Re: The Joker sized elephant in the room
I'm thinking we will hear something, but it will be more along the lines of a press conference/news report where Gordon (or a newscaster) mentions that the streets are safe, Joker has been locked away in Arkham, & the police are on the trail of Batman. The false sense of security leads to Bane tearing the city apart.
Personally, I'd prefer it if we got more than just that, but with Heath passing I think they'll just skirt it. While, having Joker escape at the end might seem trite or corny, the idea that the quest will always continue should be there in some way. I do not see WB allowing Nolan to close up shop. No dead Batman, no retired Batman, nothing like that. The Dark Knight Rises,I take that as meaning he will be in full force at the end.