It’s time for the Dark Knight to rise once again, as Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” hits theatres this week, introducing us to a new, melancholy version of the Caped Crusader. Robert Pattinson dons the cape and cowl to play Bruce Wayne, an emotionally stunted vigilante who mopes around his cave by day and fights crime at night. As “The Batman” opens, Batman has been operating in Gotham City for two years, but he hasn’t made much of an impact in terms of crime prevention. Sure, minor criminals fear The Batman, but that doesn’t keep Gotham safe. And as “The Batman” progresses, Batman discovers that small-time criminals are the least of Gotham’s concerns.
Within the halls of power, there is a deep-seated corruption that goes far beyond anything Batman could have imagined. Meanwhile, the Riddler (Paul Dano), a serial assassin, is haunting the streets of Gotham, aiming to expose the city’s elite’s dishonesty. So, how does “The Batman” fare at the end of the film? Is he up to the task of rescuing Gotham? And, finally, how does it all come to an end? Don’t worry, I’ll answer all of your questions. There will be big spoilers from here on out.
The Batman Ending Explained: Batman Vs Riddler
Those who have already seen The Batman will have picked up on a significant portion of the plot, but before we get to the ending, we’ll give you a quick recap. A two-year-old Batman is invited to an assassination, that of Gotham’s current mayor, by his police friend Jim Gordon. Batman and Gordon begin their quest for the killer with a series of puzzles before meeting The Riddler, who reveals himself as such.
This villain arrives to confront and murder several politicians, justifying his actions by pointing to the system’s flaws and a horrible truth hidden beneath the city. Slowly but steadily, Batman unravels the mystery, and with the help of Selina Kyle and Gordon, he realizes that even his parents are part of a web of falsehoods orchestrated by gangster Carmine Falcone, who, because of his organized crime clout, owns virtually all of Gotham.
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The Riddler’s Motive
The Riddler’s purpose was to put an end to the lies and teach a lesson to the city’s corrupt public officials, as well as to wreak mayhem in Gotham with his followers. But it wasn’t just about The Riddler’s corruption; it was also about something personal. Wayne Enterprises has millions of cash to donate to the orphanage and charity. That foundation was taken over by the mob after Wayne’s death and utilized as a fund of money to do their business, leaving this orphanage, where The Riddler lived as a child, without resources.
Let us recall that Bruce’s father attempted to bribe a writer in order to conceal the tragic life of his wife Martha, who suffered from mental illness and worked at the notorious Arkham Asylum. As Alfred (Andy Serkis) reveals, after failing to do so and being anxious to protect his wife, he seeks the assistance of Carmine Falcone to frighten this journalist. But things spiral out of control as Falcone seizes the opportunity and murders the subject. Knowing a horrible secret about Thomas Wayne, he threatens to report him to the authorities. Alfred suspected Falcone of assassinating the Waynes, however, this was not verified.
Finally, all of the corruption, which began with Wayne’s treatment of his wife, resulted in The Riddler’s misery, as he grew up with traumas and psychiatric difficulties, which he calmed down in some ways once he realized he had the power of revenge in the city. Because of the corruption, the villain did not have a good upbringing, which fueled his rage and craziness. This is why he assassinates the mayor, the police commissioner, and the prosecutor, all of whom were complicit in Falcone’s deception.
He also learns Batman’s true identity. Despite the fact that The Riddler is apprehended, he orders his followers to strike Gotham City one more time, but Batman, with the help of Selina and Gordon, confronts her and saves many people, including the incoming mayor.
The Joker Is Coming
In the post-credit scene at the Arkham Asylum, in the next cell, we hear a mystery voice encouraging the Riddler to think about his destiny as we watch him grieve his losing battle against Batman. This unknown individual seemed to have totally captured the Riddler, with jokes about clowns, seduction through anarchic thoughts, and a sinister laugh. The Arkham intern concludes their talk by assuring the Riddler that the citizens of Gotham adore a successful homecoming…
However, everything points to him having more personal motives. Barry Keoghan plays the unknown character, and all signs point to Joker. We know there are a lot of tortured villains who look like the Joker, but the clown joke and the laughs appear to confirm that we have a new cinematic Joker.
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