that Bruce has “eaten lots of mozzarella by this point, he won’t fit back in that suit.”