Warning: If you haven't seen The Dark Knight Rises as yet, stop. Find out where the movie is playing closest to you. Call them up and ask for availability of tickets. And then take a flight to Mumbai and watch the movie on the IMAX screen. Major spoilers follow.
Last night, I laughed, exclaimed, gleed in delight and wept (manly) tears as Nolan gave us an extremely satisfying (Epic, Indeed) conclusion to The Dark Knight Rises.
While I agree that everyone is entitled to an opinion on if the movie was a fitting finale to the trilogy, what I find difficult is to accept 'The Critics' cry their throats hoarse over plot holes in the movie.
Now you might accuse me of being a Nolan Fanboi, but here is something that you should understand:
Plot holes. Don't. Happen. In. A. Nolan. Movie.
Or, to bastardize a phrase bandied about in the trilogy: "I believe in Nolan".
Now I would like to proceed to tear these 'Critics' a new one, with your permission, of course.
Please understand that the explanations are my opinions, and Nolan would have (most likely) had something completely different up his mind when it comes to the following scenes.
1) How did Batman survive the Nuclear Blast?
Science, bitchez. It wasn't a nuclear fission blast in which radioactive components are released. The reactor from which the core was taken out was one that operated on a fusion reaction. Even if a fusion reaction goes horribly wrong, the worst case is that it could release enough heat to rival the sun. None of those radiation sickness that follows a fission bomb. Read it up on wikipedia sometime, the information will boggle your petty minds.
2) Why does the Batman need to stage his own death?
Before I answer this question, I need to answer another one, as the answers are related.
3) Why does the Batman have to stage a pyrotechnic display? Couldn't he have used his time for something better?
Answer to both questions: The Batman's dress code is 'Black, Skin hugging, Armor', for a reason. And no the reason isn't A) because that's his kink, or B) because he lost a couple of fancy dress competitions in his adolescence. The reason quite simply is that such an outfit, makes him more than an individual: A Symbol. And symbols are powerful things. They can drive hate (think Burning Crosses), they could create joy (Clowns, sometimes) or they could drive fear (Batman). One thing that Nolan had clearly depicted was the drop in morale of Gotham's finest. The final battle was one that the Batman couldn't have won alone (All of Alfred's talk around this finally sunk into the kevlar helmet, but only after Bane did the honors of breaking the Batman's back). Towards this, he needed the full strength of Gotham's finest. And if he had to spend some time announcing his return, then goddamn it, that is time well spent.
As for the specific answer to question number two: Alfred's repeated insistence that Bruce Wayne couldn't go on wearing the cape as if he was a young cadet from the League of Shadows would have been the most obvious motivation for Bruce Wayne/ Batman to fake his death, and hang up his cape. Also, nothing like death to get people singing praises of an individual, never mind Shakespeare's opinion on the longevity of the evil that men do. The theme of TDKR has been Rise, and very clearly there would have been no better opportunity for the Fallen Dark Knight (Which he was at the end of TDKR) to redeem himself, to Rise.
4) How the fuck does Batman travel from Jodhpur to Gotham?
A) No one said it is fucking Jodhpur. It is just a place in 'another part of the world'. Could be the Grand Canyon for all you know.
B) As has been seen how the Batman painlessly extracts the accountant guy from a fucking police state (In The Dark Knight), I am assuming he still knows a few guys who owes him a favor. Also, as Selina mentions, when the rich goes broke, they don't go broke all the way.
Also, entering the city shouldn't be a problem for him as he is the guy who has probably figured out every nook and cranny in the city. Remember what Ra's Ul Ghul told him about mastering his environment. I am assuming kicking ass in Gotham would have been easier if he had figured out quick and easy insertion/extraction points.
5) They show cuts of the Batman piloting the Bat right until the moment the bomb goes off. Either he had to jump off in the sea, which would have been visible, or he is dead.
A) Wrong. This is an interesting notion that I am, ahem, borrowing from reddit (Can't find the thread), as the last scene is an intercut of the kids looking at the Bat, of Det. Blake looking at the Bat, and the cut has been clearly made from the perspective of these individuals. If the Batman would have ejected from the Bat earlier, then this wouldn't have been visible to Det. Blake and the kids. They would have assumed that the Bat was being piloted by the Dark Knight, and would have mentally pictured him flying away to his doom. An Unreliable witness is the only plot hole that Nolan is guilty of here.
6) Bruce Wayne's back. I would love to have those regenerative powers.
This is a tricky one. Let us for one second, assume that the pit that Nolan is thrown in, is actually the Lazarus Pit. Now the Lazarus Pit is special because it has powers to bring back the dead to life (Hence, Lazarus). Does this tie up the loose end nicely? I appreciate Nolan for his creative liberty with this one, because he didn't make the Lazarus pit something in which you lie around waiting to get healed. You have to actively take part in your healing, and literally Rise from the dead. Gave me goosebumps thinking about this one. Just because Nolan grounded the series, doesn't imply that there is no scope for the mythology of the Batman Universe
7) How did the bikes get into the stock exchange?
Now we are just getting petty. It has clearly been established that wherever there is an access to underground facilities, it is just waiting to become Bane's Bitch. If you don't agree, please let me know what they do with the crap from stock exchanges (No, not the financial crap, the real crap).
8) How did The Bat get in the Alley?
Well, Batman owns the night. I think it is quite possible that he could have stowed it away where he felt he could reach in case he got into trouble
9) Where did the famed security at Applied Sciences go?
Yes. Because we suddenly switched movies and went into Mission Impossible, where even a drop of sweat could trigger a damn alarm. Also, how hard is it to believe that for someone with full access to the utilities system of a city, knocking down an alarm system is complex?
I intend to continue this thread, and intend to tear apart these so called 'Critics'. I laugh at your lame attempts at driving traffic to your petty blogs by pimping a contrarian view, that is, to put it nicely, Bullshit.
When logic has ripped a new hole for you, you will have my permission to be ridiculed.
P.S. If you want a plot hole, here is one: Bruce Wayne clearly runs his hand over the scar which identifies Miranda as a fellow student of the League of Shadows. Why then did he not figure this out? Could this be a classic case of blood pumping into the wrong head? :P I know this plot hole would contradict my initial statement, but I am sure there is an edited scene out there that explains this (Fingers crossed)