[[folder:Why dump Bruce for Harvey Dent?]]
* Why did Rachel turn Bruce down at the end of ''Film/BatmanBegins''? She claims that she used to love him, but before he joined the League of Shadows, he's...well...a whiny little brat. Yes, watching his parents die must have been horrible, but he's obsessed over it even years later. He's only thinking of himself while other people suffer much worse, something she even points out. Then he goes away, comes back wiser, older, ready to start doing the right thing, bringing down mob bosses she couldn't bring down after months of work...and this is somehow a turn off? Does she only go for irresponsible, self absorbed guys?
** And before anyone takes the "maybe she doesn't want to be with a man constantly in danger" excuse, remember this is Gotham. According to the first film, people get mugged every day of the week. Out of everyone, Bruce is probably the safest man in Gotham, with his martial arts training and his full body armour. Not to mention in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Rachel jumps right into bed with Harvey, a man in just as much danger, being the D.A, and much less capable of defending himself.
*** Rachel's stated reason for not hooking up with Bruce at the end of the first movie is that she won't take second place to his obsession for saving Gotham, with the unspoken undertone that while she thinks his quest is in many ways admirable its also ''not entirely sane''. A year later, the lonely Rachel meets Harvey Dent, who appears to have many of the same heroic qualities that attracted her to Bruce in the first place, ''but'' he loves her more than he loves Gotham and not vice versa, and he's also not doing wacky things like dressing in a giant bat-suit and beating people to a pulp every night. Of course Harvey turned out to be more nuts on the inside than Bruce ever was, but its not like Rachel's a mind reader, and her death was the catalyst for most of Harvey's insanity anyway.
**** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Hehe. Harvey Dent had more nuts than Bruce Wayne.]]
*** There's also the fact that Rachel has to watch out for herself and what Bruce is doing is technically illegal. There's a certain undertone in the first movie- and all but explicitly stated in the second- that sooner or later Batman will be caught and unmasked- or alternatively turn himself in, something that was already subverted in ''The Dark Knight''. As an ADA, Rachel has to be able to maintain plausible deniability-something that will be much harder to do if she's his girlfriend/wife.
*** Well a high risk of being mugged is different from running head first into criminal activities and giving them a good reason to shoot him. It's a difference between when my boyfriend goes out at night will he get in trouble and how much trouble will my boyfriend get into tonight. Also Harvey was a little unhinged but he didn't go crazy til' Rachael died.
*** She pulls the LovingAShadow schtick. "I love BRUCE, not 'Batman'. You're not REALLY back." So on and so forth. And since this guy is out every night fighting crime for revenge, she kinda has a point. What romance would there be, exactly? Him sneaking out every night, skipping dates, forgetting special occasions, him showing up beaten half to death...
**** Bear in mind the LovingAShadow schtick is actally entirely consistent with the Batman's major theme of Bruce Wayne being Batman's mask rather than the other way round. It was probably to play that aspect up.
[[folder:Why lie about the death of the Waynes, Falcone?]]
* Why did Falcone tell Bruce his father begged like a dog the night he was shot? ''Bruce was there when it happened,'' it's completely ineffective as a taunt.
** Falcone was probably aware of this, but he might have felt that Wayne was such a bratty daddy's boy that the taunt would still be effective.
*** That conversation was right after Chill's day in court, when he expressed remorse, and Chill's death moments later. Even though his apology didn't console Bruce, the truth that it wasn't even sincere makes it worse.
** He didn't say Thomas Wayne died begging, he said Joe Chill had ''told other criminals'' that he had. Even if Bruce knew it wasn't true, hearing that his father's last moments were the subject of ridicule among criminals must have hurt, as Falcone intended.
** Presumably, Falcone actually believes what Chill said was true, so he's mocking the fact that everyone thinks Bruce's dad is remembered as a victim of senseless violence when in "reality" he was a coward.
** In addition to all the above, well, not many people like hearing other people who they hate insult their parents, whether it's the truth or not. It's not that big a mystery.
** I assumed that he purposely insulted his parents not just to rub salt into Bruce's ego but as a way of taking down the "Prince of Gotham" in front of the multitudes of important people in the room such as the judge. Notice how he looks about the room afterwards to be sure those people are paying attention to him insulting and then smacking around the richest person in the city.
[[folder:No one noticed the contaminated water?]]
* Gotham's entire water supply had been laced with Crane's poison for weeks. Fortunately nobody has felt the effects because the compound has to be absorbed through the lungs. Guess people in Gotham don't take nice hot steamy showers, then?
** Or boil a pot of water for cooking, or use the hot water to wash dishes, etc.
*** FridgeBrilliance! The denizens of Gotham have been getting low-level doses of hallucinogens for months, and that's one reason the city's so messed up. After all, criminals are fearful, etc.
**** Makes a kind of sense. Even after being blasted all over the place most of the citzens are less messed up than Bats was after one dose. Clearly the stuff in the pipes is much less concentrated than Crane's personal weapon.
*** It could also be that the poison is turned into its gaseous state at a higher temperature than 100 degrees C.
** And while we're on the subject of water supplies, how would the plan to have poisoned the water supply rally work? Especially considering water pipes are presurized, so when cut open like that, water would gush out instead of letting anyone put stuff in it. They would have had to have put the drug in closer to the intake cribs.
** Not to mention the fact that the Microwave Emitter instantly evaporates any water in the vicinity. Guess what the most common chemical compound in the human body is? (Hint: it's water)
[[folder:You seem to be a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to killing people, Bruce]]
* In ''Batman Begins'', Bruce Wayne chooses to defy the League of Shadows by refusing to execute a farmer accused of murder. He supposedly does this because he feels this is not the right way to deal with the farmer's crime, and he doesn't want blood on his hands. Instead, he decides to escape the League entirely, and in the process, he ''blows up the entire headquarters''. Surely the farmer died in the explosion, along with a bunch of other innocent League members. If I were that farmer and I had to choose between getting my head cut off and burning to death, I'd definitely go with the former. So how does Bruce Wayne's attempt to escape show that he stands for justice?
** There's very little else he could have done. at least he got his point of "i don't condone your actions" across really well this way. and though the chance may be very small at least this way the farmer may have gotten out.
** "Innocent League members"? Considering that the only way to enter the League appears to be ''killing someone'', I doubt the "innocence" of any League agent.
** Despite the fact that Bruce's actions led to a lot of people dying, I suppose there's a difference for Bruce between putting people in deadly situations and personally killing them. Alas, this is the same MoralDissonance that seems to prevent him from saving Ra's...
*** We didn't see anyone die (or I didn't, anyway) except for [[spoiler:In-Name-Only Ra's al-Ghul]], who brought himself down by not minding his surroundings and therefore placing himself in a lethal position. Remember who these guys are. They're too well trained to be likely to die because of a relatively (for them) simple threat like a burning building. As for the criminal, I don't think we know what happened to him and we shouldn't just assume.
*** As for not saving Ra's, there's just no escaping that he will keep trying to destroy Gotham until he's dead, coupled with the fact that he would already be dead if not for Bruce's earlier action. He did save the similarly-destructive Joker, but by then he's built his code a little more, Joker dared him to kill him, he never saved Joker before, and, well, JokerImmunity.
*** Of course, Bruce ACTIVELY TOSSED JOKER OUT A WINDOW.
** This was before Batman got his strict code of honor, maybe it was the event that gave him that code of honor. But in either case, he probably didn't have any problem with killing if he felt it would help the greater good, and the League is obviously evil.
** Isn't he told that after he kills the farmer he will lead the League of Shadows against Gotham? I always thought that was the main reason for the ensuing kaboom. The fact that he was asked to kill a man without "due process" was almost exclusively to segue into the destruction, under his leadership, of the city he had promised himself he would save.
** It's very brief, but there's a quick shot of Bruce shoving the prisoner out of the way after he knocks out Ducard. In the next clip we VERY briefly see the prisoner run for stage-right.
** I always suspected that Bruce thought the execution was a test, and that saying "no" was what Ducard really wanted. It was only later that he decided that was really the right answer.
** Someone in the FridgeBrilliance section offered an interesting hypothesis: ''Batman'' doesn't kill. Bruce Wayne, at least up until that battle, potentially could. After all, they do chuck him into solitary to protect the rest of the Chinese prison...
** The only solution I could come to when thinking about this (as the scene was happening) is that if Bruce/Batman is a consequentialist, then he is a utilitarian. Either that or he's a kind of, sort of, loosely re-defined deontologist (e.g. It is my duty/obligation not to kill people. In order not to kill anybody and simultaneously protect myself I will burn down this building; should somebody happen to die in the process it is not my fault because they did not die by my hand directly).
** Batman's "No Killing" Rule applies more to direct killing, not indirect. He will never actively stab or shoot someone, but if, theoretically, he does something like ram a garbage truck head-on and the driver of that truck dies from his injuries, so be it.
[[folder:Am I seeing things?]]
* I'm getting the feeling I'm the only one who sees it, but I can swear you can see [[spoiler: Ra's]]jump off the train in the climax of batman begins. something I think batman would have foreseen as he knew [[spoiler: Ra's]]physical abilities very well.
** No, you're seeing things.
** That said, you don't see him die either, but man would that ever be an epically over-the-top case of NoOneCouldSurviveThat.
[[folder:Dr. Crane's horse]]
* Where did Crane get a Horse?!?
** It's one of the mounted police's. I believe you see a few of them before everything goes to hell.
** You've made my sister very happy. Although she's now asking why we bother with mounted police and I don't think you should be compelled to answer that.
*** Because sometimes cops need to be faster than they can run, but get through terrain that you couldn't get a car or a motorcycle through. The former are big, and the latter need straight, even stretches of terrain to be useful, while a horse has a brain that can adjust its footing over uneven terrain and even get you around obstacles. Plus, a cop on a horse is more intimidating.
**** Also, Mounted Police are often used by many police forces for riot control because of the height advantage and PR. (Hey, lots of people like horses.) Just like Bicycle Police there's a reason for everything they do.
*** Of course, that still leaves the question of how exactly Dr. Crane was able to control a panicking horse (God only knows what happened to its owner). This problem has led to WildMassGuessing.
*** You can actually see him dragging the unconscious or dead body of the cop behind the horse. You got me on how he controlled the horse, though.
*** The toxin only affects humans? It's an artificial drug after all.
*** I believe there was a throw-away line about Crane growing up on a farm? Anyway, it is likely that horse would not be affected the same way as a human by the drug. Being "artificial" has nothing to do with the biological barrier tropes. No, sir, the FridgeLogic sets in when you consider that the horse is in the middle of an urban district full of PEOPLE GOING COMPLETELY BATSHIT INSANE. That poor animal is terrified whether or not the drug affects it.
*** You can train a horse to not be scared of something that normally panics horses by deliberately exposing it to that something at an early age under controlled circumstances. That's how the armies trained cavalry horses to not be spooked at the sound of gunfire back when they had horse cavalry. And if that's a police horse intended for riot control work, then the one thing above all else that the GCPD is going to do to it is train it to not be spooked when confronted with noisy crowds.
*** Bruce Wayne hadn't been scared of bats for a long time now and yet seeing Crane spew bats out of his mouth still freaked him out. A drug works alters your brain enough that it can override the usual responses.
*** Scarecrow's in-comics backstory had him growing up on a farm, so it's not implausible, heck, it's even probable that he had learned to ride. Pluse, this doubles as one of the few [[MythologyGag mythology gags]] that continuity-hating Chris Nolan would allow, I suppose.
[[folder:"I'm Here to help"]]
* The last thing Scarecrow says before he's tased is "I'm here to help." What is he talking about?
** That was only the start of his next sentence. We can't be sure what he was saying in full, because before he finished he took a taser to the face.
** He was probably just being sarcastic and menacing.
** Also, possibly, reveling in the irony. The guy's a doctor.
*** On a police horse.
** He says "There's nothing to fear but fear itself. I'm here to help." He's here to help them become afraid.
* So, presumably, Bruce walks up to Earle's secretary, tells her his name, and promptly [[HammerSpace pulls a golf club and ball out of his suit pocket.]]
** Considering Earle is pretty much your standard CorruptCorporateExecutive, I bet he'd have handy Golf Club set stored away near his office.
** And even if he's not, this is the future Batman we're talking about. If anyone could conceal a golf club, it's him.
** Earle's golf bag is clearly visible behind the secretary when Bruce walks in.
* [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "I'm Batman." * Looks at homeless man* "Nice coat."]] * Flies away* Uh....Since he really doesn't appear to have the grapple gun wrapped around his body, did Bats just shoot up into the air due to awesome overload?
** It was a hidden zipline. It's ''supposed'' to look like he literally flies straight up into the sky. It's like in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5wcxnUcgDw this clip]] from the Tim Burton movie. At about 1:34 it ''looks'' like Batman levitates down out of nowhere, and at 3:00 it ''looks'' like Batman steps off the edge of a building and then vanishes. We can't see a zipline or a grapple either time, but it's implied that that's what Batman was using.
** Later on in the movie, when Batman escapes from his first encounter with Dr. Crane, you can see him shoot the grappling gun then attach it to his waist before he lets it carry him up. Presumably, he did the same earlier.
*** The reason all of those tricks are used are because they're meant to play into Batman's tactics: ''appear'' as if you're doing something physically impossible and you scare the crap out of someone watching you do it. Theatricality and misdirection, as Ra's might say.
[[folder:The real identity of Liam Neeson's character]]
* Is Henri Ducard a false identity all along? Or did he just inherit the position after the original Ra's (as played by Ken Watanabe) died? The movie itself doesn't seem to point definitely to either option.
** The clear implication--or so it seems to me--is that in keeping with Nolan's semi-realistic depiction of the Batmanverse, there are no Lazarus pits or anything and "Ra's al-Ghul" is nothing in the first place but a centuries-long Scooby Doo hoax. If there ever was a real, original Ra's, he died a very long time ago. But the League keeps the legend of his immortality, power, and continued leadership going, always having a new guy, looking the same as the previous ones and the same age, posing as the same leader from the beginning, while TheDragon is always the [[DragonInChief real leader]], and in that sense insofar as there is a real Ra's Al-Ghul it is him. And this generation that secret leader was Henri Ducard.
*** But to answer your question, yes, it's implied that "Henri Ducard" was the real Ra's al-Ghul all along.
** The movie states definitively that Ra's is Ducard's true identity. Bruce says, in response to 'Is Ra's Al-Ghul immortal? Are his methods supernatural?', 'Or cheap parlour tricks to conceal your true identity, Ra's'.
** Regardless of whether Ra's is his real name or is just a code name and Ducard is his real name, he certainly has French roots given the name "Henri Ducard" is an obvious French name, plus, his daughter Talia in ''The Dark Knight Rises'' is played by French actress Marion Cotillard who speaks in her native accent for pretty much the entire movie both as Talia and when using the assumed name Miranda Tate.
[[folder:The ineffectiveness of the Scarecrow costume]]
* One thing that bugged me about Dr. Crane was his outfit. The mask is damn creepy, especially once you subject someone to the hallucinogen, but when the rest of your outfit consists of a suit and tie, [[NightmareRetardant it really doesn't work that well.]] I understand that he couldn't just change in the middle of a battle, but if he was anticipating using the mask and he wasn't in the hospital, like when he was burning down that apartment, he could have dressed in something that would fit.
** I think the idea is that, instead of having to take the time to make a quick change, this guy could turn into The Scarecrow ''at any moment''. It just takes two seconds to whip on a mask. Not much time to prepare for a sneak attack, especially if he gets you off your guard in the first place, as he did Batman.
*** Plus you get a nice BadassInANiceSuit thing going on. Makes him quirkier, I guess.
*** On top of that, Crane is a psychiatrist and his toxin causes a form of fear-related insanity. So it makes some sense that his outfit (scarecrow mask plus business suit) is weird and irrational.
** The idea is that he could be wearing anything: it's the mask that grabs your attention after you've been poisoned with fear toxin. It's the mask that becomes scary. It's the only part of the costume he needs.
** It's ineffective when you're a sober, sane person looking at this person from a position where you are completely in control of your faculties. When you're mentally unstable as a result of tripping balls on some godawful mix of hallucinogenic chemicals he's designed and dosed you with specifically to render you completely mad with terror, the effect is a lot more terrifying. He's initially just using it to torture and terrify people he's driving ''insane'', remember.
[[folder:How to keep Bruce out of the loop]]
* How is it that Bruce could receive all the training he did from the League of Shadows and hear absolutely nothing about their true intentions? Seems like part of his training would at the very least involve a ''bit'' of indoctrination in their philosophy. (To be fair, Ducard ''did'' mention the farmer he tried to have Bruce execute would face "justice" in a casual manner just reeking of "eye for an eye," and this also leads to FridgeBrilliance as to why they may have [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks renamed]] themselves from the League of Assassins. Still, though, what he was being asked to do really shouldn't have come as such a surprise to Bruce.)
** As for your question, I wonder myself. But as to the name of the league, I'm pretty sure that in the comics the League of Assassains is a ''division'' of the League of Shadows.
** Bruce is being indoctrinated into their beliefs, he just didn't realize how much they diverged from his own until they asked him to execute the criminal (and destroy Gotham, for that matter). Perhaps he may have even been willing to kill until he was confronted with the opportunity and realized it wasn't his way.
** Ducard alludes to the dark side of his philosophy when he says that criminals must be fought "without pity", and he heavily implies that he killed his wife's murderer. So maybe he just assumed Bruce was on the same page.
*** Even if he and Bruce were on the same page in regards to killing a single criminal, telling him he will be participating in the destruction of his home city and every man, woman and child in it...including, one suspects, everyone he ever knew and loved growing up...is the kind of thing you really have to work someone up to you. That requires some serious indoctrination, if not outright brainwashing, far beyond the casual assumption that he'll be up for it when the time comes.
** It's also possible that Ducard intentionally kept the darker stuff secret during Bruce's training. Perhaps that's just the way they do things. Or perhaps Ducard sensed that Bruce might quit if he learned about the execution stuff too early, so he figured they'd finish the training first, so that way Bruce would feel like "there is no turning back" by the time the darker stuff was revealed.
** Remember, Bruce ''did'' told Ducard he was perfectly willing to kill Joe Chill if he did get the chance when he was 22. So it's safe to assume Bruce was fine with it until actually confronted with the opportunity to dirty his own hands... and realized it was wrong. What Bruce refused to do should be an even bigger surprise to the League.
[[folder:Falcone wasn't burned alive?]]
* Spotlights like the Bat-Signal get quite hot when they're operating, right? Wouldn't Falcone suffer burns after being tied to the light like that?
** It takes time for them to get that hot, and even then, it's not hot enough to, say, steam up water when rain hits it. We don't know just how long Falcone was stuck on it.
*** Also, his layers of clothes would have insulated him from the worst of the heat for a while.
*** Also, Batman is probably willing to give Falcone a few burns, so long as they're not fatal. He is a crime lord, after all.
[[folder:Bruce's need to announce his return from the grave]]
* When Bruce Wayne came back to Gotham via plane, Alfred said he had Bruce declared dead beforehand. This brings up the question; did Bruce REALLY need to tell Gotham he was still alive? If he kept that a secret between himself and Alfred, wouldn't he have been able to take on the Batman identity WITHOUT having to live a double life?
** ''Alfred'' didn't; the board controlling Wayne Enterprises did. And he was clearly planning to use all of Wayne Enterprises's resources in his fight against crime. That sort of thing is a ''little'' easier if you have access to it, and thus, establishing Bruce Wayne is very much alive and well is pretty much necessary.
*** Couldn't Lucius still have given him access to it without having to publicly declare him to be alive though? Ok, that would make it a secret between Bruce, Alfred, and Lucius, but still...
*** Bruce only even meets Lucius Fox after he comes back. He and Alfred wouldn't have even considered it, because they weren't acquainted with him. Plus, if Bruce isn't publicly around, that just makes it harder for him to get access to the company assets. The part-owner diverting funds here and there is one thing, but if Bruce isn't "alive" then someone's going to notice.
*** Even if Alfred could arrange the two to meet and Lucius was willing to play along, he could only order all those fancy toys under Bruce Wayne's name, [[DeadpanSnarker which would be tough if Bruce were dead]].
** In addition to all of the above, Bruce needs to maintain ''some'' connection to the rest of the human race. Alfred probably insisted on it if nothing else.
*** Don't forget, this is Wayne Enterprises...his father's legacy. He tells everyone his mission is to rid Gotham of crime, but really it's to make sure no one suffers what he had to. By the end of the film, he's gotten over his brief emotional phase and is hanging onto his name and place in the world of honor and remember his father.
[[folder: You couldn't CutLexLuthorACheck?]]
* Bruce Wayne has access to all those WonderfulToys, and the means to design and manufacture them, yet instead of mass-producing them using CNC or laser cutting, he's cutting and grinding batarangs by hand?
** He's a guy who parades around dressed up like a bat who beats up criminals. You're asking him to be perfectly rational here? Not to mention that Batman does what he does for personal reasons; it would make sense if he wanted to personally cut and sharpen his batarangs.
** Also this is when he's just starting out. He may have been working on the design at that point and testing one of his prototypes. You need proper balance for a throwing weapon, so it'd make sense if he wanted to work the first few, at the least, by hand to get a feel for them.
*** They go to lengths showing that it would take two seperate, large orders to put Batman's cowl together - I imagine ordering about ten thousand pieces of metal shaped pre-cut to be shaped like a bat, of all things, would look rather suspicious when Batman gets known by the public.
[[folder:The location of the opera house]]
* Is anyone else bothered by the fact that the opera house seemed to be located in the slums?
** ''All'' of Gotham is the slums. Some parts are just slummier than others.
** Front of the opera house may have been really nice; the Waynes were leaving through a back door so as not to make so much commotion leaving. Also, if Thomas' thinking is similar to that of the comics, the alley way was a shortcut home.
** If Crime Alley is anything like it is in the comics, then it was originally a very ritzy neighbourhood. Also, it could be a very large opera house, therefore having a front entrance in a very respectable street.
** It wasn't necessarily a slum when the Gotham Opera House was built. Neighborhoods change.
** [[TruthInTelevision Cities are bipolar.]] You can be in the nicest neighborhood in any city, go two blocks north, and wind up in a trash heap neighborhood.
** Not all of this Gotham is a slum. Much of Gotham looks as clean as downtown Chicago.
[[folder:When Batman took up his moniker]]
* It always bothered me that Bruce seems to have named ''himself'' "Batman" during the Falcone fight. Especially since there's a perfect scene late in the film where Crane appears to ''coin'' the term, calling him "The Bat-Man" to his mooks. They could just have easily left out the name drop until this scene to show the last piece of the puzzle falling into place, so to speak.
** Well, as implied by Bruce's conversation with other wealthy socialites at the hotel restaurant, (ie. the lady who said "''I think the Batman deserves a medal''") the name "Batman" had probably been spread by the media and[=/=]or by word of mouth. So the name "Batman" came into prominent use long before Crane had used it, whether it originated from Batman's own words to Falcone or not.
** And it's arguably better that Batman names himself, rather than being named by one of his lesser-known villains.
[[folder:Mass producing the antidote]]
* Why would a vial of the antidote be useful for mass production? (As opposed to a chemical/amino acid structure or even better, detailed instructions for synthesis). Solving the structure of a compound isn't exactly trivial and neither is developing a synthesis from scratch. The only way a vial of something could be useful is if it were a starter culture of bacteria (or other cells) that would product the protein, but that would similarly require a purification method (again not trivial especially when one doesn't know what the antitoxin is. Plus, it's unlikely that cells would have survived in good condition for that long).
** Yeah...I'm chalking this one up to ViewersAreMorons. Procedural cop shows like CSI have tricked lots of people into thinking that you can take one tiny sample of something, run it through a spectro-whatcha-machine in a lab somewhere, and fart out a complete chemical analysis. That said, I don't think Batman expected a mass produced antidote overnight. There probably would be a long stretch of time when Batman has to work to keep the Narrows from exploding into violent chaos while the antidote is being manufactured. And the end of the movie implies there's been a timeskip.
** Doesn't Lucius state he did the legwork in making the antidote? Bruce also asks him to make more of it, after Lucius explains part of the process in making the antidote after Bruce is gassed by Crane. From that angle, Fox already understands what makes up the League/Crane's drug, and just has to make more antidote, which comes in conveniently handy at the film's end.
** I may be wrong, but I thought Lucius made the antidote from SCRATCH once Bruce had been gassed. Based on the substances in his blood. For all we know it just limits the violent reaction to the toxins while it runs its course.
** Possibly he handed over the formula along with the samples, and the vial designated "for mass production" was included so it could be ''tested'' and proven safe before the pharmacologists started cranking out more. It's not like Gotham officialdom trusts Batman to be any saner than the nutbars who unleashed the toxin, after all: they're not gonna start injecting people ''en masse'' with an unknown compound on some costumed vigilante's say-so.
[[folder: Targeting Gotham specifically]]
* Why do the League of Shadows care about a target as small as Gotham City? I know their mandate is to bring down places consumed by decadence and corruption, but Gotham is '''one city''' in the middle of a vast nation of nearly 300 million people. Are they just going to keep destroying every corrupt city on Earth one at a time until the only ones left are the good ones?
** Actually, Gotham City is supposed to be pretty big--possibly even taking the place of New York City in our real world (since after all the GCPD uses a paint job based on the NYPD, ''Gotham Post'' clearly is made to look like the ''New York Post'', etc.''). Effectively destroying such a large target would definitely send a message to the world.
*** Similar idea to Manga/DeathNote, where crime slows down after criminals start dying. Ra's plan isn't quite as precise, but you work with what you have, and what Ra's has is a [[ViceCity city with so many criminals]] it's [[MoreCriminalsThanTargets nearly illogical]].
*** Ra's spells out the plan in one of his monologues, and it's exactly the above. He wants to make an example out of Gotham City, a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah that's destroyed in such a nightmarish way that everyone else gets terrified into reform. And knowing him, he probably does have backup plans in place for other cities, just in case destroying Gotham alone doesn't get the point across.
*** ^^^ That only makes sense if the entire world knows the reason Gotham City was destroyed. If Ra's plan had worked the general public would never have known the League of Shadows did it. It would have looked like Gotham destroyed itself. Not much of a message.
*** I don't think it's exactly a state secret that Gotham is a corrupt craphole, especially before Batman arrives. The public doesn't need to know Gotham was destroyed by the League of Shadows as a lesson to everyone else, they just need to know Gotham burned to the ground because the corrupt politicians and cops let the criminals run rampant.
*** ^^ That's why the League didn't want to destroy Gotham by nuking her. With economics or the Fear Toxin it would look like Gotham destroyed herself, slow and painful.
** He's only ''starting'' in Gotham. He would probably do it to every city in the world if he felt he had to.
[[folder:Arkham definitely doesn't look like an asylum]]
* Why does Arkham Asylum look nothing like an asylum? There's a grand staircase in the foyer and a spiral staircase. Sure, Batman runs through a hallway past several cell doors with some crazies inside, but what about the rest?
** So from seeing one room, you're saying it looks "nothing like an asylum"?\\\
As I recall, in the main continuity at least, Arkham Asylum started out as a private residence and estate. The same's probably true here.
*** It's certainly not a mass-produced building, that's for sure. It's old, and possibly repurposed. Seems like a perfectly functional asylum to me, and not even the typical BedlamHouse it's usually shown as.
**** This. A lot of old hospitals are built with gorgeous architecture and then reused for other purposes.
***** Arkham Asylum was previously the residence of the Arkham family. Later, after the murder of his wife and daughter, Amadeus Arkham converted it to an insane asylum. Later, he succumbed to his own mental illness, which may have helped to shape it into the Arkham we know today.
[[folder:The League's role in historical events]]
* A rather small issue, but Ducard/Ra's claims that the League of Shadows is responsible for the Great Fire of London. The Great Fire hardly qualifies as the fall of a corrupt metropolis. The city rose from its ashes rather quickly, and developed into the most important city in the world over the course of the eighteenth century. And London in the 1660s may have been overpopulated, filthy and a huge pile of kindling, but it wasn't particularly corrupt. Other European capitols were at least as bad. Burning the city of London to the ground just doesn't seem like the sort of thing Ra's ought to be bragging about. It backfired quite spectacularly.
** I suspect this is a misinterpretation. The League of Shadows don't necessarily want to destroy everything. They want to wipe the slate clean so that something better can arise. Maybe 17th century London's problem, in their eyes, *was* overcrowding? So, a great fire, half the city burns down. . . and then rises to new greater heights. Granted, this opens all kinds of questions as to what, exactly, inspires the League to action. . .
*** Seconded, and this might veer a bit into fridge brilliance but one of the key things that helped London rise from the ashes into the defactor primate city of *the world* WAS the fact that the fire destroyed the rat-filled slums of the city which were the driving force behind seasonal resurrections of the Black Plague.
**** Its also worth considering that at the time of the Fire, England was in the middle of the [[RestorationComedy Restoration]] period, which is often considered one of the most hedonistic periods of English history. The King at the time, Charles II had [[ReallyGetsAround at least 8 mistresses]], meaning the League may well have concluded England had reached the 'pinnacle of its decadence' as Ra's put it. Alternatively, and this is getting into WMG territory, since the decadence of the Restoration is often considered a reaction to the puritanism of the English Republic under OliverCromwell, maybe the League had a role in his victory in the EnglishCivilWar, hoping that Cromwell's new republic would provide an example of 'how man was meant to live', given Cromwell's similar KnightTemplar behaviour. Then when in 1660 Charles II was invited to take back the throne, the 17th century Ra's Al Ghul may well have decided England was beyond saving, and decided to [[KillItWithFire make an example of its capital]].
[[folder:Stealth mode throws the police off?]]
* During the car chase, when the Tumbler goes into stealth mode, how did the police lose it so easily? You can literally see the Tumbler slow down to get out of the spotlight, but the spotlight never sweeps back.
** The implication from the "test drive" is that the Tumbler's very maneuverable, which would include sudden speed drops. And possibly the police were relying on FLIR or something like it to track the vehicle, which one presumes the Tumbler's built to defeat when it goes to stealth.
* So there's an active microwave emiter that's instantly vaporizing water buried underground, in metal pipes, as it passes. And why does it not instantly kill Batman and all the League Members standing all around it, including directly in front of it, by instantly evaporating all the water in their bodies?
** The microwave emitter was designed not to vaporize water inside living organisms. Considering how the weapon was produced for desert warfare, specifically ''only'' to vaporize the enemy's water supply, the scientists and engineers who created the emitter probably took this into account.
** That's something of a Handwave. You can't make microwaves that can magically tell the difference between water in living organisms and not. There's also the major issue that metal absorbs microwaves massively (which is why you don't put it in your microwave oven) so any metal near the weapon, such as half of Batman's kit, would probably become red-hot (and might arc) from the amount of radiation that thing must have been chucking out.
** It's also, to be fair, still a superhero action movie. A superhero movie that tries to play things a bit more down-to-earth, perhaps, but a superhero action movie nonetheless. Crazy superweapons that shouldn't work but somehow do are not uncommon in either genre. At some point, you have to chalk it up to WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief that it has some kind of wing-doodle in it (possibly designed by those fine folks at Lexcorp or something) or that manages to prevent prevent water within living beings from vapourising as well.
[[folder:Bats at Arkh]]
* I know it's probably Rule of Cool or something similar, and fairly minor, but why do the bats fly through the windows into the asylum? this would make sense if they were birds (who fly into windows on a regular basis) but bats don't use their eyes to find their way around. They use sound. So they would "see" them and avoid them altogether.
[[folder:A kid is not scared by fear toxin?]]
* How come Gordon's son, while under the effects of the fear toxin, wasn't scared of Batman or Rachel? Everyone else on the fear toxin saw Batman as this demonic flying bat, and there's no reason why it wouldn't make Rachel look freaky to everyone as well. And on that subject, how come Rachel didn't see Batman as a big demonic creature when she was poisoned earlier in the movie?
** That's not Gordon's son... it was shown that the kid was still hyperventilating after being rescue, so it's possible he was afraid but tried not to show it. And we never saw Rachel's POV of the Batman earlier in the movie.
** It is Gordon's son. He even mentions how Batman returned when he promised he would the first time he met him. And he wouldn't have the ability to try not to show fear because the toxin turns you irrational. Everyone else under it turned into a shrieking crazy.
** It's not Gordon's son. It's the boy that Batman encountered earlier in the movie, whose parents were yelling at him from inside the house. No connection to Gordon.
** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint It isn't Gordon's son]]. They're both played by different actors, and [=IMDb=] credits him as "Little Boy". That's Brendan Gleason, AKA the kid who went onto play Joffrey on ''Series/GameOfThrones''. I think it would have been noticed if he played someone as important as Gordon's son.
** The fear toxin works on different people in different ways, as demonstrated by Batman hallucinating bats instead of seeing Scarecrow as a monster. Maybe, since he had already saved her once before she was gassed, Batman's appearance wasn't affected by the fear toxin's influence in Rachel's eyes.
*** When Fox cured Bruce after his gassing, he said that the cure also inoculates them from further attacks. So Rachel would have not been affected a second time.
*** I was referring to the first time Rachel was poisoned. Then she should have been pretty terrified to be in a car with a freaky man bat.
** Presumably the toxin makes existing fears ''worse'', rather than throwing them up from scratch. The boy already regarded Batman as a hero, not a threat or a mystery, so the toxin didn't have any dread to ramp up when the kid encountered him again.
[[folder:Why not take the antidote earlier?]]
* Why didn't Batman take the antidote with him, when he went to face Scarecrow? It would have given him a serious advantage over Crane.
** Which time?
** The antidote samples had not been prepared when he left, as is suggested by Alfred's note when Bruce returns to the cave with Rachel.
* What was the point of the "problem with the graphite" scene? It's never an issue, Batman doesn't hit his head or break a mask and far as I can remember they never say anything about the new shipment.
** Probably just as a joke, and to illustrate the complications with trying to be Batman.
** Man oh man this did one become ironic with ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''...
* Ra's and his men activate the microwave emitter and begin vaporizing the city's water, releasing fear toxin into the air. Then they put on rebreathers. Shouldn't they have done that in reverse order?
** Maybe, it's a slow acting toxin that takes a while before you can ingest it through the lungs?
** Ra's and the others have been taking small doses of the fear toxin during their League of Shadows training. Possibly, they might have built up some small immunity.
* In the scene before Batman lifts up Flass with his grapple gun and interrogates him, Flass is very blatantly stealing from a hot dog vendor. Batman is obviously watching him do this as he immediately lifts him up afterwards. If Batman is such a crimefighter, why didn't he make Flass give back the money. It would've taken him two seconds to do so.
** Possibly he figured Flass might take out his frustrations by giving the hot dog vendor even ''more'' of a hard time, next time he ran into the guy and was sure Batman wasn't around. The risk of displaced retaliation against an innocent was far most costly than the value of what Flass stole.
** Plus if nothing else, even if Batman didn't bring it up directly you can bet Flass is probably going to be just a little bit wary of throwing his weight around towards that particular vendor given what happened to him last time. If nothing else, he now knows that Batman knows it's a place he frequents and if he observes him anywhere it's likely to be there.
* I'll admit that it's been a while since I've seen the movie, but didn't Ra's complain to Bruce about being left for dead? I was pretty sure that Bruce risked his life to save Ra's, and then carried him to that village and left him in the care of some old lady. I can understand being pissed that his house burned down, but I'd hardly call being left in the care of an old lady "left for dead." But then did the old lady not tell Ra's that some weird white guy left him there, or did Bruce not bother to tell her anything? Please correct me if I got some stuff wrong, but that always bothered me when I watched it.
** I don't recall that at all. In fact, I'm pretty sure Ra's knew Bruce had saved his life, based on these lines.
-->'''Bruce''': I saved your life.
-->'''Ra's''': I warned you about compassion.
** I suspect that Ra's's reasoning went something like: A) Bruce Wayne believed Ra's al-Ghul was dead when he left League headquarters. B) I am Ra's al-Ghul. C) Bruce Wayne therefore effectively left me for dead, instead choosing to save one of Ra's's minions. The fact that the minion in question was actually Ra's does not make up for Wayne's choices.
[[folder:Doc, you didn't think to immunize yourself against your own medicine]]
* Why didn't Dr. Crane think to immunize himself to his own poison? Given that he uses it by spraying it into the air, he must have breathed it in by accident a few times. And given that he apparently created or at least weaponised it himself (degree in pharmachemicals), he should be able to create an antidote. what makes this weird is that Ducard wears a mask, suggesting that ''no one'' in the League thought that immunising themselves to their own weapons using a chemical that Fox cooked up in two days rather than relying on masks was a good idea.
** The Scarecrow mask has a built-in gas mask.
** Dr. Crane could certainly have developed an antidote easily, but being a bit of a nut as he is, I'm pretty sure he ''wouldn't want to.'' The League would probably like the idea of a chemical weapon with no cure; and Crane certainly wouldn't want to chance people getting their hands on his antidote and curing all his beloved fear. Even if Ra's asked to have an antidote available, Crane would probably tell him none could be made. As for why he doesn't even immunize himself: Crane is nuts. He probably tests out the gas on himself, and may even ''like'' its effects. Why would he want to ruin that?
*** He's probably exposed himself to the gas enough times by the time of ''The Dark Knight'' that he's developed an immunity to the stuff naturally.
** OP: And the League just took his word for it? Nobody thought to take it to some other, preferably more sane pharmacist (or several, even) who likes money a lot (not hard to find in a city that is in their own words so corrupt that they could infiltrate every level of government), and say 'Here, make an antidote'? Even if Lucius is some sort of superchemist, it isn't like the League was in a rush - he had two days, whereas they have the resources to wait weeks.
*** Maybe the League members were immunized and the masks were just as an added precaution. Crane probably didn't think he'd ever need an antidote.
**** If they had really wanted an antidote, they could have had one. I just don't think it's one of the things they would have particularly worried about. The gas masks worked just fine; it's not like the toxin was instantly fatal (and Ra's probably wouldn't care too much if his [[WhatMeasureIsAMook minions]] were exposed anyway); and no cure in existence means no chance of the plan failing due to the cure recipe leaking.
** As I understand it (and I don't pretend to be an expert), immunisation isn't a magic cure-all process and has it's limits. You might be able to, say, drink small amounts of arsenic and develop some tolerance for it, but you wouldn't suddenly be able to make yourself arsenic martinis and drink gallons of the stuff with no ill effects whatsoever. It's still a lethal poison, and there's no such thing as complete immunity towards it. Even if Crane had an antidote at hand or had been giving himself small doses of fear gas to immunise himself, he literally had a huge cloud of the stuff sprayed right in his face; that's bound to have ''some'' effects.
* Is there something about William Earle (the original CEO of Wayne Enterprises) that we're not supposed to like? He takes the company public, which is different from what Thomas Wayne would have wanted, but I don't see anything particularly immoral about that. He got a KickTheDog moment by being kinda smarmy while firing Fox but that's about it. He doesn't seem corrupt, destructive, or irresponsible. So why are we supposed to be happy that he gets fired and replaced with Fox?
** If I recall correctly, he tells young Bruce that his company 'will be waiting for him,' then turns and tries to seize it by declaring Bruce dead. He also shifts the focus of Bruce Wayne's company to military weapons like that microwave thing Ra's stole, exactly the opposite of what Thomas Wayne would have wanted (note that all of Lucius' defensive and constructive inventions, like the Batsuit and the Tumbler, have been shelved). Plus he was just a SmugSnake who picked on Fox for no good reason.
** Didn't anyone else notice the HUGE firing offense that is destroying the paper trail and covering the tracks of the League of Shadows in order to spare his company any possible liability? Earle must have known that the emitter was a terrorist weapon (Lucius calls him on it) and instead of warning the law he covered it up! Even if you might think that he is portrayed unsympathetically before that he is definitely accomplice after the fact to one of the worst WMD terrorist attacks ever by the end of the film. He was definitely deserving of more than his quiet firing at the end of the movie, it's a surprise Fox isn't handing Earle over to the FBI. Filing the serial numbers off WMDs is a pretty serious lapse in ethics.
*** Good reason to fire Earle first and report him to the authorities the morning after then. It'd be really bad PR for Wayne Enterprises to have an executive dragged off in handcuffs and have it in the paper that a Wayne Enterprises CEO was being arrested of terrorism charges. Far better and a lot easier for the headlines to be "Former Wayne Enterprises Executive Was Arrested... etc". Especially since Bruce burning down his own house was its own PR disaster and would have to be weathered with him retaking the reins of the business.
[[folder:Invoke an economic collapse]]
* Ra's says that the League's original plan was to destroy Gotham by causing an economic depression... How? What exactly was a group of ninjas doing to screw with the city's economy? How long had they been at this? What was their endgame with it, exactly?
** Seeing that only a few lines were dedicated to this, we don't know the specifics, we can only guess. Presumably the League planted its men in important businesses to make terrible economic decisions and so bring about collapse. Their goal? The high crime in Gotham turns against itself when the food becomes scarce, the decent people move out, and the rich lose when there's no poor left to support them.
** Yeah, about that...the League's plan was to destroy a corrupt city by making it ''more'' corrupt, and then when it starts to straighten itself out, the League destroys it by ''fear'' instead? Instead of, say, killing everyone in the city in one stroke with a poison, you'll just end up with a large mess.
** The plan wasn't to destroy Gotham--it was to make Gotham destroy ''itself''. The point was to teach a lesson to the rest of the world, that lesson being, "If you don't do something about corruption, this shit will happen to you, now shape up."
* We see that the Batcave has a live bat colony living in it. Wouldn't Bruce's work in it be terribly disruptive to them? Bats, if woken up from their sleep, can risk death due to stress and rapid weight loss. [[FridgeHorror And we never see the bats again after he starts building inside the cave]]...
** Bruce isn't an animal rights activist. He certainly wouldn't want live bats in his cave, though, because they could crap on his equipment and carry diseases. If it helps you, assume he humanely and harmlessly moved them to a different cave.
** And, as you can see when Rachel wakes up, the bats DIDN'T leave. Not really sure why, just putting it out there.
** Dude calls his alter ego ''Bat''man. Bats are kind of his motif. It's RuleOfSymbolism.
* Rachel's non-reaction to Bruce's return. When they last saw one another, Bruce had a gun and was in a bad enough mental state that he intended to use it to kill a man. Rachel slapped him (twice!), told him his parents would be ashamed of him, and left him in a rough part of town, literally on the doorstep of Gotham's biggest mob boss, with ''explicit instructions'' to go inside and confront Falcone. Bruce wasn't seen again for seven years. Rachel should have been '''devastated''' by her part in her best friend's apparent death, but when she finds out he's alive she neither calls nor visits. When they do see each other it's a chance encounter at a hotel, and she has nothing to say outside idle chit-chat and an admonition to be more responsible.
[[folder:Are the police suicidal]]
* In real life, wouldn't the Gotham City Police Department call off the car chase the moment Bruce took out some of their cars with caltrops? Or even not pursue at all given how the chase started with him crushing a police car?
** They're the ''police''. They don't get to decide who they pursue or not; for all they know, this guy's headed to attack a preschool next or a church or something. For a real-life example, watch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnUoUKEIGoo this footage]] of some guy who stole a tank and went on a rampage a few years back. One of the things you'll notice is a lot of police cars chasing him despite the obvious risks involved (albeit from a much safer distance, but then, well, this is still an action movie we're talking about). Because, you know, people recklessly driving massive armoured vehicles through the streets and leaving a swathe of destruction in their path is kind of the sort of thing they have to address, even if they don't want to. I know this is Gotham and it doesn't exactly have a police department with a great reputation, but even a corrupt police department in thrall to the local crime boss nevertheless probably realises that some vigilante driving a tank through the streets is probably something they shouldn't just sit back and allow without a token effort at least.