Originally Posted by Anno_Domini
Saying time continuity is irrelevant is really making it less important than it should be, imo.
I think looking at story-telling from a more classical , and very conservative point of view , you may be right. But in this sort of movie series , especially the way Nolan writes his stories and his structures , i dont necessarily agree. Im not talking about the kids. That's a huge blunder. Im talking about how time elapses in the movie , how he details his progress. Stuff happens without we knowing exactly the window of time. We have clues , but nothing definitive or substantial to the story. Because its unnecessary (maybe a better word than irrelevant )
Originally Posted by BlueLightning
Nolan did develop events in those time intervals, and he leaves enough clues for such events and to set things up. For example on TDKR , the choice of 8 years serves to get us to that moment of Bruce's life and the consequences of his acts. But there is also state what happened in that interval. Bruce heals physically (to an extent, remember the tremendous beating he took on the previous film), the truth of Harvey Dent being uncovered leads to him being hailed as a hero and Batman as a wanted criminal, the consequential Dent Act gives the police the tools to erradicate organized crime and renders Batman without a purpose. Bruce decides to put his mind on the energy project (attracting Miranda Tate's attention), later he finds out that the project is too dangerous, that failure is the last straw and recluses himself in the mansion. That information is shown to the viewer on the context of TDKR.
Same between Begins and TDK: Batman is taking down the mob with aid of Liutenant Gordon and hunting down the remaining Arkham inmates that were set free, also giving the remaining population the antidote for the fear toxin. The Joker begins his rise to power, Harvey Dent is elected district attorney, Bruce Wayne moves to the city. Batman's actions lead the mob to the breaking point. This is shown to the viewer on the context of TDK and elaborated more on the viral marketing.
There are other details that I like too, like the reconstruction of the monorail.
Yes , but you said it right . We know time passed and what happened. But we specifically dont know when it happened. Only the Miranda dialogue clearly tells us something more precise (the importance being differentiating Batman's disappearing and Bruce's exile) . But that's just the way these movies treat time. Its very elastic. That's why there's always doubts concerning the time that elapsed. Nothing that wouldn't be easy to put in the movie. But he his purposefully diffuse.