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Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises screenplay

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The Nolan brothers completed The Dark Knight Rises screenplay, concluding what is now recognized as one of the most successful trilogies in movie history. Batman fans are esthetic with the latest The Dark Knight Rises masterpiece, a comic book movie that crossed the $300 million domestic box office mark to collect $304 million in ticket sales. The Dark Knight Rises screenplay has created lengthy discussions on the ending.

Christopher Nolan's resume includes riveting films such as Insomnia, Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. Even more impressive is that Christopher Nolan has written the script to all of his movies, also recruiting his brother Jonathan Nolan to co-write three great Batman screenplays. The Batman trilogy features some of the best writing in movies.

Christopher Nolan is an exclusive product of the United Kingdom. The most talented U.K. movie stars, directors, and writers have delivered amazing movies to the movie world. We are lucky to witness Christopher Nolan's epic Batman movies play out on the silver screen. The Dark Knight Rises is a complex screenplay that features a movie ending that has fueled countless discussions on the web.

Why is The Dark Knight Rises ending such a popular discussion? The film ending is written with very little exposition; instead we see subtle dialogue encode messages. For example, Batman told Gordon that any person can be a hero, even a man who puts a coat on the shoulders of a young body to tell him the world hasn't ended (not exact quote). This is creative screenwriting at its best since the movie quote reflects back to the origin of Batman, a young boy who’s trying to accept his parents are dead. That movie dialogue alone makes The Dark Knight Rises a splendid screenplay.

Another impressive aspect of the TDKR script is the rope symbolism. We see the "rope" open the movie, as Bane and his crew are hijacking a plane to take nuclear physicist Dr. Pavil hostage. The same rope is conveyed in an important prison scene to build emotional structure such as fear, hope, and fate. The rope is further elaborated on, connecting moviegoers to underlying themes with an atomic bomb dangling below the Bat plane. Lastly, Robin John Blake swings with a rope into the Bat Cave to rise as Nightwing.

The Nolan brothers introduce clues in the setup, and then deliver a payoff to answer such plot questions. Selina steals Bruce Wayne's fingerprints and his mother's pearl necklace. The main focal point is that Bane and his thugs use the fingerprints to waste away Bruce's fortune. In result, Bruce must step down from his chairman position.

However, the events are interconnected, as Miranda is actually Ra's Al Ghul's daughter. The Dark Knight Rises plot twists expose Miranda's sinister plan to seek revenge, Batman reveals his identity to Gordon, an ambiguous cafe ending raises many questions of Bruce Wayne's true fate, and the introduction Robin John Blake as Nightwing is shown as a cliffhanger. The twist endings are a series of twists that keep the audience thinking.

Plot twists are also known as twist endings, which reveal a surprise ending or an unexpected twist to change the dynamics of the plot. We see twist endings in horror movies, crime movies, and psychological thrillers. M. Night Shayamalan is referred to as Mr. Twist Ending. His The Sixth Sense movie reveals a plot twist at the end of the movie.

The atomic bomb adds a dimension of fear to the story. In a pit prison, Bruce admits his fear of death, indicating that he refuses to die in the prison while Gotham falls to Bane. Bane threatens Gotham with a 6 megaton atomic bomb capable of wiping out the highly populous city. Gotham citizens hide in their homes to escape the fear of the revolt against the city government.

The Dark Knight Rises movie end features many plot holes. How does Bruce Wayne survive the atomic blast? It is implied that an autopilot repair 6 months ago enables Batman to guide the Bat plane to the sea. Therefore, the shot of Batman flying the Bat plane is suggested as a trick. Most viewers believe Bruce Wayne survives because the Nolan brothers reveal an autopilot repair. How does this autopilot repair save Bruce Wayne?

The Dark Knight Rises script thus becomes confusing to answer plot questions. Are main characters experiencing a personal moment with the plot clues in the movie end? We see Fox show a surprising look to imply he knows Bruce Wayne survived the atomic blast. Gordon is hopeful that a Bag signal repair, broken since The Dark Knight, establishes that Batman is alive. Lastly, John Blake is given a bag to guide his journey. We see Blake swing into the Bat Cave to rise as the next hero. The major characters experience a personal moment to deal out a surprise ending.

The surprise ending is broken down into two parts. Alfred is dining at an Italian cafe. He looks over across the way to discover Bruce and Selina having lunch. This scene is ambiguous, leading us to believe in possible dream imagery to convey a fantasy. Alfred speaks of this cafe scene in the turning point, hoping that Bruce will one day find happiness as he imagines. How does Bruce arrive at the Italian cafe at the same exact moment as Alfred? Moviegoers believe in the obvious clues to show Bruce is alive.

The writing is so vague that we can't determine the purpose of the Italian cafe scene. Is this cafe scene realistic? Are Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle in a fantasy? Should people believe that Bruce Wayne survived an atomic blast? The plot holes are transparent, thus creating multiple possibilities to interpret the scene. Did Bruce Wayne survive an impossible atomic blast? Did Bruce use autopilot to save Gotham?

Good screenwriting makes us think beyond the silver screen. Christopher and Jonathan Nolan are great screenwriters. Their Batman movies feature some of the best writing in movies. In the future, we will review The Dark Knight Rises script. Thanks for reading.

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