Fans hate spoilers, but did Bane give away the biggest twist of the movie in one line?
Image: The Dark Knight Rises Bane (Tom Hardy) and Batman (Christian Bale) in Gotham's sewers
Be warned. If you haven't seen The Dark Knight Rises and don't want to know about the twist ending don't read this post.
Wikipedia describes a spoiler this way. "Because enjoyment of fiction sometimes depends upon the dramatic tension and suspense which arises within it, the external revelation of such plot elements can 'spoil' the enjoyment that some consumers of the narrative would otherwise have experienced."
There's one line that would have killed the film for me if I'd realized it early on. So, which scene is it?
Batman goes to Bane's underground lair in the sewers and fights him. The Dark Knight, using an old "League of Shadows" trick to blind him.
Bane says, "Ah, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding!"
At the time it seemed like a simple line about when he was in prison and escaped. But, think about it.
The flashbacks all showed Ra's Al Ghul's kid leaving the prison as a child. Bane said he left the prison as a "man." So he couldn't have been Ra's Al Ghul's boy. Which means Ghul's child was someone else...like Talia aka Miranda Tate. For me this was a huge twist, so I'm glad I didn't pick up on it during the film.
I'm not saying this is a bad thing. It's been said that a good twist ending has enough clues that half the audience guesses it. A bad twist ending has none, so the audience feels cheated. Too many and the audience thinks it's obvious.
Imagine if you'd realized early on that Bane wasn't the real villain. What if you had known Miranda Tate was planning to destry Gotham? I don't know about you, but it would have ruined a great twist. Good thing I was too distracted by all the rampant back-breaking going on.
What about you? Can you think of any other clues to the twist ending of The Dark Knight Rises? Have you ever seen a twist ending that was too obvious or too obscure?
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