Plot Holes From Nolan's 'Batman' Trilogy Fans Couldn't Help But Notice

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Vote up the plot holes that are hard to unsee.

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy reinvented Batman on the big screen, creating a darker, grittier Gotham than audiences had ever seen before. The expanded world took Bruce Wayne all over the globe, and the master plans of his villainous foes grew more complex and intricate with each film. However, Nolan's deep Batman mythology opened itself up to some plot holes, and fans of the Caped Crusader were quick to point them out. To many, it's flummoxing how the Joker was able to terrorize Bruce Wayne's high-class party in The Dark Knight without it making the news. Other theorists will point out that Bane's CIA airplane takeover in the opening of The Dark Knight Rises is both flawed and uneccesary. In a more generalized theory, many fans simply ask, "With all the problems in his office, how does Commissioner Gordon keep his job?!"

If you're a fan of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, check out this list of puzzling plot holes that have left Batman fans scratching their heads.

  • 1
    244 VOTES

    Ra's Al Ghul's Water Vaporizer Would Kill Everyone

    From Redditor /u/Jeri_da_yogi_bear:

    When the microwave transmitter vaporizes all the water supply... it would vaporize all water including all the humans that are living cucumbers at 63% water. Gothamites wouldn't tear itself apart by panic as they would be vaporized before they could.

    244 votes
  • 2
    258 VOTES

    Batman's Knee Suddenly Heals

    From Redditor /u/whycuthair:

    Rewatching TDKR, and was wondering... there's the scene in the hospital where the doctor says all of his cartilage in the knee is gone. Wayne then gets some kind of leg brace.. Then Bane breaks his back, and he goes in that prison to train. But he doesn't have that leg brace anymore... How did his leg heal?

    258 votes
  • 3
    235 VOTES

    Joker's School Bus Definitely Stands Out

    From Redditor /u/wosh:

    When the Joker robs the bank he loads the cash into a school bus and then pulls out into a line of school buses as cop cars race by. How does no one notice all the debris falling off the buses? We hear kids talking and laughing so it's not that the buses are empty and the drivers are paid off.

    235 votes
  • 4
    223 VOTES

    Batman Doesn't Tell Gordon That The Clowns Are Hostages

    From Redditor /u/Misaria:

    Batman is going after the Joker, who has the hospital staff hostage, and asks Gordon for five minutes to make an attempt alone.
    Gordon threatens to shoot Batman, but lets him go, and says "Two minutes, then we breach..."

    Batman immediately discovers that the clowns with guns are the actual hostages.
    He tells Fox this but doesn't alert Gordon, or tell Fox to alert him, nor tell the SWAT-team. Instead Batman just beats up all of them so they won't shoot the hostages, but all that time spent fighting could've been spent telling at least one of them what's going on. They don't even fire immediately, they tell the clowns to drop their weapons, etc.

    Batman doesn't even say anything when SWAT surrounds him, at that point they don't know that the clowns are the bait and the ones dressed as doctors are the bad guys.

    When the Joker wants Coleman Reese dead, Bruce has no problem telling Alfred to send a message, to Gordon, what officer he should be wary of.

    223 votes
  • 5
    245 VOTES

    Joker's Hair Changes Color

    From Redditor /u/SlimJiMorrison:

    During the bank heist in Dark Knight the Joker's hair changes from natural to green by the time the bus driver arrives.

    245 votes
  • 6
    318 VOTES

    Police Don't Remove Joker's Disguise

    From Redditor /u/axlee:

    In The Dark Knight (2008), about halfway into the movie, the soon-to-be Commissioner Gordon finally manages to capture The Joker, with the help of Batman.

    They bring The Joker back to the police station to find out who he really is. They try everything: fingerprints, DNA, dental, clothing brand...but they never manage to get a clear identity from him.

    Wait a minute...they went straight for DNA tests, before even cleaning the damn clown make-up the Joker is wearing?

    If I wanted to find out about a disguised guy's identity, that would be the first obvious step, right?

    318 votes