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.