Originally Posted by Elevator Man
Count me in with those who aren't a fan of the ending of TDKRises. Even though I understood why Nolan chose to end it that way, which makes sense in the context of that whole trilogy. Plus the ending would've worked better if they hadn't killed Rachel in TDK. And having Bruce spend the rest of his life with her instead of Selina. Afterall at the end of Rises the day has come for Bruce to no longer need Batman so he and Rachel could be together. But apparantly it still does since Blake is taking over. I still wouldn't have been a fan if it went that way either, b/c I see Batman/Bruce as a tragic character. A happily ever after ending for Bruce isn't my cup of tea. Plus crime could erupt anytime in Gotham. As long as there's good there's also evil. Idk how Bruce believes Gotham's in good hands with Blake in charge. A cop without none of Bruce's training, intellect, and skills isn't enough, imo. I'd rather it ended differently without having Bruce retire twice. But it is what it is.
I think the fact that Rachel was dead made the TDKR ending better. The fact that he is able to start anew with Selina signifies that he's moved on from Rachel and can put the past behind him.
If he lived happily ever after with Rachel it'd be a bit too sugary for Batman. The fact that Rachel never lives to see the day that Bruce is able to walk away from the cowl gives the overall story a nice bittersweet touch. I think you need the sadness of Rachel's death in the middle of the story to help the happy ending feel a bit more earned.