Bruce Wayne is alive at the end and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the new protector of Gotham… but you already knew that.

At this point everyone who ever wanted to see The Dark Knight Rises has likely seen the film – and judging by the comments in our written review, they either loved it or hated it. A brilliant final bow for the ground-breaking franchise or a blatant rehash of Batman Begins that made no logical sense (did Bane escort a broken Bruce Wayne across the globe just to gloat?).

The ending has been analyzed and dissected for months now (hear the Screen Rant editors discuss the film in our Dark Knight Rises episode of the SR Underground podcast). The filmmakers and actors have talked about spoilers in print and on national television. Plans for a new Batman franchise are steadily working their way through the rumor mill. Michael Keaton reminisced about his long-cancelled plans for a Begins-style trilogy. So it’s safe to say the moratorium on an all-encompassing, spoiler-laden, Dark Knight Trilogy mashup is over. “Let the games begin,” as Bane would say.

Screen Rant presents to you The Dark Knight Trilogy in 3 Minutes. Our last Batman video was completed just prior to the release of TDKR in July. Culled from the first two movies and trailers for the third, it was a seven minute preparation for Rises in case you didn’t have time to re-watch the first two installments. We focused on Bruce Wayne’s story and the central thematic question at the heart of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy: “Why do we fall?” The answer of course, as Thomas Wayne imparted to his young son, is “so we can learn to pick ourselves up.

To do justice to this almost seven hour long trilogy in only three minutes, we chose to focus on the story of Gotham City – especially since many viewers consider Gotham to be the “true” main character in Nolan’s films. Its fall from glory spawned a man determined to help restore it and, in the end, he does just that, but not without some bumps along the way. If you can call Ra’s and Talia Al Ghul, The Scarecrow, The Joker, Two Face, Bane and Catwoman just “bumps.”

Like Bruce, Gotham needed to learn to pick itself up. Their stories run parallel. Love or hate the ending to Nolan’s Batman universe, he “changed things… forever,” to quote Heath Ledger’s iconic Joker. This video is a tribute to the first definitive Batman trilogy ever. Here’s hoping The Dark Knight’s legacy on film is put in as capable hands in the future.

Did we effectively tell the story of Gotham City in three minutes? Are you sad to see Nolan’s Batman go for good? Are you psyched for a new incarnation? Let us know in the comment section.

If you enjoyed this Screen Rant mash-up video, be sure to watch Chris Molinaro’s other mashups: A Very Tarantino ChristmasParanormal Activity: The Story Explained in 3 MinutesBourne to be Alive and Amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) Saves Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire).

The Dark Knight Rises is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.