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Michael Caine Says, Yes, Alfred Really Did See Bruce Wayne & Selina Kyle At The End Of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
December 5, 2012 12:44 PM
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Perhaps the open ending of "Inception" is to blame, but for whatever reason, a segment of audiences seemed to be baffled by the conclusion of this summer's "The Dark Knight Rises." At least one blogger surmised that Bruce Wayne was actually dead at the end of the film, and when Alfred looks up in an Italian cafe and sees him along with Selina Kyle, leading a new, quiet and happy life, it's his imagination (or something). But just like he did for "Inception," Caine has put all conjecture to rest about what those final moments really mean.

“They were there,” Caine told Hero Complex. “They were real. There was no imagination. They were real and he was with Anne, the cat lady, and I was happy ever after for him as I told him during the picture.” Done and done. That will hopefully put this issue to rest, though we're not quite sure how there could be confusoin as anything else wouldn't really make much narrative or thematic sense.

And what's next for Alfred? Well, "Justice League" is around the corner and a new Batman will be suiting up, and Caine is ready to go if asked. “I said to Chris, ‘If they do it again and they ask me to be the Butler, I’m going to do it,’” the actor shared. “He said, ‘I want 10%.’ ”

"The Dark Knight Rises" is now available on home video.

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13 Comments

  • Reese Evans | May 8, 2014 3:01 PMReply

    I would be more inclined to take the opinion of the co-writer Jonathan Nolan (who refuses to answer the question 'Was Alfred imagining it') than the actor who played Alfred. The ending is written to be ambiguous and open to interpretation by design.

  • AE | December 6, 2012 10:06 AMReply

    Didn't see anything ambiguous in that scene at all, more's the pity, it just felt so twee and banal, and added to my dissatisfaction with the film as a whole, a little more ambiguity would have helped.

  • Daniel | December 5, 2012 9:43 PMReply

    You know what makes no sense? The fact that he is in an airplane with 5 seconds to go with a 6 mile radius bomb and he just makes it out. Remember Caine's line to let the "truth have its stay" in the movie? Well Bruce is lying by saying he died and moves away, so that goes completely against the theme of the film. there is NO REAL explanation as to how he "survived", just that he did and had an auto pilot. OK cool, but that doesn't explain escaping a 6 mile bomb in less than 5 seconds.

  • joe | February 19, 2014 11:15 PM

    its cause hes batman leave it at that. or maybe superman might have saved him

  • Kam | June 10, 2013 6:56 PM

    The novel and script give more insight. He ejects and gets away in time in classic Hollywood movie fashion. The theme of the movie is actually Bruce realizing he doesn't have to be a martyr.

  • Anonymouse | December 5, 2012 2:18 PMReply

    was that ever in doubt? never heard that ending scene brought up before by anyone. bit unambiguous that scene.

  • cirkusfolk | December 5, 2012 1:33 PMReply

    The ending to Inception isn't to blame. The part of the movie where Batman is seen heading out to sea 5 seconds before a nuclear bomb is detonated is. We've been over this people.

  • simon | December 5, 2012 1:25 PMReply

    who cares? it's a cherry on a turd of a movie.

  • Knative | December 6, 2012 3:17 AM

    Yo, you need to look up the IMDB board of The Dark Knight Rises. It's full of hyperbolic haters such as yourself Simon.

  • simon | December 5, 2012 2:40 PM

    yeah, 'cause it's of course a choice between one or the other, and any opinion against anything of Nolan's not being a stone cold classic is heresy on the internet.

    it's not a good move by any stretch and will not be looked upon kindly in years to come. but hey that's just someone's opinion, and that carries no more weight than your own.

  • dontfeedthistroll | December 5, 2012 2:08 PM

    Simon told me he has no taste in movies anyway, his favorite was green lantern and he is holding his breath for the sequel. lol.

  • jim | December 5, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    LOL 10%! F'n Nolan!

  • rodie | December 5, 2012 12:54 PMReply

    He called her "the cat lady." I love Michael Caine.

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