Originally Posted by jeahrens
As far as Bane's "Citizen's Revolution", I interpreted that as an obvious control ploy. He intends to vaporize Gotham, but he can't tell the populace that. He tells the populace the lie to keep them complacent. If the citizens know their fate is to perish in the nuclear blast, they have nothing to lose and would rise up against Bane. The detonator in the hands of a citizen is another lie to give hope.
This still doesn't answer the fundamental question: Why?
Why does he need to control them? Why does he need to give them false hope? Why does he send food down to the thousands of cops in the sewers that he just tried to kill?
Why do Bane and Talia do anything that they do in the movie, rather than just blow the city up like they say they intend to do eventually anyway?
If the answer is "To taunt Batman while he rots in that prison pit," is that really an efficient or effective strategy? This was really their grand plan all along: to lure Batman out, to break his back but not kill him, to put him in the prison pit, and to spend six months
holding a major metropolitian city hostage - all just as a way of saying, "Ha ha! Got you" while they don't even know whether he's still alive or dead halfway across the globe?
Seriously? This is the plot we're supposed to swallow?
Suspension of disbelief only goes so far.