"It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story," Nolan told Empire. "We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after 'The Dark Knight.' So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state."
That's right, y'all: Future Batman! The time jump -- beyond being cool -- will also likely help the narrative structure. After all, 'The Dark Knight' ended with Batman on the run and The Joker captured. By starting nearly a decade after, many difficult to untangle knots -- like immediately dealing with the real-life death of Heath Ledger and the absence of The Joker -- will be mostly inconsequential to the story.
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