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Question: I was wondering if I had missed something. Near the end of the film the Joker has rigged the two boats w/explosives, and has said if one of them doesn't destroy the other by midnight, they will both blow up. So, why, at midnight, do they not both blow up? I don't remember seeing the scene where that detonator was found and dismantled. I suppose it could all have been a ruse, and the Joker was certain one of the boats would blow up the other, so he had no need to carry through with his real threat, but then again, earlier in the film, he had talked about how his consistency would be a thing gotham could count on. If he said, for example, he was going to blow up a hospital, then it would happen and people would derive some sort of comfort from that. So what happened with the two boats? And I know the Joker is crazy and might not always act rationally, but this does seem to fly in the face of the character. In fact, it would seem more likely that he would hope neither would destroy the other just so both would explode and there would be more carnage. Can anyone help out?

Chosen answer: He was sure that one boat would blow up the other, but the goodness in the people on the boats showed through and they didn't do it. He pulls out his own detonator (saying something along the lines of "if you want something done properly, do it yourself" and was about to blow them both up when Batman threw him off the building which made him drop the detonator. We didn't see it destroyed, but we can assume it broke when it hit the ground.

Paul Brannon

Question: The original Hostel film had 3 different prices (can't remember them exactly but it was one price for local, slightly more expensive for Asian and very expensive for American). However this film sends pictures to clients' phones and starts an auction. Anyone know why this one is different when it's supposed to be the same operation?

Chosen answer: Since the events of the first film, there were some changes in the operation....enhanced security, etc. It can be presumed that the auction is simply one of those changes.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Question: Why does Batman say he is going after Rachel when Gordon asks him, then go to rescue Harvey Dent? Did the Joker switch the addresses on purpose? But then why didn't Batman show any surprise when he's expecting to find Rachel and finds Dent instead?

Chosen answer: Yes, the Joker switched the addresses on purpose. Batman arguably shows brief surprised when finding Dent, but his expression's hard to read as we're mainly shown Dent's reaction. I'd argue it's intentionally left a bit vague as to whether Batman knew the Joker would lie and intentionally went to the "Rachel" address in order to rescue Dent, or else intented to rescue Rachel but by the time he realised the deception what else could he do?

Paul Brannon

Batman is running on pure emotion at that point, when he learns the locations. There is no way he is going to purposely let Rachel die, no matter what the consequences. This is essentially the love of his life, his soul mate. He is not going to just let her die to save Dent. Joker knew that by the time he gave up the addresses, he would have Batman not thinking. He won't stop and think "Maybe he switched the addresses."

oldbaldyone

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Question: Okay, I'm pretty sure I see Estaban in every episode, so why isn't he introduced in the title song? And his name (Adrian R'Mante) sounds like he's Spanish and so does his accent. Is this true?

Chosen answer: Esteban isn't in every episode of Suite Life. According to the episode count, he's only appeared in 39 episodes out of 88 whereas the twins and Moseby are the only characters to have appeared in all 88 episodes. With regards to Adrian R'Mante, the actor is American and the accent is part of the acting.

Neil Jones

Question: Towards the end of the film while Harvey has fallen on the ground and Batman says, "The Joker won", what does he say after that? And what does he mean by this? I watched this in the cinema but was a bit 'distracted' towards the end.

Chosen answer: They say that the Joker "won" because he managed to make Dent, a truly good person, become evil, which would show Gotham that everyone is evil at heart. That everyone is capable of corruption, and that there is no hope to save Gotham. Batman then explains that they have to hide what Dent has done. They need to cover-up the murders he committed and make them look like Batman did them. Dent is a much better symbol for the people than Batman, and Batman knows that if they find out the things he has done, their spirits will be crushed. Batman and Gordon decide they have to make Dent look like the hero and Batman look like the villain in order to keep the people of Gotham fighting for what is right.

Question: Doesn't Batman show up only during the night? If I'm not mistaken, I believe he showed up during the day in the movie, no?

Chosen answer: Batman shows up when he's needed. If that means appearing during the day, that's what he does. While, yes, he generally does his stuff at night, it wouldn't be terribly heroic of him to fail to save somebody or foil a crime just because the sun hadn't gone down yet.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Could someone please explain the sequence of drilling out the bullet from the wall, shooting the different blocks, and being able to identify the fingerprints on the shattered bullet? Also, where did the fingerprint come from? What was the point of shooting the different blocks in the new Batcave?

Chosen answer: The goal is to get Joker's fingerprint from the bullet in the wall of the apartment. Bullets are usually loaded into a gun's "clip" by hand and people don't usually worry about fingerprints then. The bullet in the wall is shattered, so Bruce needs to scan it and re-construct the fragments to re-construct the fingerprint. To do this, Bruce needs to determine what caliber of bullet was originally used. So he loads that Gattling gun with various caliber of bullets and fires one each into similar bricks to find the one with the hole that closest matches the original. Knowing the caliber used, he is able to analyze the fragmentation of the test bullet and apply that to the Joker bullet to "reconstruct" it.

This scene always seem frivolous to me. The computer knows how to recognize fingerprints. Why wouldn't he just set the computer to reassemble the fragments using each caliber of bullet known, until the fingerprints look right? Or, have it reassemble them and after each run through, attempt to match that fingerprint with someone in the city. This seems like it would be faster than setting up a gattling gun, targets, different caliber ammo, etc. Granted, the technology is all fictional so I guess you could say the only way it worked was the way Bruce did it.

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Question: Which episode has Chandler teasing Joey by dancing around Pinnochio-style and singing "I'm a little wooden boy" etc?

Chosen answer: That would be the very first episode of Friends, "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate", when Joey tells Rachel that he's an actor, and Chandler makes fun of Joey's stint in a production of Pinocchio.

Super Grover Premium member

Question: How is it that nobody would notice a school bus driving out of a broken wall to a bank? People and cars were going by as the bus drove out of the rubble and mangled building as if nothing was out of the ordinary. I know this is Gotham, but wow.

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: Some of the cars would have seen it, but what matters is that the police arriving did not see it. By the time the police start taking statements from people on the street or inside the bank (they would have seen the bus too), the bus would be long gone.

Racist Dawg - S7-E20

Question: When Hank told Roger that he was accused of being a racist, why did Roger ask if the man who called him that was wearing a bow tie?

Chosen answer: Roger was referring to the Nation Of Islam, an organisation preaching self-reliance for black people within an Islamic framework. Members wear smart dark suits with red bow ties.

Question: The questions page for this movie says that the Green Goblin's voice, in the first movie, was another personality in Norman Osborn's mind. When Harry sees Norman's apparition in the mirror, is it really Norman, or is it coming from Harry's mind?

Chosen answer: Norman's dead - he died in the first movie. This isn't a ghost, just a hallucination in Harry's mind.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: How old is Donna supposed to be? I know Meryl Streep is 59 but Donna couldn't be that old, could she? Not if Sophie is 20 and it is indicated that Donna was a young mother, as she got thrown out by her parents when she got pregnant.

Chosen answer: I looked it up, and not only is it not specified for the movie, but it's not specified for the stage show either. I think it's safe to assume she's meant to be in her early-to-mid forties, though.

Oh hell no - I'm 42 and she is definitely old enough looking to be my mother .

Answer: She had to have been in early 20s when pregnant with Sophie because in the beginning of Mamma Mia 2 she, along with Rosie and Tanya, is graduating from Oxford University.

Answer: I would say late 30's to early 40's because, I could be wrong, but it would seem a bit off if she got thrown out when she was in her early 20's, however if she was 17 then it would be more likely she was still living with her parents, Plus she had a diary and the way she wrote in it seemed like how a teenager would. My overall guess is between 39-47.

Not really...if you actually know the movie Rosie says something about Donna sounding like her mother and "Catholic guilt." Her age wouldn't matter at all...she got pregnant out of wedlock and with a possibility of three different men...being Catholic her situation would be a huge deal. She may not have been thrown out either. Donna simply says her mother told her "not to bother coming back" meaning what she'd done caused her mother to disown her. I'd put her age early 20s.

Question: The minor character of Mr. Reese sounds very similar to the word mysteries, could he be a future Riddler?

Chosen answer: Unless the name Reese is subsequently revealed to be an alias, it's unlikely. The two films so far have been consistent with the comics with regard to the real names of characters; the Riddler's name in the comic universe is Edward Nigma (or Nygma).

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What happened to the money?

Chosen answer: The dime Sheriff Bell finds in the room strongly implies that the money had been hidden in the vent by Moss, and had been retrieved by Chigurh.

Question: I don't get the joke Chris told Liz in the cabin motel about the Zen master that ordered a hotdog with everything. What was funny?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: The Zen master tells the hotdog vendor to "Make me one with everything," a pun, of sorts, on the Zen philosophy of becoming one with the universe.

Jean G

Question: When Shane pulls Peter out of the ball pit it looks like he is wearing a cast on his right leg. Does anyone know if this is true?

Chosen answer: No, it is just his sock.

Roland - S1-E23

Question: When Roland was brushing his hair at the end of the episode, why did he suddenly stop and stare at himself in the mirror?

Chosen answer: Roland was being controlled mentally by his twin brother. The pause is to suggest that he has gone from being controlled by him to being possessed by him.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Anyone want to explain the opening sequence? The guy was able to rocket himself through the window with apparently superhuman speed and reappear behind the shooter within a few seconds despite crashing several stories below. No superhuman abilities, other than absurdly good marksmanship and fast reflexes are stated during the film.

Chosen answer: Pretty crazy to say that they have no supernatural abilities when the first thing shown in the film is that they do. Their reflexes, enhanced strength and speed, the ability to curve bullets (which is way beyond "absurdly good marksmanship") - all these are well into the superhuman class. Granted, the more extreme abilities aren't used that much in the film, but it's stated in the film that the individual performing those actions is one of their best. But it's all there - your assessment of their abilities is a long way below the mark.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is the name of the song which plays over the end credits? And is it available to download anywhere?

Chosen answer: It is "And When I Die" performed by Joe 90, based on the Blood Sweat and Tears song. It's available in iTunes.

Question: Has there been any information as to will happen to Joker's character who was not killed off in the film? Will it be retired or recast?

Chosen answer: At the moment, no, there hasn't. Plans for a third film are only in the very early stages; while Nolan may have a few ideas about what he wants to do, it's highly unlikely that any detailed story proposal exists at this point. In all likelihood, Ledger's death will probably lead to the character's retirement, but, if using the character proves to be necessary for the story that they want to tell, I'm sure that they'll do their best to recast.

Tailkinker Premium member

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