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Best robot ever? Bishop from Aliens is up there... But wouldn't he be a cyborg? Doh! 
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+Lynsey Patina Parker Bishop had artifical intelligence and he was a cyborg or artificial person. 
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hydrophobic sand begins as normal looking sand, until it's coated with a substance that repels water. :)  This coating keeps the sand dry even after it is dumped into a container of water.  

The sand video explains more ► Magic Sand - Sand that is Always Dry! Science is like magic  :)

Science will allow us to bring what is thought of as sci-fi or magic into the real day to day, things like curing aging, telepathy, teleportation, shapeshifting, physical immortality, world peace as explained in the tech-filled videos below (some feature the Google Director of Engineering). Science allows for a lot of artistic expression and can be very fun and helpful for humanity, that's why I hope more people will major in science and engineering.  :)  

FUTURISTIC SCIENCE AND TECH VIDEOS



SHAPESHIFTING

Shapeshifting matter means a tablet will change into an anti-gravity flying belt & we'll overcome the tendency to look at outward appearance - looking instead at Compassionate Intelligence. :) We won't recognize people by their shape, form, gender, height, skin color, which all will be fluid and changeable, but by their kindness & IQ. :)  Here is a shapeshifting gadgets 3 minute video ► Intel Claytronics (Programmable Matter) - DARPA from Intel.  What is more amazing is when we can re-assemble subatomic particles some day, so that we take air, water or anything solid and shapeshift it into any material object or even nutrients in our bloodstream (eliminating the need to eat and fixing all molecular damage, curing all dis-eases, making us ☺☻♥Shimmering Immortals♥☻☺). We will then be able to 'materialize' things out of thin air. :) We will be able to shift our form :), much more than the octopus in this 1 min video: Shapeshifting Octopus, amazing camouflage

TELEPATHY

NANOYOU PART 5 - The Nano Future is a 2 min video about a nanoconcept of human-human telepathy using physical technology, tiny robots that swim in our blood or brain.  Using the same idea, in the future, holographic computers, made of light and/or energy, could assist our brains to use telepathy and navigate other dimensions.  The video talks about the disposable nanobots [the cellphones of the future] enabling us to become Immortal global telepaths. Computers become smaller, so smartphones will become nanobots. Forget email, texting and phone... telepathy is the future :) see, hear, smell, feel, think what others (who answer your '♥telepathy call♥') ☻☺think-feel-hear-see-smell☺☻, full communication :) Brainwaves can be recognized (every time we speak or think a word, there is a voice or brain pattern), as voice can be today, so telepathy will be natural. We'll even move beyond basic sensory + verbal telepathy to conceptual complex trans-linguistic telepathy allowing us to have a communication ☻a billion times richer and more exact than human languages today☻.

In the coming telepathy age we will communicate thru concepts, colors, images & true sensory information instead of language. It'll be a communication a billion times more exact, as you can get a nuanced version of every 'word' or 'bit of info' encoding. ☻Telepathy allows fast transfer of Immortality technologies, volumes of info as vast as the present internet processed in 1 minute by our new brains.  We'll evolve to use a trans-linguistic high speed telepathy & present human languages will disappear. 

Telepathy will obsolete the monetary system even, as blueprints for 'goods' (things are information patterns) are exchanged freely & as pico-technology materializing centers [within human template] provide ability to re-assemble dirt protons-neutrons into any object. We'll also be able to create perfect weather thru a planetary shield.  Compassion & Peace will prevail♥.  

"Race is a social concept, not a scientific one" according to Dr. Craig Venter, one of the first to see biological proof of this by sequencing the human genome. :)  Telepathy will help us see that even more, as the identification with language will disappear.  The New York Times article ► http://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/22/science/do-races-differ-not-really-genes-show.html made it clear even in 2000, after we sequenced the human genome, that race is a social construct, unsupported by scientific data.  Since 2000, many studies show within the same ethnicity/race there is often far more variation in DNA between  random people than between people of 2 nationalities.  Nationality is a very political social non-scientific label that has no basis in reality, since the nose, eye shape and skin-hair-eye color, appearance are just 0.01% of the DNA.   Science knows of tens of thousands of human genes so far and 3 genes have a role in how much melanin we have in eyes, hair, and skin. A little melanin means white skin, blue eyes, blonde hair; more melanin means darker eyes, hair, skin. :)  It's not worth having wars over such super-tiny differences.  Another article from Washington University highlights the illusion of races being real too ► http://wupa.wustl.edu/record_archive/1998/10-15-98/articles/races.html.  

TELEPORTATION

Teleportation will make fixed physical location outdated and nations will disappear as a result.  Anyone will be able to be anywhere. Professor Zeilinger hopes it will be possible to teleport people in a few decades, as the 7 min video explains: Visions 19 Beam me up :). Certainly ☻♥Immortal Humans♥☻ should be able to teleport, why not. :)  Michio Kaku explains more teleportation in this 1 min video ► Michio Kaku on Teleportation.  Nations and languages will disappear and a multi-planetary Galactic Union of Immortals - GUI :) -  (extended to many planets we will terraform and colonize) will emerge.  

PHYSICAL IMMORTALITY

Quantum computers (here is a 6 min video from Google about their potential to help us understand the multi-verse, time-travel, Immortal aliens, etc Google and NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab) will make possible another faster billion fold increase in computation power/dollar (as the one that happened in the last 3 decades) so we will have petaflop supercomputers the size of red blood cells, nanobots that could repair cells and enable us to live for thousands of years as Google Director of Engineering explains in this 4 min clipRay Kurzweil — Immortality by 2045.  Already, today microrobots can do amazing things, as they travel thru our blood vessels, see this 2 min video for more info:  Micro robot aids surgery

A Recent Time Magazine Cover asked if Google can solve death thru  the founding of Calico, a company that aims to cure aging using Google's vast computational resources to figure out which genes cause aging, etc.  Some say that this is a hundreds of millions of dollars effort over several yearsgoo.gl/BFtcC2.   Here is a post about Calico from the Google CEO ► goo.gl/Jge6dk.  Defeating aging has been the dream of humanity for eons, but these days, with science we are getting much closer to that dream.  Worms have been created that can live 6 times longer by 17 year old Laura Deming who explains her wish to bring Physical Immortality to all interested in this 5 min clip ► Laura Deming - 20U20 Episode 1. Laura has started IMMORTAL IP, a Venture Capital Fund to bring Immortality Tech faster to the mass market.  Calico will inspire more companies to enter the market for curing aging and Physical Immortality therapies.  

Calico is not alone.  Media tycoon Itskov created a movement (► 2045.com) to usher the era of Physical Immortality, an effort praised by Ray Kurzweil and the Dalai Lama ► 2045.com/dialogue/29819.html.  Ray Kurzweil attended the www.GF2045.com annual events. The Global Future 2045 Congress was setup by Itskov.  There are scientists there who even talk of connecting the soul body (not all believe in it though) with the immortal android bodies of the future. Mystics and emperors have sought physical immortality for millennia.  Modern astral researchers have thought of Immortality for decades.  
ASPR OBE Experiment 1983 is a 25 min video about some ESP experiments.  In the video Alex Tanous explains at 7min22sec how the scientific understanding of astral energy will enable us to attain physical Immortality - just like understanding electricity brought us a lot of progress in medicine.  

Ray Kurzweil wrote a book about Immortality by 2045 and TIME Magazine published an article called "2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal"goo.gl/wRN64 and had a cover page about it.  Body temp element transmutation nanobots (future quantum computers maybe, who knows?) can make nutrients for cells directly from air, take back waste chemicals from cells and turn these chemicals into molecules cells need, thus eliminating the need to eat.   Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest geeks of all time, whose inventions are in every home with electricity, predicted one day we would live without eating.  Combined with terraforming billions of barren planets, Living on Nanobot Energy eliminates any worry about agriculture land, food or space.  All want Immortality♥ or at least living in perfect health. One day the trillions spent on war (that shortens our lives) will be used for nano robots and quantum computers that help us stay youthful for centuries.  :) 

Over time, more and more people in governments and private sectors will allocate hundreds of billions of dollars towards Immortality related projects.  Some billionaires have given already hundreds of millions of dollars to stem cells research ($100 Million Gift from T. Denny Sanford Launches Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center) and other anti-aging ventures.    This process of shifting the societal focus to constructive Immortality endeavors will be done in hundreds of ways, even thru Departments of Immortality at the Government level and University Level, thru new startups that focus on anti-gravity belts or nanobots and apps able to extend lifespan.  Video games will often be about how people help each other, how they find Immortality technologies and cures for aging, how they bring a World of Peace and Immortality.  A culture of Immortality will emerge and pervade the contents of movies, songs, TV programs, radio, books, and all media, thus enabling us to create that reality of Immortality.   Life will be valued more than anything else. :)  Millions of people will dedicate their entire lives to manifesting this great Immortality future because inside we are all beings of compassion. :)  

WORLD PEACE

We will become a Type 1 Civilization, a unified planet of peace, as Michio Kaku explains in this 10 minute video about aliens of Type 1, 2, 3, etc and our future ► Michio Kaku - Alien Life.  He explains that the European Union is the beginning of a type 1 civilization. Type 0 are like us. Type 1 attained World Peace thru kindness, create perfect weather (no more climate change) & have no natural disasters.  Type 2 and above are Immortal.  Type 2 are those who engineer stars.  Type 3 engineer galaxies.  Type 4 engineer an entire universe.  Type 5 include Universe creators. Optimists don't attack others verbally/physically (fear=expecting/creating others' negative behavior), but with gentle forgiving compassion♥ they are kind to all, expecting/creating others' positive future behavior.  Saying/doing positive things creates a positive present/future, so kindness is optimism. If we're helping and praising others more, we'll attain ♥World Peace♥ faster.   Armies will be only for asteroid defense, terraforming.  We'll invest trillions (lost in wars) in healthcare, enabling us to live as long as we want. :)   Benjamin Rush, one of America's founders, wanted to set up a ♥ Department of Peace ♥  ► thepeacealliance.org, with the same budget as the Department of Defense ►en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Peace.  All nations could create Departments of Peace and Immortality.:)☺☻☼ Imagine a world where human         #immortality and         #worldpeace   are real! :)  As we imagine, so we create... ♥  World Peace is required for true Longevity of thousands of years, let alone Immortality, since wars cause death.  World peace will come as we return compassion for hate, quantum computers for today's computers:), altruism for selfishness, gentleness for aggression, immortality focus for death focus.

It is likely one day USA, Canada, Mexico, India, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Indonesia, Ukraine, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, South Korea, South Africa, Vietnam, Australia, Turkey, European Union will join and form a GALACTIC UNION headquartered maybe:) in a moving GIGANTIC MOTHERSHIP ORBITING THE EARTH, with other  ♥GIGANTIC SELF-SUFFICIENT MOTHERSHIPS♥ IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM being rotating headquarters after we terraform other planets.  :)  The goal of our ☻♥Immortal Union of Altruistic Galactic Citizens♥☻ will be to Promote PEACE AND IMMORTALITY GALACTICALLY.  Within this Galactic Union that aims for Trans-Linguistic Telepathy to replace languages, we will also strive for the  Pursuit of Immortal Freedom, Immortal Happiness, Immortal Life.  "We, the citizens of the Galaxy, herein birth the Constitution of the GALACTIC UNION of Immortals... "  

BUILDING PARALLEL DIMENSIONS

Physical Immortality will be real one day & when we get bored of this dimension, we might even go to live in an inter-dimensional city by translation. Maybe we will be able to come back & use cosmic rays to precipitate an etheric-physical body template in a lighter more astral like dimension that resembles our physical one.  We will probably have millions of people willing and able to dispose of stomach, teeth, eating, reproductive organs, as human kids of 18 years old physiology could be precipitated by cosmic rays. Tech theoretically can allow kids with a billion parents, pro-creation done via 3d printing a "body for the soul" thru a mind-ray field of 1 billion Immortals, making everyone love any new born as if it's theirs as in true world peace and unity. :) That would be a little far out,lol, but not impossible since scientists today talk of birthing babies with 3 parents ► http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/27/us-ivf-3parent-idUSBREA1Q12420140227.  :)

MIND READING TECHNOLOGIES

The IBM 1 minute video on mind reading computers makes many wonder ► IBM Next 5 in 5 2011: Mind Reading. Selflessness-Honesty-Compassion-Understanding are enhanced by mind-reading technology. The super-intelligent ultra-compassionate ☼♥Shimmering♥☼ (due to luminescent picobots) ♥☻Immortals☻♥ (who are smarter than all science geniuses of the past combined) will be able to live without eating, shapeshift their forms & materialize anything (off-spring too, no reproductive organs needed). It will be natural to telepathically share the Bliss of Eternal Life with billions of Immortals in a mind-field of Ecstatic Joy.

ASTRAL MIND VERSUS BRAIN MIND Discoveries

There is proof we have more to our mind than the brain...  I guess it could be that selfless seekers of truth will become Immortal by discovering via other dimensions the locations of planets (soul body can travel at trillions of times the speed of physical light) of Immortals and maybe even co-creating with these Immortals a civilization of Immortals here. :) Entanglement (Quantum Entanglement is a video with mind/matter experiments) potentially allows us to see and connect to multiverse (Multiverse Theory by Dr Michio Kaku) planets (NASA astral star traveler: goo.gl/2j0Tv) where people attained peace & Immortality and where they are ready to help us move towards Peace. War=death, so only peaceful folks are Immortal.  The Selfless, Kind and Intellectual will be Immortal only, naturally - as those who are selfish war with each other and war leads to mortality via death. :)  Plus one needs to be super-intelligent to maintain one's Immortality.  Immortals may build their own dimension later. Long-term though, picobots will enable everyone to become 1000 times smarter than all geniuses of all current history combined eventually, so more people will engage in more intelligent selfless activities than today. :) picobots will enable all to learn in 10 minutes what we have learned in 10 years, to gain full learning at neuron level in a high-speed movie (there is no word for it, but it's a movie that has all knowledge in it, all the emotions, intentions, etc) of the lives of the greatest geniuses and their knowledge, universal compassion, selflessness and grace. :) Everyone will be like a super-genius sage, a soft song of boundless compassion for all. Mind reading gadgets will be about freedom from limitation and from 'low intelligence'. Why move our hands to dial a phone and use our mouth with voice recognition when we can control a computer with our mind and that energy of speaking can be spent learning something that would help us live a few thousand years in any dimension we want? :) Mind reading gadgets will be seen as a natural evolution towards Immortal kindness and Immortality in any realm we wish. :)
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Hey Jeremy what's your favorite science fiction film? I'm a big fan of the show and I've been watching for a long time ! I respect you for having an opinion and not allowing others to sway your views. could you potentially do a segment where you talk about all the things you want to see in Ridley Scott's upcoming follow up to Blade Runner? Its my favorite science fiction film.
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Hey Jeremy what's your favorite science fiction film? I'm a big fan of the show and I've been watching for a long time ! I respect you for having an opinion and not allowing others to sway your views. could you potentially do a segment where you talk about all the things you want to see in Ridley Scott's upcoming follow up to Blade Runner? Its my favorite science fiction film.
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There's so many things wrong with this movie.... First of all, making public anything uploaded to the cloud can be easily reversed... Oh wait that's Google drive...
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The Dark Knight Trilogy Explained
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The amount of negative reviews received by The Dark Knight Rises completely baffles me. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate negative reviews if they actually have a point but movie-goers are basing their criticisms on plot-holes which don't exist! Was TDKR too smart for the average movie-goer? I really don't think it was.

As one user on reddit aptly put, people were spoiled by The Dark Knight; that film was lightning in a bottle that couldn't possibly have been replicated. Ultimately, people went into this film expecting something transcendent, something magical, something that would shatter every preconceived notion of what a superhero movie could be. Maybe they didn't realise that was what they were hoping for, but it was. When the film inevitably could not satisfy those hopes, it came down in a thundering cacophony of disappointment unseen since Episode I (maybe that's hyperbolic, but only time will tell). People are reacting out of grief, and a little bit of embarrassment that they could allow themselves to be so emotionally invested in something that is, ultimately, just a movie about a guy dressed as a bat.

Being a die-hard fan of Nolan's masterpiece I want everyone to see why The Dark Knight Rises wasn't just a movie about stopping a bomb from exploding. It was so much more than that and fit in perfectly with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Initially I thought about writing a plot explanation myself but then I found this beautiful piece on reddit from user freedomnexttime which does the trilogy complete justice. It is a must read for any one who has seen the Dark Knight Trilogy:

"Nolan’s Batman films are often praised for how they mesh topical socio-political commentary with explosive super-hero action. Batman Begins focused on poverty vs. opulence, corruption in authority, the failure of law and order, and the nature of justice as opposed to revenge. The Dark Knight mixed comic book icons with themes of post-9/11 anxiety, the breakdown of civility and decency in the face of chaotic terror, and the question of “how far is too far?” in dealing with overwhelming threats. Finally, The Dark Knight Rises examines notions of assumed power vs. true power, the need for hope in the bleakest of times, and liberation from and revolution against the constraints of capitalist society. Although the topical nature of these three films certainly adds to their overall cinematic quality, there are a series of more personal themes prevalent throughout the trilogy, the importance of which may be overlooked in the process of viewing each film as a contained story. The core element of the trilogy-the fall and rise of Bruce Wayne – is a personal character arc defined by duality, rage, grief, redemption, and finally acceptance and ties with the evolution of Gotham City as a whole.

In order to fully grasp the true quality of the storytelling craft inherent in Bruce Wayne’s arc, one must first understand the nature of the man and the mask as three intertwined yet separate entities. Bruce Wayne is not a complete human being – there is a part of him that was ripped away the night his parents died and he has replaced that lost innocence with what Bruce and Alfred refer to as “the monster” (“I am using this monster to help people” – BB). The third piece of this persona is the symbol of Batman: the ideal that the people of Gotham associate with the name, and which in the end inspires them to act on behalf of their city. This symbol is what Bruce was originally hoping to establish, and transcends the identity of any one man.

The Bruce we meet in the prison at the start of Batman Begins is fueled by the desire for vengeance. As we learn in a later flashback, he was denied the closure and satisfaction of murder Joe Chill and so he has put himself in a position where he is guaranteed to be accosted by criminals on a daily basis; he can exact what he believes is the closest thing to vengeance he is ever likely to have. Every criminal he beats is Joe Chill to him. As Ra’s al Ghul says when he first finds Bruce, “you have become truly lost” (BB). Bruce beats these fellow prisoners out of necessity to quell the rage of his darker half; he himself takes no pleasure in the action because he already knows the truth in his heart: that Justice and Vengeance are never the same. It is this truth, learned from Rachel Dawes, that inevitably puts Bruce and Batman at odds with the League of Shadows.

Just as Bruce molds his monster into a productive force, Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows aimed to mold Bruce into the figurehead of their twenty-year old plot to eradicate Gotham from the face of the earth. The League helps Bruce create the physicality of Batman and his methods of fighting crime. They give Bruce the tools to confront his grief and anger and use them as the driving force behind his developing second persona. Most importantly, they give him the will to act in the face of apathy and overwhelming odds. The rift between Bruce and his mentors forms when they also attempt to convert him to their own ideal of uncompromising justice. Deep down, Bruce has already developed a sense of morality from Rachel. He combines this with his training, and gives his monster and ideal: there is always hope, and that with dedication and perseverance, Gotham can be brought back from the brink of darkness, just as Bruce was. He gives his darker half a face and name, and saves his city from annihilation. In the wake of his victory, however, he learns two truths about what he has done in bringing Batman to Gotham. The first, from Rachel, is that the Bruce Wayne has become the mask that hides the monster. Batman is now the crutch that Bruce relies on. In using it to move past his parent’s death and save the city from the League, he has given it much more control. The second, from Gordon, is the escalation: Batman has the capacity to inspire hope and action in the people of Gotham, but he also makes Gotham a target. His presence will serve as a beacon to draw out madness worthy of fighting a man dressed as a bat. This realization is expanded upon in The Dark Knight.

The Gotham City the audience sees at the beginning of The Dark Knight is much cleaner that what we saw in Begins. Though the key figureheads of the mob are still at large and Crane’s drugs are still making a small circulation, Batman, with the help of Gordon, is making definite progress in cleaning up the city. The emergence of Harvey Dent as the public face of Batman and Gordon’s crusade builds hope in the people of Gotham. Dent also inspires Bruce in a more personal manner. When Bruce sees Rachel with Harvey, he realizes that Rachel will not wait forever for Batman’s fight to end, and so Bruce begins to look for ways to put Batman to rest so he can be with Rachel. He puts his faith in Harvey as the one who can continue the push for justice when Batman is gone. Likewise, Harvey relies on Batman to do the things that he, as an elected official and the “White Knight” of Gotham, cannot be associated with. The Joker also sees the importance of Harvey Dent as the figurative spirit of Gotham. When Harvey survives the explosion that kills Rachel, the Joker takes advantage of Harvey’s shattered emotional state and converts him, leaving a corrupted perversion of the man that once stood for hope and justice. Bruce is spared a fate similar to Harvey’s by once again relying on the monster, this time to such a degree that Bruce Wayne is all but consumed by his alter ego. However, there remains a faint shadow of the man that clings to the knowledge that Rachel had chose him over Harvey, and so Alfred burns Rachel’s letter in order to preserve what is left of Bruce Wayne. Ironically, Harvey gives in to his twisted sense of vigilante justice because he wrongly believes himself to be like Batman in taking matters into his own hands.

In The Dark Knight, the Joker is the antithesis of Batman in his own philosophy that anyone can be brought down with the proper push. Harvey Two-Face is the proof that the Joker is indeed right. As he stands over Harvey’s body, the monster (and what is left of Bruce ) realize the true nature of what they have created with Batman, and what they now must do with this symbol. Batman and Gordon cover up Harvey’s actions and allow his untarnished legacy to become the symbol of hope that Batman was meant to be because he was the hero the people believed Gotham needed, and Bruce decides to reward them for that faith. The true hero of Gotham adopts the consequences of Harvey’s actions and becomes a symbol of darkness.

The Dark Knight Rises is the conclusion to two stories that began the night Martha and Thomas Wayne were murdered: the intertwined salvations of Bruce Wayne and Gotham city. In Begins, Bruce dedicated himself to ensuring that Gotham would never produce someone like him again. In The Dark Knight, he learned that Batman would be whatever Gotham needed it to be, even if that meant standing as the paragon of the darkest depths of the city’s soul.

Despite being the longest of the three films, The Dark Knight Rises features less of Batman than the other two. The film is not about Batman; it is about what Batman has inspired in the people of Gotham and Bruce Wayne’s personal journey toward a life without his alter ego. Eight years after Bruce hung up the cowl, the legend of Batman has become infamous among the people of Gotham, though some remain stout in their belief of his original ideal of hope. However, although the essence of Batman is now beyond any one man, Bruce still relies on his monster. He has added his grief over Rachel’s death to his original grief over the loss of his parents and is unable to move on with his life. He believes that Rachel would have chosen him and so dwells on what might have been. For a time, he attempted to do good as Bruce Wayne by investing in a clean energy project that would help the world. When he learns that the reactor could be reprogrammed as a weapon though, he shuts the project down. Bruce and Batman have learned the hard way what happens with the malicious take control of another man’s tool for good. Bruce thought that Harvey Dent was ideal replacement for Batman until the Joker turned him into a monster. Similarly, Thomas Wayne built the Gotham rail system as a means to aid the people of Gotham, but Ra’s al Ghul almost managed to use that system to deliver Gotham to its own destruction. So, Bruce shuts down the project and hides away with his grief. The buildup, established over the previous two films, adds complexity to the plot of the third movie, which could otherwise be seen as a deceptively simple stop-the-bomb story.

Bane claims to be “Gotham’s reckoning.” His aim is to fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s original plan of destroying Gotham, which the League of Shadows sees as the pinnacle of decadence and injustice, even more so now that it’s “peace” is based on a lie. Bane is also Batman’s reckoning; he plans to exact brutal revenge on Bruce for possessing the arrogance to fight against what the League of Shadows believe is the natural order of things. Bruce and the monster are lured out of retirement even though Alfred is correct when he tells Bruce that he isn’t Batman anymore. At this point, it’s not about being the symbol. It’s about indulging the monster and, hopefully, dying in his quest to save the city. Alfred tries to make him realize there is another way besides death, and that the more victorious action would be to keep on willing. Bruce created Batman as a mean to move on from his parents’ death, but in truth, Batman was only a distraction and an indulgence to Bruce’s rage. Learning to live without Batman would be acceptance of life, but Bruce doesn’t feel he can do that until he gives himself to Gotham. Even knowing that Rachel chose Harvey does not help Bruce realize how he can stop. The catalyst for Bruce’s final push beyond his pain is Selina Kyle. Bruce falls in love with her and finally has a reason to not want to be Batman anymore. Selina wants a clean slate and a new life, and she helps Bruce realize that he wants that too. He challenges her to believe in something beyond herself, as he had to do when he first became Batman. Even after she betrays him to Bane, he still believes in her because he needs redemption for the trust he put in Harvey Dent. Bruce’s inspiration eventually draws her back to Gotham, where she kills Bane and saves Bruce. Bruce brings out redeeming qualities of Selina and in doing so saves himself.

When they first meet, Bane sees through Bruce’s anticipation of his own death, (having undergone similar training), and so he breaks Bruce and throws him in a pit to rot and watch the extent of his failure. In that hell on earth, Bruce learns to embrace the basest of human instincts: the fear of death. He leaves the monster behind and rises from the darkness of the pit, now at last a complete soul. Bruce proved Rachel’s letter wrong: he no longer needed Batman. Gotham did, however, and so Bruce puts the mask on one last time. Bruce Wayne, armed with the will to live, defeats Bane at the end of the film. He only wears the mask because of its necessity to the people of Gotham.

Batman’s effect on the people of Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises is best exemplified by two characters: John Blake and Commissioner Foley. At first glance Foley’s arc could seem like an underdeveloped cowardice-redemption-heroic death subplot. When viewed against a broader context though, Foley is quite important to the theme of the film in that he represents most of the people of Gotham. John Blake was always a believer; he didn’t believe that Batman was the killer most people made him out to be, and sought him out when he knew the city needed the Dark Knight to return. John was exceptional, and for this reason he was chosen to carry on the legend of the Batman. Foley is the average citizen. He believes Batman is a villain because that’s what he was told by Gordon, the only talking witness to what actually happened. When Bane took Gotham, he sheltered himself and relied on Bane’s false hope, again because that’s what the authority had told him. He didn’t trust Gordon about the bomb because Gordon had been revealed as a liar in the Harvey Dent murder. But when Bruce lights the flaming signal, Foley is inspired with the will to act. He takes up arms, fights, and ultimately dies defending his city. Foley embodies the victory of Batman; the people of Gotham were possessed with the will to act and therefore had overcome Thomas Wayne’s failure. Foley shows what Batman was and is capable of as a legend and an inspiration for good.

By the end of The Dark Knight Rises, John Blake is frustrated with the limited authority and facilities provided by law enforcement. He did not have the means to lead the citizens to safety or stand up against those obstructing the bridge that led out of the city. After witnessing the extraordinary feats that Batman was able to achieve, Blake knows that the Dark Knight would not have let this barricade stop him from doing what was right. Blake realizes that he cannot accomplish enough as a police officer, or a detective, and gives up on the system. Thus, he makes the perfect candidate for the heir to the Batman legacy after coming to the conclusion that becoming a vigilante is not just about taking the law into your own hands, but about having a righteous will to act. In order to save Gotham, Batman did not answer to anyone other than himself. But even though the idea of Batman was always about circumventing the law to do the right thing, it was never about being above it. This entity set its own standards, and thus became more than just a vigilante- it became a true inspiration for Bruce Wayne, who worked tirelessly to devote himself to the ideas that Batman created. But how is Batman’s philosophies not influenced by the whims of this man?

Although Bruce as a man embodied Batman, it was not his choice that the legend of the Dark Knight began. The Dark Knight was never about a single man- it was always about the legend of Gotham City. Gotham created this entity the night that it stole away the innocence of a young boy, who had no choice but to give everything he had back to its citizens. If Gotham created Batman, then that means that Batman is the true representation of the city. Although the fact remains that Batman is one person, the point of the mask is that anyone could be Batman. And if anyone could be Batman, then that means that all of Gotham is Batman.

Time will be kind to TDKR, but only when people are able to sit back and view the trilogy as a whole, as a progressive story with evolving themes.

I usually don't ask for re-shares and I know it is a long article but I think this reddit user's explanation deserves to be put out there for everyone to read.

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This is an absolute travesty... Twenty+ years of source material and they come up with generic paramilitary goons? Wow.... Parts of this trailer feel as though they're totally missing the point of what the Turtles are about and that's just not cool. 
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