I got out of the movie theater last night after watching a marathon of BB, TDK, and the TDKR at midnight. I'll start off by saying that these films are magnificent. The portrayal of Batman is very close to how I believe it could be in real life. However, I believe that Nolan has taken and distorted the character of Bruce Wayne in the eyes of the mainstream public.
One of the greatest qualities of Bruce Wayne is his unwavering commitment to justice and the preservation of life. As most readers of Batman will know, there is no true Bruce Wayne. That boy may as well have been shot in the alley with his parents. There only exists Batman in that broken psyche. This is my greatest problem with the ending of Dark Knight Rises. *IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE RUN AWAY NOW* At the end of the movie we see Bruce sitting at the Paris cafe with Selina living what appears to be a relatively normal life. A touching tribute to a man who has given so much to Gotham, however, completely out of character for who he is. It was touched upon in Batman Begins when Rachel says that Bruce Wayne is the mask, and then solidified by her death in The Dark Knight. This represents the end of what could be a life after Batman for Bruce. The fact that Nolan had him leave his post as Batman at the end of the movie comes very close to ruining it for me. I would have accepted his death. I would have accepted him being crippled permanently. But I will not accept the fact that Nolan has destroyed Batman's persevering sense of justice and responsibility. Batman would never leave Gotham for something so trite as his own personal happiness.
The thing that wounds me most is that the movie came so close to capturing that sense of unconditional commitment. All it would have required would be a vague ending of Blake walking into the Batcave and being greeted by a silhouette of Bruce leaning on his cane. Watching over the city and waiting for evil to rear its ugly head so he could beat it back into Oblivion. This ending would also have led perfectly into a possible Batman Beyond spinoff. And how fun would it be to see a live action grumpy Bruce Wayne mentoring his hi-tech clad protege?
Let me restate that I really enjoyed this movie. I love the Nolan series and the way it shows the gritty reality of the character over the camp that was Schumacher. I just feel that Nolan abandoned a quintessential character trait of Bruce Wayne. What do all of you think? Did you enjoy the movie? How many people are hoping for a Batman Beyond movie in the future?