When I rewatch the films, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, they are so near-perfect that I get a little choked up that they aren't absolutely perfect. I like to believe a few things that weren't shown on screen to help me enjoy the series as a whole.
1. Batman's first appearance was in 2002, Two-Face first appears in 2004. Bane attacks in 2012. Bruce Wayne is nearly 40.
2. Ras Al Ghul may have been killed by the subway crash, but he was brought to the Lazarus Pits by the League of Shadow and resurrected.
3. Between BB and TDK Batman rounds up many of the Arkham escapees. Including Victor Zsasz, Mad Hatter and Black Mask.
4. Two-Face was not killed by the fall. The same fall that didn't kill Batman. He was just unconscious and brought to a secure wing at Arkham where his identity is secure from the public and even Jim Gordon. Bruce Wayne funds this secure wing and pays off the employees there.
5. Joker is in the same secure wing at Arkham during the events of TDKR. His primary care psychiatrist is Dr. Harleen Quinzel.
6. Batman is not actually retired between TDK and TDKR, but fighting crime in secret. Alfred and Lucius don't know, Gordon may or may not suspect. The police and general public don't know about ALL the crime that happens in the city. In secret, he takes on his more underground foes.
a.) Falcone and Maroni are behind bars or otherwise incapacitated, and the Dent Act is preventing virtually any organized crime in Gotham. Oswald Cobblepot is the only man insane enough to attempt relaunching the mob. The winter after Batman's disappearance he hires Victor Fries to locate and assassinate the Batman in exchange for the funding he needs to pay for his wife's medical bills.
b.) Only a few years after The Joker's capture, a man by the name of Edward Nigma decides to follow in his footsteps and have a little fun with Batman, leaving him riddles to save an innocent woman named Pamela Eisley from certain death. Batman narrowly saves the day and discovers Poison Ivy is not as innocent as she seems.
c.) Batman tracks down the mad scientist Dr. Hugo Strange and his mindless monster Killer Croc. Croc, a man twisted by his physical deformities and violently dangerous due to chemical experimentation, brutally damages Batman's leg in battle.
7. Bane is not killed by Catwoman on the Batpod, his armor and physical flawlessness barely save his life. Him and Scarecrow are taken to the same secure wing as Joker and Two-Face.
8. Talia Al Ghul was killed in the final chase sequence of TDKR, but Ras comes out of hiding and resurrects her using the Lazarus Pits.
9. John Blake (born Robin Richard Grayson) imagines his parents were famous circus performers, but actually didn't know them. He becomes Nightwing and not "Batman." He goes on to continue battling Batman's rogues gallery, when, after Wayne Enterprises goes bankrupt, Arkham's secure wing loses funding. Dr. Harleen Quinzel, now obsessed with The Joker, assists in his release, who in turn releases the entire Asylum.
10. The events of Man of Steel take place shortly after Batman's actual retirement. Bruce believes Superman's appearance will be enough to finally inspire the world. Subsequently the real Batman is called upon to help save the world.
One of the major things that bugs me (as you can probably tell) is that Batman kills so many villains. Even if accidentally. I'm just glad that Nolan made each of these things slightly
ambiguous enough for me to use my imagination.
Anyone else take part in this method of self-delusion?