Christian Bale Explains the End of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

What exactly happened at the end of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises? Some fans have assumed the scene in which Alfred (Michael Caine) sees the presumed-dead Bruce Wayne with Selina Kyle in Florence, Italy, to be a dream. However, Christian Bale doesn't agree with that interpretation.

During a press conference for Exodus: Gods and Kings covered by Entertainment Weekly (via MovieWeb), the Oscar winner offered his own take.

"[Alfred] was just content with me being alive," Bale explained. "And he left. Because that was the life he'd always wanted for [Bruce]. I find it very interesting. I think with most films, I tend to say it's always what the audience thinks it is. My personal opinion is that it was not a dream. That that was for real. And [Bruce] was delighted that he had finally freed himself from the privilege, but ultimately the burden of being Bruce Wayne."

So, does that mean his version of Batman could make a comeback? Not to Bale's mind. "He's still there," he said. "He's eaten lots and lots of [unintelligible] at this point, and he won't fit back in that suit."

Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings opens Friday.

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