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Christopher Nolan's 'Batman' Trilogy Fan Theories That Might Actually Be True

March 24, 2020 18.6k votes 4.1k voters 265.7k views15 items

One of the best things about the Internet is that anyone can put out a theory about anything much like these fan theories about Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. While most of the time this results in some sort of crackpot diatribe nobody can understand other than the person who posts something on sites like Reddit, there are occasions where a theory about something in popular culture actually makes a good amount of sense.

Theories like the narrator at the beginning of Alladin being the Genie in disguise were floated around the Internet for years before Disney finally confirmed it to be true. The theories out there that haven't been confirmed are many, but that doesn't mean they don't have some element of probability in them.

Theories about Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy have been kicked around online since the film was first announced, and there are more than a few containing some element of plausibility.

Of all the fan theories about Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy found online, these 15 are the ones that may, in fact, contain a nugget of truth, so find the ones you consider to be the most plausible and vote them up to see which one rises to the top!

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    Joker Didn’t Actually Swap The Detonators

    Source: Redditor u/Tmotty

    Details: In The Dark Knight, the Joker gave a detonator to each of the ferries, and told them that their detonator would blow up the other ship, making the passengers debate over whether or not they should destroy the other vessel to save themselves. The thing about the Joker is that he constantly lies. He does so throughout the movie, so there's no way to tell if he was telling the truth.

    This theory suggests that he was keeping with his love of chaos and irony by lying about the detonators. Instead of blowing up the other ship, each vessel carried the detonator to their own explosives. This would fall in line with his inability to tell the truth, but it would also pair nicely with his love of irony in seeing the ships' passengers destroy themselves in a selfish attempt to save their own lives.

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    Why Lucius Fox Is So Loyal To Bruce Wayne

    Source: Redditor u/iamre

    Details: In Batman Begins, Bruce enlists the aid of Lucius Fox, and he uses his numerous designs to build the arsenal and costume that would establish him as the Dark Knight. It's a bit strange that this man, who had never met Bruce before, would be more than willing to help him and keep his secret. The movie doesn't delve into why he's so helpful, but this theory aims to offer up an explanation

    In the film, Alfred mentioned that the Wayne family was part of the Underground Railroad as an explanation for what the Batcave was used for in the past. This theory suggests that Lucius Fox is a descendant of some of the people whom the Waynes assisted back in the 19th century. Knowing he owes his existence to the Wayne family, Fox is more than happy to assist in another Wayne offering up his life and home for the service and safety of others.

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    Joker Couldn't Be Ex-Military Because His Prints Weren't On File

    Source: Redditor u/the_fullest_bladder

    Details: This theory is pretty short and sweet, as all it states is that "If he had served in the military, they'd have his bloodwork, fingerprints, dental records, all of it."

    That's actually true. Whenever someone joins the U.S. Military, their fingerprints, blood type, dental records, medical history, and record of service are all logged into numerous databases. If the Joker had been a member of the armed forces, he should have popped up in a federal database somewhere, so he couldn't have been in the military.

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    Bruce Found The League of Shadows Before They Found Him

    Source: Redditor u/SaberNoble47

    Details: In Batman Begins, we see Bruce Wayne on a path of discovery and training, which ultimately brings him to the attention of the League of Shadows, and ultimately, Ra's al Ghul. This theory suggests that more was going on behind the scenes, and it was Bruce who put himself in their path purposefully, as he wanted to become a member of the League of Shadows to further his training.

    As he was training in Asia, he learned of the LoS and wanted to find them. Of course, doing so was no easy task, so he used his impressive skills of deduction and learned how to gain their attention. He landed himself in Bhutan Prison on purpose, which is why he was busted for stealing from his own company. He wasn't even committing a crime, but he was the only one who knew that. 

    After he left prison, he walked right up to the LoS' doorstep and was welcomed with open arms. Ok, it wasn't the easiest walk up the mountain, but he managed to put himself there without nearly as much trouble as he would have otherwise, and it was by his hand, and not the League that brought about their introduction to one another.

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