Spoiler:the ending didn't even make me flinch other than the heartbreaking few seconds with Aflred speaking to Bruce's parents' graves. Didn't like so much of it in the daylight, either. Didn't buy Bruce suddenly being able to beat Bane in a fight (I was expecting him to win by changing up tactics, instead he just stupidly goes right back in with a mano-a-mano fist fight. Really?? We've already established that Bruce was/is extremely rusty, older, a worn down body, and that in this context he's no match for Bane in a straight up fight, but yet the same man, now having just barely recovered from a spinal injury on top of his previous issues, is now ready to win under similar circumstances? That just didn't work for me. And speaking of the end of that fight... why the hell did Bane just sit there and we never even SEE him again once his mask is fixed?
I had HEAVY suspicions Bruce would die, and so while I didn't know for sure it would happen, the fact that he did die didn't surprise me. What did surprise me was I barely cared. It felt so unlike the first two movies to have this happen in broad daylight, in a weird *** flying machine, dangling that somewhat distracting sci-fi-esque ball of a fusion reactor/nuclear bomb with a cable, only to watch him fly out to sea and then have it/him blow up with a mushroom cloud. That was so cartoony, and yet again it felt like another victim of a rushed pace/awkward editing. VERY unsatisfying to me. Their first fight was much better, even with its flaws. Disturbing/hard to watch, which is what I thought would be the case when he died (I thought Bane would kill him). Instead, they get all of that out of their system during Bane Bats I, and in comparison Bane Bats II is a letdown, and he dies in the already-described off-kilter fashion that didn't even resonate with me. I was expecting this to be tear-jerking, but it didn't even come close. It felt rushed and poorly handled.Spoiler:Um, I thought Bruce lived?