The Dark Knight Rises

Trivia: Comedic actor Thomas Lennon has a small role as the doctor Bruce sees for a check-up before he visits Gordon. Lennon previously played a similar role in director Christopher Nolan's "Memento" (as the doctor the character Sammy Jenkis visits). Lennon stated that Nolan specifically wanted him for the role of the doctor in this film, and has speculated that perhaps Nolan considers them to be the same character.

Trivia: John Blake talks about "giant alligators" being in the sewer, likely a nod towards Batman villain Killer Croc.


Trivia: The kicker for the opposing team is actually the mayor of Pittsburgh Luke Ravenstahl, who was a kicker in college.

Trivia: Many of the Gotham Rogues are played by members of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ben Rothlisberger and Hines Ward can be seen during the pan of the team during the National Anthem. The game is also being played at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Trivia: The voice-over montage by Gordon after the bomb detonates and continues as Bruce's eulogy, are direct quotes from Charles Dickens' 1859 novel "A Tale of Two Cities" (with a couple of slight wording variations to account for the setting).

Trivia: In the scene where John Blake visits Bruce Wayne in his mansion, you can see a bust of C-3PO behind Blake and to his right. As Blake gets up to leave, you can see the bust in greater detail. (00:26:55 - 00:29:10)


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Suggested correction: It's not C-3PO, it's merely the bust of a golden man, not too dissimilar from an Oscar statue. There's one on either side of Blake, and the one on the viewer's right is more visible.

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Trivia: At the football stadium the R on one of the Gotham Rogues banners is the Robin logo.

Trivia: There is a subtle tribute to one of the film's graphic novel inspirations, "The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller (1986). In both the 2012 film and 1986 graphic novel when the Gotham Police Department are pursuing Batman, the veteran policeman offers some advice. The line spoken by the veteran policeman to the younger policeman in the film ("Oh boy, you're in for a show tonight, son.") is a nod to the line said by the veteran policeman in "The Dark Knight Returns" ("We're in for a show, kid.").


Trivia: At the Gotham Rogues game, the man in the suite with the mayor of Gotham is Thomas Tull; the owner of Legendary Pictures and a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Trivia: The outfit of Bane with the red helmet and the leather jacket at the stock market is a reference to Jason Todd. The second Robin who later became Red Hood.


Trivia: While Bruce and Lucius are talking in Fox's office, there is a pic of the Joker beside Bruce.


Trivia: The nuclear tracker device has the DC comics logo on it.


Trivia: While the actual pit was a set and Hollywood magic, the exterior of the prison [once Batman escaped] is Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India. A set of circular stones mark the supposed "entrance" to the pit. However, the interior of the prison, which had all of the wall/stairs, have a real life inspiration. Chand Baori, was built in the ninth century, and has 3,500 steps across 13 stories. Apparently, the priests who lived there also liked to chant as they descended the steps to reach water.


Continuity mistake: When Bruce is meeting with Lucius in the office at Wayne Tower, the book on the seat next to Bruce changes positions during their conversation. (00:37:15)


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Question: So Batman rides the Bat-cycle into the alley in order to get to the Bat and fly away from the cops when he returns from exile. What happens then to the Bat-cycle? It doesn't seem like the Bat-pod has room to carry it and there's nowhere in the alley to hide it. Batman also doesn't set it to self-destroy (assuming that's an option as with the Bat-pod) so does he just leave it there?


Chosen answer: He hides it away, presumably in the modified shipping container that we see him retrieve it from later on, once he returns to the city from captivity. Having left the Bat there so that he can use it if necessary, it would make sense that he'd also prepare somewhere to hide the Bat-pod when he changed vehicles to avoid having to leave it for the police.

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