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Old August 15 2012, 03:34 PM   #900
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Re: "The Dark Knight Rises" Review and Discussion Thread (spoilers)

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Bruce doesn't appear in truly physical difficulty at the end of TDK yet in TDKR he looks in pretty rough shape.
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^It's been a while since I watched TDK but yes, I'd also agree that I couldn't quite figure out how or when Bruce was supposed to have been so badly injured as to require the cane.
As far as his extensive injuries go, though, that can easily be explained by what he goes through in Begins and TDK alone. In the span of those two movies he:

- Falls through ice, gets beaten by sticks, gets his arm slashed by a Katana, gets in prison brawl, fights a bunch of ninjas, falls off a mountain before digging in and supporting two grown men with one arm, and carries Ras on his back down the mountain and walks to the nearest city.

- Falls several stories from the GCPD building and crashed into a metal fire escape without the cape to get away from a pursuing Gordon and gets set on fire and exposed to the fear toxin by Crane.

- Fights multiple League of Shadows ninjas, gets a burning wood beam dropped on his body, gets smoke inhalation, gets jumped by a mob in a riot, and gets dragged by the arm from a train.

- Fights several mob henchmen, gets bitten on the torso and arms/legs by rottweilers, gets thrown from a van into a concrete post, falls down three stories and crushes the van.

- Fights several of Lau's henchmen, and gets yanked out of a building by a plane while carrying Lau.

- Fights several of Joker's henchmen, gets kick/stabbed by a boot knife, falls from the penthouse of a skyscraper and crushes a car while taking the brunt of the impact to protect Rachel.

- The Tumbler gets blown up by an RPG with him in it and (aptly) tumbles multiple times, and he falls off the Batpod after being shot at.

- His Lamborghini gets smashed between a small penis substitute giant pickup and an SUV with Reese in it.

- He fights even more of Joker's henchmen, Joker kicks him while he's down and hits him with a metal pole, he gets chewed on by the same Rottweilers again, he fights a SWAT team.

- Gets shot by Harvey Dent and tackles him off a five story building onto steel beams and the ground.

He's got enough adrenaline at the time to shake it off and walk away, but all that crap is going to catch up with him. I'm amazed he can walk at all, much less with a cane, and that's just because he's the goddamn Batman.
That is a very comprehensive list of injuries! Full credit!

I don't have a big problem with him having the cartilage injury by the time of TDKR. I did make the point in another thread that from a dramatic point of view, it may have been silly to have made Bruce/ Batman aged 30 at the start of his career, given that he would thus have missed the best fitness years of his life and would be starting out at a career where many athletes would be retiring (Batman's level of fitness would need to be athletic level and he would be similarly prone to injury).

It's just that at the end of TDK he didn't seem to be in such bad shape and my own interpretation, rightly or wrongly, was that he didn't re-don the Batsuit after the night Dent died. So the cartilage injury seemed a little sudden (not to mention suddenly healed) and unexplained.

Maybe a line from Alfred along the lines of 'X years of constant punishment on your body, throwing yourself off buildings, taking on SWAT teams, being involved in car crashes will do that to you' might have clarified it.
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