Superhero adaptations have so much rich content to pull from that it is quite impossible to showcase every little detail from their lore in film. Thus is why it is extra special for fans that spot the little Easter Eggs throughout the films – much like how Pixar does theirs. This holds true especially for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Bob Kane created Batman in 1939. How much history from The Batman was Nolan able to squeeze into The Dark Knight Rises? READERS BEWARE: spoilers lie ahead!
First off, the most obvious easter egg was when Commissioner Gordon was lying in his hospital bed and mentions “giant alligators” in the sewers, which infers to the famous Batman villain Killer Croc.
At the stadium scene, right before the destruction, there is a symbol in the audience that may be recognizable to diehard Robin fans. Christopher Nolan had asked 10,000 extras to partake in this scene within Heinz Stadium and when this fan brought in a prop with the iconic Robin “R,” he allowed it to be kept in the film.
When Batman is chasing after Bane after the stock exchange robbery an older policeman tells his younger partner to, “sit back, you’re in for a show.” This is almost a direct quote from The Dark Knight Returns.
The filmmakers used inspiration from the following comics: The Dark Knight Returns, Knightfall, and No Man’s Land.
According to one Redditor, he noticed that within the scene where John Blake first meets Bruce Wayne, if you look closely you would have noticed two things from the 1960s Batman series: the red Batphone and a bronze head (concealed a button that had access to the Batpole down to the Batcave). (Reddit)
Characters play a big part of the Batman Universe. One of the lacky antagonists known as Roland Daggett, President of Daggett Industries, is the creator of Renuyu. This rejuvenation product is responsible for turning Basil Karlo into Clayface, one of Batman’s most dangerous villains.
As a disguise before the stock market scene, Bane is shown wearing a red helmet and biker gear in reference to Batman villain, The Red Hood.
During the police chase scene after the bar shootout with Selina Kyle and the Roland Daggett’s men, there is a sniper shooting from a fire escape. This has been assumed to be Deadshot by many, but the character appears multiple times throughout the film as Barsad. John Barsad is the name of a character in The Tale of Two Cities.
The pit that Talia climbs out of can loosely be assumed as Nolan’s version of Ra’s Al Ghul’s Lazarus Pits.
NOT SO MUCH EASTER EGGS, BUT FUN COINCIDENCES:
Another Redditor loves his music so much that he noticed during the charity ballroom scene with Bruce, Miranda Tate, and Selina Kyle, the song that was being played is entitled, “Pavane pour une Infante Defunte” by Maurice Ravel. Translated, this song is called “Pavane for a Dead Princess,” foreshadowing the coming of Talia Al Ghul. (Reddit)
When Bruce and Lucius walk among their toys, Bruce says “Now you’re just showing off,” which is kind of funny because Jim Carrey says the same thing to Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty.
The Dark Knight Rises has much literary connection to The Tale of Two Cities. (A great explanation can be found at Slate.com)
And of course, at the end, when Batman is fleeing the city with a bomb to avoid Gotham casualties, we are reminded of Adam West’s heroics as Batman. (I won’t think of the end scene in any other fashion from here on out.)
So what are you waiting for, go see The Dark Knight Rises again and look for these Easter Eggs and more!
That’s all I got for now folks. Did you catch anything I may have missed?