Originally Posted by Anno_Domini
Bruce Wayne is alive.
The idea of showing the time going down while Batman was still in the cockpit, imo, was just to make the viewer believe Batman couldn't have survived, but he turned the auto pilot on and only made it seem as if Batman sacrificed his life. Bruce moved on and passed the mantle down to Robin John Blake.
The ending was definitely nothing like Inception.
thx anno! so you think that shot was inserted for dramatic response?