Monday, July 23, 2012

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What Really Happened to Batman at the end of The Dark Knight Rises     
I'm betting I'm not the only one who walked out ofThe Dark Knight Rises with a question on my mind.

Before we go any further-- and it should be obvious from the headline-- 
SPOILERS FOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES FOLLOW. Get outta here if you haven't seen it. Skip to the News Section

OK, so we're all alone here? Good.

When I first saw that mushroom cloud go up over the harbor outside Gotham, I couldn't believe it. He'd done it, he'd really done it. Christopher Nolan hadn't just killed Batman, he'd 
nuked him, with no doubt that both Bruce Wayne and Batman were gone, leaving Alfred to grieve and Wayne Enterprises to figure out how to move forward without him. That certainty didn't last too long, of course-- Lucius talks to some Wayne Enterprises techs who admit that Bruce fixed the autopilot function before he took off with the bomb, meaning the Bat could easily have been unmanned. And then Alfred finds himself in Italy*, just as he'd dreamed, and sees Bruce having lunch happily with Selina Kyle, both of them having escaped their former identities and living freely.

It was a surprisingly happy ending for such a dark series. But I don't think you have to take it that way. As the Bat flies away from Gotham we clearly see Batman sitting in the driver's seat, with 5 seconds left to go on the bomb's clock before it sets off. If he in fact managed to get out of there so fast, how did he escape the bomb radius? And how on earth could he swim back? And while I know Nolan is allowed creative license and a serene spot for dear old Alfred to visit, doesn't it seem bizarrely coincidental that he'd see Bruce and Selina in the one place he'd imagined-- as the very smart 
Dave Lozo pointed out, is there just one cafe in Paris?

I'm not saying the ending presented to us cannot be true. I'm just saying it's not as simple as it might seem, and I don't think I'm the only one who walked out of the theater saying "Wait, is Bruce Wayne actually dead?" before being mocked by friends who took what Alfred saw at face value. Remember how much the spinning top in 
Inception drove us crazy for months? I'm confident Nolan was at least going for some dose of that confusion-- something to keep you talking and arguing as you leave the theater. 

So is anyone out there with me? Do you at least think the ending is intended to be a little vague? Vote in the poll below and let me know if I have anyone in my corner-- and keep coming back in the next few days as we continue our editorial coverage of 
The Dark Knight Rises while also dealing with the film's association with a real-life tragedy. 
Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Lands an Early November Release Date

Briefly: Disney, who is distributing this DreamWorks production, has set Steven Spielberg's new Lincolnhistorical drama for release this fall. Lincoln will first get an "exclusive release", I suppose meaning limited, starting November 9th (same day as Skyfall), before expanding wide on November 16th. Another quick platform release just like Spielberg's War Horse last year. Lincoln is the epic new historical biopic from Spielberg, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, about the sixteenth President of the United States guiding the North to victory during the Civil War. Daniel Day-Lewis stars, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, Jackie Earle Haley, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace and David Strathairn. We'll keep any eye out for the trailer.

Branagh Chats About His Villain & Directing 'Fast-Paced' Jack Ryan

We just found out a few days ago that actor/filmmaker/Shakespearean Kenneth Branagh was not only directing Paramount's new still-untitled Jack Ryan movie, but would also be starring as the "villain" - a financial "wiz" who helps the Russian government destroy the U.S. economy. Despite that rather boring (meaning: not-action-heavy) plot, Branagh recently revealed in an interview withCollider that the film would actually be a "very fast-paced, very contemporary, very action-driven thriller." Chris Pine is set to star as Jack Ryan, and apparently they're preparing to start shooting in September for months. Read on!

Teaser Trailer for  Syder's "Man of Steel" Premieres

Josh Holloway Finds Paranoia Opposite Liam Hemsworth
Paranoia, a corporate thriller based on the book by Joseph Finder, continues to add to its impressive ensemble. Led by The Hunger Games Liam Hemsworth, the story of corporate espionage already features several top line actors including Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Richard Dreyfuss as well as Lucas Till, Amber Heard and, now, Josh Holloway.
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A Jumanji Reboot Isn't A Bad Idea, Actually
The live-action Jumanji, with the charging animals and the energetic adventure, would be something that would appeal to kids and possibly broader audiences as well, in a way that The Smurfs just can't. And if you look back at the original Jumanji, made back in 1995, the early era CGI effects could use some serious updating
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