The Batman ending wraps up the first story in Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson's new Batmanuniverse, but the Dark Knight's journey is far from over
Much of The Batman's ending is dedicated to laying the foundation for the hero's future, as well as the future of Gotham's police and criminal underworld.
One of the biggest twists in The Batman is the reason behind The Riddler's murders. He was seemingly going after corrupt politicians and policemen, but the reasoning for them being corrupt wasn't revealed until later on.
The explanation for The Riddler's plan is fundamentally tied to Thomas Wayne and his goal to rebuild Gotham.
As a kid, Edward Nashton was orphaned and grew up poor, ultimately becoming an accountant when he became an adult. It was because of his job that he discovered what happened with Renewal, the city's infrastructure rebuilding plan that was put into place by the Wayne family.
The point of Batman having an effect on Gotham whether it be good or bad comes to fruition in the film's denouement, particularly after Jim Gordon restrains him from killing one of The Riddler's goons on top of the jumbotron.
The thing is, as it becomes clear throughout the rest of the film, Batman hasn't stopped people from becoming criminals, because he hadn't accomplished anything that would combat the reason they turned to crime in the first place.
In The Batman, Joker is played by Barry Keoghan, an actor who many viewers will recognize from his recent stint as Druig in Marvel's Eternals.
The Batman's ending heavily implies, through Penguin's actions as well as the mayor's voiceover, that the villain will become a new crime lord and fill the power vacuum left by Falcone.
The Batman ending leaves Robert Pattinson's Dark Knight in an interesting place, concluding one part of his story and leaving the door open for more.