5 Movie Plot Holes You Didn't Notice Due to Editing (Pt. 3)

#2. A 10-Year-Old Boy Benches a Third of a Ton in Real Steel

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Real Steel is a sci-fi movie about professional robot-boxing that, flying in the face of every convention in Hollywood right now, is not based on Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. Early in the story, Hugh Jackman learns to connect with his 10-year-old son, Max, by illegally sneaking past guards and breaking into a robot junkyard to try to salvage enough parts to build their own robo-boxer. After falling to the bottom of a deep, muddy pit, Max is rescued by a functioning robot -- which the boy then insists they should dig up and bring home using the winch and cart they brought. But Wolverine is too grumpy to bother doing the exact thing they came here to do, and instead makes the more responsible, adult decision to leave his child behind, alone, at a crime scene.

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"I bet if I was a married redhead you'd help!"

Cut To ...

Max walking down the road, carrying the robot behind him in an all-terrain Radio Flyer.

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Such a wagon could never really exist, obviously.

This means the movie skipped right over a scene where Max sneaks the past the guards while dragging a 700-pound robot -- and that's after he somehow gets it out of the mud and up the incline that almost just killed him, in the rain. On one hand, he has a winch to help him, but on the other hand, the kid is freaking 10 years old: How does he dig the robot out? How does he get the winch all set up without falling again, since it's already been established that the ground can fall away at a moment's notice? Why is Hugh Jackman such a shitty dad?

We get that Jackman is supposed to be an irresponsible father figure at this point, but you can't expect your heartwarming "father saves son's life" scene to have any impact if it's immediately followed by "father leaves son to die in a pit of robots." That's why the movie had to skip that part: It would've established Max as superhuman, which would've made him look like kind of an asshole for letting his dad get beaten up by gangsters later -- although he didn't have a winch that time.

#1. We Skip Bruce Wayne's Insane Reason for Faking His Death in The Dark Knight Rises

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The Dark Knight Rises ends the Dark Knight Trilogy the only way that it possibly could have: with Batman sacrificing his life to save Gotham. Rather than living long enough to become a villain, he dies a hero by flying a nuclear bomb out into the ocean, and the city is made safe (until Joseph Gordon-Levitt inevitably blows it up with a rocket car and then dies). We get one final mournful shot of Bruce Wayne's funeral, attended by the only four people to know that he was anything more than just a shallow playboy -- the only four people who will truly remember his legacy.

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"He was born into the hardest life of all, that of a rich, handsome white man."

Cut To ...

Surprise! Turns out he's totally fine and sticking it to Catwoman in Italy, because tragic endings have no place in Hollywood. Which is OK, we guess; good for you, Bruce, you deserve some hot European sex. But ... why can't anyone know?

Don't get us wrong -- there are a thousand reasons for Batman to "die." The entire movie has been leading up to that decision. But we skip over the scene where Bruce makes a completely separate, utterly insane decision to actually fake his own death as Bruce Wayne.

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Bruce Wayne, who'd been seen alive and well in public just 12 hours earlier.

Remember, killing off Batman is nothing; there was never a paper trail for Batman. But the decision to pretend the real-life billionaire Bruce Wayne died is huge -- in addition to screwing over his grieving friends (remember Alfred, openly weeping? What about Commissioner Gordon?), it involves actual fraud -- there are death benefits, estate issues, a whole avalanche of complications that would have to be covered with lies.

And it's not like it's a "better safe than sorry" situation -- faking his death creates way more loose ends than it fixes. For instance, what's the official cause of death? Is he playing it like Bruce died during the Occupy Wall Street revolution in Gotham? All right, so somebody is going to get prosecuted for this non-murder? And how did he fake it -- did he leave a fake corpse behind? Fool a bunch of witnesses? Pay off a medical examiner to fake some paperwork? Even if he staged something that would draw less attention (like, say, a drowning), there's going to be an investigation to rule out foul play -- there's a billion-dollar estate at play, and life insurance, and loved ones demanding answers. Commissioner Gordon -- who thinks Bruce died in the explosion but can't tell anyone -- would be forced to lie to his colleagues about some completely separate reason the "totally not Batman, guys" billionaire died the same day.

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"See, boys, Bruce Wayne had a double life. He died that day -- as his alter ego B'ayne!"

Remember, the only reason his funeral scene happens in the movie is because at that point we still believe Bruce is dead, because we knew it was really him in the Bat-plane that exploded. But watching it after you know it's all a sham makes it seem like one of the biggest dick moves in the entire series.

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"Ha, got you good, Guy Who Devoted His Whole Life to My Happiness and Well-Being! You cried like a bitch!"

The gravestone and funeral are only for the benefit of Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and "Robin." We'll buy that it might be easier for Bruce if Gordon just never finds out that Wayne is still alive, in case he's worried about being hassled on Facebook for crime-fighting advice or whatever, but cutting "Robin" out of the loop just seems ridiculous. Especially considering "older, retired Batman helps a young dark-haired brat take on the mantle" actually worked out pretty well that one time. Come on, don't these characters watch cartoons about themselves?

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Related Reading: Speaking of Batman, the cops should totally know he was Bruce Wayne at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. And while we're on the subject of plot holes, the bad guy in Skyfall's plan made no sense at all. Oh, and there are dozens more where those came from.

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