While Marvel’s carved out a special little place in the hearts of movie goers all over the globe with their tantalizingly delicious post credit scenes, I can’t help but wonder if Christopher Nolan will offer us a similar courtesy at the end of The Dark Knight Rises.
I know. I know.
Nolan is an artiste, after all. He’s never yielded to public pressure, so why would he do so now? Well, I don’t have a satisfying answer for you. I’ve even enlisted the rest of UTF’s staffers to arbitrate this speculation, and after a few hours of raucous, lager fueled debates, we’ve only managed to decide who possesses the grandest beard in the office (I won, of course).
Even though we couldn’t determine whether or not Nolan would leave viewers a lovely little post credit clip, we’ve managed to assemble a list of the Top 3 Most Likely Scenes. Here they are for your enjoyment…
Man of Steel
What better way to rile fans into a frenzy for DC’s next reboot than by tagging a teaser for Superman to the most anticipated superhero film of all time (TDKR, if you haven’t been paying attention)? From a marketing perspective, it makes perfect sense. The clip wouldn’t necessarily belong to the Nolan-verse, which would please the Director, but it’d still benefit from TDKR‘s branding.
Plus, we’d see Supes again. It’s been too long since the Last Son of Krypton has skirted the skies in his flapping blue and red suit. I miss those damn space jammies!
“The Legend Ends”
Warner Bros. has been teasing us for months with that little blurb. Does Batman die? Does Brucey? Is it figurative? Literal? The WB has already done a good job of confusing fanboys, so why not take it up a notch, and introduce a new villain at the end of the film. It’d be especially significant since Nolan has been so adamant about TDKR being his great finale.
Batman has no shortage of baddies, and I’m more than willing to throw my money at the altar of the Dark Knight if that ensures more quality flicks.
Heir to the Cowl
If recent rumors are true, and Bruce Wayne kicks the proverbial bucket, then Gotham would need a hasty replacement. Could that be why Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast as the mysterious John Blake? Hmmm… mysteries, mysteries!
Though, ever since Christian Bale voiced his interest in a fourth film, I think the likelihood of his character’s death is pretty damn slim. You can’t exactly fight crime if you’re six feet under, can you?
Alrighty folks, that’ll do it for our wild late night speculation. What do you think? Did we impress you with our godly detective skills? Or was that all pretty damn wrong? Will The Dark Knight Rises after credit scene even exist?