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


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.


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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