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

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!

  • 1
    2,277 VOTES

    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.

    2,277 votes
  • 2
    1,543 VOTES

    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.

    1,543 votes
  • 3
    1,173 VOTES

    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.

    1,173 votes
  • 4
    1,149 VOTES

    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.

    1,149 votes
  • 5
    1,198 VOTES

    The Prison Is A Lazarus Pit

    Source: Redditor u/Jackofspades7

    Details: In the Batman comics, a Lazarus Pit is a magical pool found throughout the world. They are used by Ra's al Ghul to heal himself and live forever, but the movies didn't have the same mystical element. What The Dark Knight Rises did have was a pit, and Batman got thrown into it.

    This theory states that the prison was a Lazarus Pit, and anyone who was thrown into it would go insane... unless they had thought they lost everything that mattered in their lives.

    That certainly described Bruce, who had recently had his spine broken, his fortune lost, and his city taken over by Bane. Instead of succumbing to the prison, he was able to heal and climb out, which suggests the prison was a Lazarus Pit that could heal anyone who had lost everything but still wanted to overcome that loss.

    1,198 votes
  • 6
    957 VOTES

    The Joker's Tommy Gun In The Dark Knight Is Actually A Toy Gun

    Source: Redditor u/crazybubba95

    Details: There's a pivotal scene in  The Dark Knight that has the Joker pull out a Tommy gun, which he uses to shoot up some cars as well as Batman, but the weapon doesn't do the amount of damage you might expect. In one scene, he shoots it at a vehicle to spook the driver, and the bullets bounced harmlessly off the windows. 

    A normal weapon wouldn't do that if the glass isn't bulletproof, so why wouldn't the bullets penetrate the glass? This theory suggests that the Joker was using something akin to an Airsoft Rifle, which shoots pellets instead of bullets. It would go with his chaotic personality and would be a subtle nod to the types of weapons he employs in the comics, such as the "Bang" gun or other similar equipment.

    957 votes