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Old July 27 2012, 04:25 PM   #592
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Re: "The Dark Knight Rises" Review and Discussion Thread (spoilers)

There seems to be a lot of ambiguity out there as to John Blake's fate as indicated by the film's final scene, but, if you're actually paying attention to the clues Nolan leaves us throughout the film, there really ought not to be, because he's hinting pretty specifically at Blake taking up the mantle of Batman. There are even some moments in the film where he's not-so-subtle about pointing in that direction, such as the two conversations between Blake and Gordon about the need to know who their savior (Batman) is. The reprise of this conversation is particularly important in terms of foreshadowing Blake finding the Batcave and rising up with the bats surrounding him, especially since said reprise comes only moments before said scene (Blake in the Batcave).

There's also more than a bit of foreshadowing/hinting going on in terms of the chalk bat symbol that we see Blake and some of the kids in TDKR drawing and that was used in promotional material for the film.
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