Re: The Dark Knight Rises Wallpaper & Gifs/Avvy Thread II - Part 2
Nolan said it very clearly
"To me, for that mission to succeed, it has to end, so this is the ending for me, and as I say, the open-ended elements are all to do with the thematic idea that Batman was not important as a man, he's more than that. He's a symbol, and the symbol lives on"
The movie ends with Batman (like the other two). Blake is just a manifestation of something much bigger.