While filmmaker Christopher Nolan has a reputation for coming up with complex, “mind-blowing” stories despite the fact that, truthfully speaking, none of his films are really all that hard to follow, he certainly does have a knack for crafting endings that leave the audience talking. Whether folks are sorting out a final reveal, debating over whether a top was or wasn’t spinning, or excitedly discussing the possibility of a new Joker in a potential sequel, those leaving a Christopher Nolan film aren’t likely to simply shrug their shoulders and turn their attention to deciding where they’re going to eat for dinner.
One of Nolan’s much-discussed endings is, of course, the conclusion to The Dark Knight Rises. People had plenty of theories about how Nolan was going to close out his Batman trilogy, and he came up with a slightly ambiguous yet also predictable way of tidying up the story. Regardless, there’s still some debate about what did and didn’t happen, and in a recent interview star Christian Bale weighed in with what he thinks The Dark Knight Rises ending means. Read on after the jump.