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The Dark Knight Rises: What’s The Legality of Bruce Wayne’s “Death”?

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If you like comic books, superheroes, and the like and want to know actual legal answers to fictional superhero questions, I've got the site for you: Law and the Multiverse. From their self-description:

If there's one thing comic book nerds like doing it's over-thinking the smallest details. Here we turn our attention to the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers. Just a few examples: Are mutants a protected class? Who foots the bill when a hero damages property while fighting a villain? What happens legally when a character comes back from the dead? You'll find the answers to all of these questions and more right here!

Approaching the 1-year anniversary of the release of final movie in the Dark Knight trilogy – The Dark Knight Rises – a guest post by Mike Lee answers the question of why Bruce Wayne was declared legally dead at the end of the movie. Spoiler alert: it is believed Batman was killed in a nuclear explosion, but no explanation was given for Bruce Wayne's death. Check out the post for Lee's explanation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onpD6rHlYG8

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  1. Tate Rehmet says:
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    Great article. I never even thought twice about Bruce Wayne being declared dead at the end on TDKR. I suppose the explanation that he could have been presumably killed in the rioting that took place in Gotham is credible enough, but one would think it would take longer than a month or two to declare him dead.

  2. Mike Bryant says:
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    Very interesting