Originally Posted by jmc
The reveal also worked because there was an emotional investment in Ra's via Bruce, the two of them spend a good half an hour bonding in the movie in a classic mentor/student way. When the reveal happens Bruce isn't just taking on the real villain, he's taking on the very man who trained him and who helped shaped his future.
which to me was another sign that something was up...Mandarin only appeared in little more than a handful of scenes before the reveal.
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