– Where are you?
– I’m not finished yet.
– And you’re not finished with me.
You’re never finished with me.
This was perhaps the most powerful scene (for me) in Part 1 of 2 of the movie The Dark Knight Returns which is the animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s 1986 epic graphic novel of the same name. Not only it is the (one of the depending on your liking) greatest Batman story ever told, it’s one of the greatest graphic novel and pieces of literature ever made, and it was actually the first time Batman was taken seriously as a legendary character. It took years for several Batman veterans to finally adopt it to a movie in 2012/2013, and it sure did deliver. Definitely one of my most favourite movie/lines of all time.
While I could never do justice to it by describing that particular scene (or the book/movie) in words, you should check them out. Here we see an older Bruce Wayne all by himself who goes to find his strength and the scene shows the fact that he can never be done with being Batman with much powerful emotion yet simple dialogue. I like to think we are also never done with what we are supposed to do in/with our lives, and it just keeps going forward.
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Hi, have you noticed in that scene the hand comforting the young Bruce was that of Batman as if Batman took the place of his father to console him of his grief?
This was quite outstanding as it signifies how Batman, the alter-ego of Bruce Wayne rose from his pain and actually paved a way to deal with his pain.
The very next line “You’re never finished with me” symbolizes this fact that as Bruce’s pain is something he’ll carry to grave, he’ll always need Batman to deal with his pain, he [Bruce] can’t live without him [Batman].
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