The Dark Knight Rises trailer is out. John Nolte and Hotair may have beaten me to the coverage, but anyone who’s read this blog regularly knows that I’ve covered the Christopher Nolan conservative question and Batman at length. And, given Cat Woman’s “Occupy Wall Street” flavored whisper into Bruce Wayne’s ear, there are still plenty of angles to explore:

You think this is going to last… There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends had better batten down the hatches. Because when it hits you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.

Fans of the comic know that Batman and Catwoman’s relationship is “complex”, to say the least…but she’s still a villain. Given Nolan’s first two installments, it would be odd if the philosophical elements at play weren’t treated with intellectual honesty.  Odds are good that Nolan will provide a rich tapestry for us to sit around and discuss, and in an industry where conservatism rarely gets a fair shake, that’s something to smile at.

As I said back in July:

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.

The interesting thing about Christopher Nolan is that his success (thus far) has been so consistent and so large that studios will have almost no choice but to grant him carte blanche. If he is conservative, it’s a coup d’état for the worldview that almost always gets the short end of the stick in Hollywood. How sweet would it be that if by the time it’s over political junkies will hear Bane say, “When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die,” and wonder if Nolan is making a veiled dig at Keynesian economics (or the envious goons clamoring for it down at your local “occupy” encampment)?

July 20th can’t come soon enough.


  1. That was almost witty. It would be if it didn’t take random readers two seconds to Google economists like Hayek or Sowell…

  2. Personally, I think it looks bloody brilliant. What I love about this trailer is the fact that it shows you just enough to keep you hooked, but not enough to spoil the story. Who is Bane (Tom Hardy)? And why is he attempting to destroy Gotham City? Where has Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) been for eight years and what has actually brought him back to Gotham. Was it Gordon, Bane or something else? All I know is, that come next Summer, I’ll be at the front of the queue for ‘TDKR’!

    1. CMrok93, if you don’t know the Bane/Batman backstory from the comics…don’t look it up! If Nolan plays it right, you’re going to be in for one hell of a ride. I hate how today too many spoilers sneak out, and even if you don’t want to know, sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it.

      The other thing I like about Nolan is that he’s pretty good and keeping a lid on his projects. I’m really looking forward to this summer’s movies.

    2. A lot has leaked about about this movie. With every yahoo and their brother having cell phone cameras, it feels like every scene they filmed outside got leaked the next day.

      We have seen pretty much all the characters and their costumes and a couple of the big set-piece fights being filmed. But, I agree for plot and story details he manages to keep his films pretty buttoned up. I am also pumped to see it (Although I will say the latest trailer Bane was really hard to understand. Hope the whole movie doesn’t play like that)

  3. Really now, all of this excitement for a non-hero known as “Batman”. This is a man who shrinks in the face of evil, who fails to vanquish it, who even lets it escape when he has a hold of it, who breaks its fall just before its glorious would-be death.

    Batman is soft, he is conflicted, he is psychologically damaged beyond repair. He cannot ACT, he cannot be free from his twisted psyche. He cannot see and know evil even when it is marauding all around him and right in front of him.

    He is an anti-hero: an enabler of monsters like the Joker and a bait-and-switch artist that hurts us worse than someone who is ineffective and powerless, because at least that someone doesn’t fraudulently lead us down a path of believing that he could affect the outcome.

    Batman fails, as you know DE, because of this condition:

    It can’t be denied.

  4. I knew I would face your Bat-wrath for that one, my friend! As always, you make very convincing arguments. I can not argue with much of what you say. However, I’m still very impressed with Nolan. Even if, ultimately, Batman frustrates me by not doing what must be done…the writing for these movies has treated conservatism with an intellectual respect seldom seen in Hollywood. His Batman flicks have made a convincing case for the conservative worldview, and for that I’ll dish out another $15 bucks this July.

  5. So long as Batman doesn’t beat Bane by joing Buffet in asking for higher taxes on capital gains “did you know Alfred pays more taxes than Bruce Wayne? Help oBama beat Bane Capital” any way it goes, i think it would be hard to cast OWS as a Batman Villian and it come off good. Remember the Joker Obama image? That was rememorable political art.

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