Some thoughts on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Dark Knight Rises

This is probably pretty obvious, but there are SPOILERS in here.

I’m a little late to be sitting here writing about Christopher Nolan’s last turn at the helm of a Batman film, and most of what there is to say about the movie has already been said. I’m not interested in reviewing the movie, because it’s not like it would do any good to do so anyway. It’s good in ways and pretty crap in others; either those crap things overwhelm the good ones for you as a viewer, or they don’t. The end. Either way, reviews don’t seem to really be adding to the discussion or making anyone rethink their viewpoint.

But there are a few interesting things about the Nolan Batverse that TDKR deals with…and doesn’t. Having thought about it for a while now, I’m struck by how Nolan and the others who worked on the story and script, namely Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer, have been setting up Batman as both a solution and a problem, a hero and a potential villain. There are a number of things wrong with the traditional conception of Batman (and with superheroes) when you really sit down and start to think them out; TDKR actually gets close to dealing with those things, and with issues like justice, before it strays away in favor of big-budgetiness.

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