The Ending Of The Dark Knight Trilogy Explained

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If you're new, Subscribe! → /> Christopher Nolan's epic Batman series ended on a somewhat confusing note. Batman was essentially dead, Bruce Wayne retired in Italy, and all the villains met a slow, dramatic end. But every resolution seemed to bring yet another cliffhanger. So what exactly happened with the finale of The Dark Knight Rises? Here's an explanation of what really went down in the ending of Nolan's Batman series, and what it meant — and still could mean — for the future… Blast survivor | 0:26 The light knight rises | 1:41 Room for a sequel? | 2:30 Setting a tone | 3:47 The standalone series | 4:37 Read more here → /> Comic Book Movies /> Doctor Strange Easter Eggs You Didn't Notice /> The Real Reason Marvel Won't Give Hulk A Movie /> How Marvel Characters Should Really Look /> The Real Reason Amazing Spider-Man 3 Didn't Happen /> Dumb Things In Civil War That Everyone Just Ignored /> The Real Reason Marvel Won't Give Black Widow A Movie /> Website → />Like us → />Follow us → />Instagram → />Vine → /> Looper is the go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games we all love. We're addicted to all things superhero and Star Wars, but we're not afraid to binge watch some reality TV when the mood strikes. Whether it's revealing Easter eggs and secrets hidden in your favorite films, exposing movie mistakes, highlighting the best deleted scenes, or uncovering the truth about reality TV's strangest stars, Looper has endless entertainment for the discerning YouTube viewer.

What other movie endings would you like to see explained?
Officer K
Am I the only one that absolutely loved The Dark Knight Rises?
Took Looper 5 years to explain the ending of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Mr Magnificent
Christian Bale is the best Batman ever.And Heath Ledger was the best Joker ever.Infact all the cast of TDK Trilogy is perfectly match with characters.Hit like if u agree
one of the best trilogy ever made
i still stand on the fact the dark knight was the best batman movie the best DC movie and has the best joker/ dc villain. I dont see another director today doing what nolan did for batman. He literally saved the name.
Sean-Luc Shanahan
Video explained in 1 sentence: Everything you thought about the series and its ending is absolutely correct and not confusing or ambiguous whatsoever.
Brett PGH
Don't forget what happens next. All of Gotham's criminals are still on the loose, and the new Batman has zero training. Batman spent years training with the League of Shadows and could barely keep Gotham safe. Blake is a cop and...well that's it. He might have access to Batman's toys, but he has no idea how any of it works. He's dead, week one.
Jamael Hatcher
Christian Bale is the only Batman in my eyes
A friend has always said this to me: "The dark knight either dies a trilogy, or lives long enough to become batman and robin." XD
Krabby Patty
that franchise ended 5 years ago and now u make a video about the ending
Nate M.
Oh man! I so badly wished Nolan had continued this series. JGL as Robin fighting alongside Bale's Batman would have been so freaking cool!!
confusing? it wasn't confusing at all. it was a great ending
Marvel may be winning now but most of those movies I watch once and that's it, this trilogy I find myself watching a lot I literally watched the one with the joker two nights ago lol
Cody Parkey
Anyone else miss Heath?
Jack Gran8
i litterly just watched the dark knight rises about 20 mins ago 😂😂
the dark knight trilogy will be the best dc movies and in general superhero movies ever in my opinion and no other superhero movie will get the same respect as the nolan trilogy
Yo Chris Nolan is such a crazy good filmmaker and he should make a Robin movie. Or Denis Villeneuve.
R.I.P. Adam West
Jonathan Hollingsworth
Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Red Hood in the DCEU
zaim rozaan
Nolan, please.. Continue this trilogy
Does this trilogy need explanation? No. It's pretty straight forward if you just pay attention.
maybe joseph Gordon levitt should have played some sort of version of batman beyond
Sub Zero
The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises are the two best comic book movies ever made. Nolan completely changed the game. Even Marvel fans (myself included) pay respect to this masterpiece of a trilogy.
Dashing Dreww
I'd love for Nolan to come back and do batman movies again
Christopher Nolan needs keep making dc movies
Pablo Cuadras
Perfect trilogy
Vincent Maliga
I know Joseph's character most likely became the new Batman. But remember when Bruce said the point was Batman can be anybody. I believe he meant that metaphorically bc remember he also said he didn't want copy cats and that if John Blake were to fight crime he should wear a mask. I think John became his own hero and actually became something similar to Nightwing with the help of Lucius. Their relationship is probably exactly like Dick Graysons relationship to Lucius in the Arkham Knight DLC. And his approach to fighting criminals is head on instead of ninja like. I don't think he would use guns like Red Hood bc as soon as he kills someone with it he throws it away. He's a master Detective like Tim Drake. The villains he probably would have to face are Riddler, Black Mask, and Penguin. They should make a quick short comic book about his adventures since we obviously can't get a movie
LT Smash
The DC Expanded Universe should just drop Snyder and Affleck, and bring Nolan and Bale back.
Yahir Lopez
My 2nd favorite movie trilogy next to Star Wars the OG trilogy
your gonna need some real balls to try and add more to that trilogy
Cam Crawford
Not going to overlook that you totally never explained the ending at all...
Nikhil Rao
It would be so good if Nolan makes a sequel of the dark knight rises...😭😭😭😭... Nolan we beg you....
Hoss Mazz
And who can ever forget the legendary performances by the 3 actors, Tom, Heath and Bale..
blueberry smasher
Tom Hardy really killed it in his portrayal of Bane... as did Ledger as the Joker... great actors forever enshrined in DC Universe.
The Almighty god
love this trilogy becoze batman doesn't try to show him self as a superhero !! he's a guardian .... A SILENT GUARDIAN ...THE DARK KNIGHT
you're a couple years late....
imperator maxim furiosa
so it took 5 years for guys in the looper to understand the ending😂😂
Army of Blood
There are people who needed this explained?
3 is enough!
No super hero movie from DC or Marvel comes close to these films. Great trilogy.
One Shot
your 5 years late
Batman beyond/Batman of the Future! Would make an amazing movie.
What's the point of this video, TDKR came out like 6 years ago, are there people who need clarification on the ending for some reason?
rishi kumar
its not batpod(batman's bike) its called the bat(it has some long, uninteresting Wayne Enterprises designation), whats wrong with this voice over guy, first it was joker's car from suicide squad (Vaydor) now on batman
Why would I even need an explanation?
Troy Castles
well done Captain obvious
Haroon K. Wazeer
I saw the Dark knight rises more than 50 times😍😍😍
Be Fresh
but who uses their legal name as alter ego😁😁, they would die within couple of days of being hero. Bad guys will know their identity pronto.
OK Tony
The Dark Knight ending was not confusing. Nothing was needed to be explained.
Cervantes Miller
Why are we getting this like 3 years later 😂
saint stingy the wise is a hydra agent
you never knew what happened to the joker. He just got arrested. Or the scarecrow.
Frank Houttave
There is only problem with the trilogy : The fact the Joker hasn't been mentioned once in the TDKR isn't logical, it's absurd.
James Anthony
Actually, before the bomb blew up, Batman activated auto-pilot, so my guess is he jumped before the bomb went off
Joey Doe
why can't people just make a movie that tells it's own story instead of changing the entire story based on trying to intertwine other characters into it just to make a spinoff. that's why I live the dark Knight trilogy
Sidney Tucker
Batman Begins is good. The Dark Knight is the best one, and that's for the Joker and not Batman. The Dark Knight Rises is the worst.
The Spongy Mallard
He's Batman, why do we need to explain anything?
Reed Birmingham
I really want a sequel for the dark knight
Mr. Mammuthus Africanavus
Joseph Gordon-Levitt would've been great as a mix of Batman Beyond/Knightwing BUT I don't think Joseph wanted to bulk up enough...
tyler slaven
I still pray Joseph Gordon Levitt with be Nightwing in a movie one day
Daddy Stalin
2:02 W H Y D I D Y O U S A Y T H A T N A M E
No Jones
I'm still pissed off about this ending!
Eddie Canales-cortes
Who here thinks that Jospeh Gordon levett will make a decent Shazam
Christopher Nolan should return to direct one more film. It should be entitled The Dark Knight Returns. The story should be based on Joseph Gordon Levitt having returned as The Dark Knight to fight crime one last time. An older Christian Bale should return as a behind the scenes mentor to help Joseph (Robin). The one last villain would be The Riddler. Would you be up for this?
Sjaak Purple
So It took them 5 years to realise...
Batman Begins 9/10 The Dark Knight 11/10 The Dark Knight Rises 10/10
An Alien from outer space
Too bad he became an assassin and killed his time traveler self.
Malyssa C
Sequel meet nightwing. GIVE US NIGHTWING!!!
Nolan's masterpiece- batman trilogy still remains connected with my soul from the day i watched last movie. Sometimes movies are made that brilliant nd if u watch nd realise this trilogy with full depth, i think batman movie is 1 of the best movies of the whole life
Donnie Brooke - Pro Wrestler / UFO Hunter
Alot of people like to use TDK trilogy as a pass for every fail that DC has had in the past. Green Lantern sucked, catwoman suckedd, Man of steel sucked.... BUT DARK KNIGHT MAKES UP FOR IT!!! not really. Im not gonna lie. TDK trilogy were the greatest batman movies ever. No one down the line will come close to what Nolan created because Batman is more grounded there then in the DCU. And what ever DC throws down the line with the next batman movie, we know what to expect but we shouldn't be dissapointed if its not The Dark Knight. In the end though, I can savely say that we will never get a sequel to TDK and that all we have to rely on is Batfleck... He is way better batman anyways because he actually kills the bad guys instead of throwing them in a stupid jail in which they can escape.
Sayan Sadhukhan
Nolan should have take over dc!😒
Rahul Mandal
Gotham is at its best in Batman Begins! Best Villain in The Dark Knight! Best story & Best ending of Trilogy in TDKR!
One of the best trilogy's Hollywood has ever produced. It's up there with Star Wars IV-VI and The Lord of the Rings I-III.
Maxel 2
I dont want a sequel, some things are perfect, just who they are now
Please no. This is the 2nd worst Batman I seen on film. Nolan interpretation of Batman was terrible. He focused too much on Bruce and Rachel relationship. They basically turn Batman to Superman. Jumping off buildings to save Lois aka Rachel. He ran off on a boat after Rachel slapped him about having thoughts about gunning down Joe Chill. Did Rachel drive him to become Wackman or was it the death of his parents. After the first movies his dedication, motivation and retirement was all about Rachel and having a relationship/marriage. Nolan "Batman" was active for 2 years. How the hell is he a symbol of hope and not just so guy running around the city for two years? Heath performance saved the 2nd film, but that take on Joker I'll save for another day. But there no way in hell this version of Batman should be allowed on the big screen, small screen or animation. A real take on Batman sounds dumb alone.Also having Robin in the films would be silly per Nolan and Bale.
It would be crazy if they went the Injustice route.. or something like Batman(Ben) meets Batman(Bale) .. 2 universes that actually interact with each other on a movie type bases
Ian Lynch
Am I the only person who actually prefers Affleck's Batman? For the main reason, Affleck's solo Batman film, could be the first ever R Rated or 18 (UK) Rated Batman Film, (Probably won't happen) but there's something pure excellent about the idea of Batman straight up murdering people. I loved the whole brand thing, also his suit looks better, When they changed the suit in The Dark Knight the neck looks really funny, Affleck's Batman looks like a murderous tank.
I hope they dont make it into a universe and ruin it like he MCU. It ended perfectly.
Kedar Kshirsagar
For me, Nolan only created 2 Batman movies. I wish he hadn't made that shitty 3rd movie. Second one had a perfect ending too which did not need any more movies after it. Heck, even 1st one had proper ending. But TDK was a well written sequel.
Darren Addison
Nolan didn't even want to do the dark knight rises after the death of heath ledger. He had to change the whole story as originally the joker was supposed to return with batman and 2face trying to bring him down. So highly doubt he will revisit the trilogy to add a fourth.
Mr Philippus
dude the batman trilogy is over as soon as batman v Superman came out their was no turning back it's way too late to bring back batman from the dark knight trilogy if they continued the dark knight trilogy it wouldn't make sense that's the point of faking his death so than they could end the dark knight trilogy.
Justin Chang
the dark knight trilogy was what inspired me in a dark time in my life and is why i look up to batman the ending was some what sad happy and dissapointing but was still a good ending i just wish i knew what kind of hero john blake was
Erik Collett
Hmmm... due to DC's resurgence, this isn't likely to happen. It would cast a shadow over the current iterations of Justice League. Nolan's Batman trifecta is going to stand on its own.
Erick Rangel
This video is 5 years too late...
Brian Austin
Batfleck for life!!!
YAMO Knight
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Teh Fighter
Bruce put the bat in autopilot and gets out and nukes exploded everyone thought he died but no Blake finds the batcave and becomes the new batman and Alfred finds Bruce in a restaurant the end
Bobby Posey
I wish he would continue but Nightwing or red Robin not to say a Batman beyond wouldn't be cool but let's face it the would screw that up
I'm still mad at C.Nolan!!! smh come on man you and your brother are great writers so at least give me the Ridler before stepping away!!!
Kavir Raghubir
The Dark Knight Rises is my favorite movie of all time, together with the entire trilogy. Really wish Christian Bale had continued playing batman. He was by far the best ever.
Chazzy_ ba
They should do a Batman Beyond or Batman Beyond Return of the Joker type sequel
If it says I don't know about it,,,I will be happy,,rather eating my head
oedipa maas
I just realized a pretty major problem with the ending. Everyone thinks Batman died, even Alfred. Since he knows Bruce was Batman, that means he would've thought Bruce died as well. How can Bruce have access to his money without outting himself? I guess he could have set something up before he "died", although it would be basically impossible to have access to the billions he owned. Also, Batman is really well known and everybody knows (thinks) he's dead. Bruce Wayne is also a well known public figure who would've gone missing when Batman died.
Kevin Ndolo
Christian Bale was always the Best Batman. I'll also miss the Dark Knights Trilogy Soundtracks.
James Sibson
There should of been a further sequel!!! Absolutely! With Robin taking over the mantle as Gotham's savior! Eventually Batman could return to gotham and return from.the dead to aid Robin!!
Lewis Shepherd
Joseph Gordon Levette should play nightwing for the upcoming solo Batman film
Frank Houttave
The DK trilogy should have been the Kickstart of the DCEU and WB should have given Nolan and some true DC comic book fans all creative power over the project.
The Ink Pot
Nolan is like DC’s Russo Brothers