The Dark Knight Rises can’t come out soon enough. 2008’s installment was one of the most timely movies in recent years, in that the metaphors that resonated with so many people were exactly what they needed to hear—so much so that the Wall Street Journal was linking Batman with a certain war-time president. The idea that some men want to “just watch the world burn” is one that doesn’t sit well with liberals, because it immediately destroys the charade that you can solve global threats through “dialogue” alone. Dialogue doesn’t always work, particularly when you’re dealing with irrational people. It also most certainly doesn’t work when it’s not backed up by the very real threat of force.

And that’s where The Dark Knight Rises comes in. In the new trailer, one can’t help but think of the phrase, “All that is required for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.” Or, if you’re a fan of Edmund Burke, you might think, “”When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Either way, Commissioner Gordon spells it out quite clearly for Bruce:

Commissioner Gordon: “We were in this together and then you were gone. Now this evil rises. The Batman has to come back.”

Bruce Wayne: “What if he doesn’t exist anymore?”

Commissioner Gordon: “He must. He must…”

Bruce Wayne, like all of us, is fallible. Like many Americans, he doesn’t want to believe that The Batman has to exist, but “he must.” He must because there are evil men. He must because we don’t live in the morally relativistic world liberal professors try and inculcate their freshman students to believe in.

What makes the character even more convincing is that he can be hurt. Badly (see Batman Begins for Exhibit A). Just like the real world, confronting evil means that you just might die if you take on the challenge. Take a look at Batman’s face as Bane closes in on him in the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises—there’s some serious fear in his eyes. Fans of the comic know why…

Is Christopher Nolan a closet conservative? I don’t know. But no matter what he does—no matter what he says from this day forward—he can never take back this trilogy (thank God). It’s a gold mine of conservative values waiting to be explored. It’s a series of movies that fathers can talk about with their sons and daughters for generations. Those “silly” comic books can sometimes serve as a springboard for much deeper discussions, and when it’s all said and done Christopher Nolan will have gone three-for-three.

Not bad for a kid from London. Mark your calendars for July 20th, 2012. It’s going to be a great night to head to the theaters.

Bane. It takes a steel spine to take on pure evil. Unfortunately, we don't have steel spines, which makes our heroes that much more worth cherishing. They break their backs to keep us safe, while the useful idiots whine about their tactics.

8 comments

  1. Yeah, I was just thinking that watching the Rise trailer. I thought his last Batman was an apologetic for the Bush patriot act and Gitmo. Batman tries to torture the Joker. Of course it doesn’t work, but Gordin doesn’t arrest Batman for assaulting the Joker and the audience is supposed to sympathize with Batman, not the Joker’s ACLU lawyer. In addition, the sonar device at the end is an acknowledgement that civil rights can be suspended in an emergency. Nolan I believe gave to a democrat Patrick Leahy, who also had a small speaking role in the film. I couldn’t imagine him getting into Michal Moore stuff and then doing such an obvious allegory of the war on terror with Batman as Bush. Further, you will notice the Joker does not have a sympathetic explanation for why he is evil. He wasn’t an abused child or anything, his explanations he gives are just shit he makes up. Batman sums it up, he is shit on the inside and wants to convince himself everyone else really is too. A very conservative villain.

    In Rise I recall Cat Woman’s complaint that Wayne lives above every-one else and how long he can keep taking. It is exactly the complaint of the occupy movement, pure envy. Why are you so rich and I have to work to pay back collage loans?

    1. So on one hand the movie is an allegory for Bush’s fight against terrorism, but yet the Joker is a “very conservative” villain? Sorry. Try “terrorist.” If you want to find people who feel like crap on the inside just look at some liberal comedians: Bill Maher, Janeane Garofalo, Kathy Griffin, etc. Talk about self-loathing…

    2. the charachter himself isn’t conservative, he’s part bill ayres part johnny rotten. I mean he’s a conservatives viliain, that is his evil is not the fault of a society that let him down, he is evil because he is moraly corrupt.

  2. Wow, I am going to have to check the definition of what appears to me to be a misapplied use of the word ‘conservative.’ So, the majority of people who are bad are not morally corrupt? It is someone else’s fault they are bad? They have no choice? Morality isn’t just emotion, it is a thought process. Immorality, and the “bad” it evokes is a choice to take the easy path. An easy path to personal gratification with the flippant, “It’s not my fault!” Being a sociopath is a decision process, whether inspired by genetics or environment. A mistreat child knows the difference between good and bad. He has suffered the bad.

    So, I will have to say that as a Conservative, I see bad behavior as a cultivated choice to be immoral ( or amoral). Which ever process got the person to the criminal functioning point, the impact is the same.

    1. Frank, I didn’t misapply anything and at no point do I say someone isn’t responsible for their actions. You do know that there are liberals that say “good” and “evil” don’t exist, right? You do know that some men are irrational actors who can not be reasoned with (e.g., al Qaeda). I’m saying such men exist, and that they usually must be dealt with by force. And that they must be held accountable for their actions.

      Read a little closer, my conservative friend.

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