by Scott Creighton
In the end, what is the final message of Christopher Nolan’s batman? He runs off to be an international playboy with his new love (a professional thief) and his man-servant sitting nearby. He leaves his caped crusade behind him and all the people of Gotham to stew in their own juices, solve their own problems, and he just enjoys his wealth and the rest of his life. Sound a little like Atlas Shrugged?
Bruce Wayne=John Galt?
Without seeing the film, I did find a website which is discussing it, especially the ending, and I figured it was worth taking a few minutes to pat myself on the back since it would appear that I was correct in my reading of the whole Batman series retooled by Christopher Nolan with his new Dick Cheney approach to the classic comic book character. And that Cheneyesque approach even goes so far as to include the mushroom cloud smoking gun. Yep, the Occupy movement is just a bunch of misanthropic followers being led around by the nose by a terrorist and his foreign handlers looking to bring our beloved economic system crashing down around us.
Yes, Batman is a 1%er fighting along side the noble police against the raging and out of control 995ers.
Yes, Bane is actually being controlled by foreign assets, terrorists who want nothing more than to bring down the “freedoms” in Gotham.
Yes, the smoking gun will be a mushroom cloud.
According to the source that I found, the movie ends with Batman dragging the trite nuclear weapon out of Gotham with his “Bat” (flying bat-mobile) and it detonates over the water supposedly killing the Batman himself. But of course it doesn’t and we later see Bruce Wayne and the Cat-woman enjoying their wealth and new-found romance in an Italian cafe. Wayne gives a gratuitous nod to Alfred, his man-servant, sitting at another table.
What happened: To save Gotham City from nuclear incineration, Batman (Christian Bale) jumped into his newest high-tech military grade vehicle – a flying machine dubbed The Bat – and towed an unstoppable ticking bomb into the sky and out to sea. KABOOM! The Bat went up in ‘shrooming smoke. In the aftermath, the caped crusader was declared deceased, as was his alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, who was believed to have been killed during Bane’s (Tom Hardy) riotous war on Gotham’s wealthy and elite. But that’s what Bruce wanted Gotham to think; in truth, he bailed out of The Bat before it went BOOM! We last saw Bruce at an outdoor café in Italy, enjoying the company of Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), and quietly toasting Alfred from a nearby table, thus fulfilling his guardian’s happily-ever-after dream for him. Bruce was finally freed from the pain of the past, from the self-destructive enterprise of Batman, from the ghosts and ghouls of Gotham. Or, to paraphrase Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities: It’s a far, far better thing than I do than I’ve ever done; it is a far, far better European vacation that I go to than I have ever l known.
Reaction: With Rises, we get a superhero story that ends with a superhero deciding that the life of a costumed vigilante – no matter how needed or noble – is really no kind of life at all.
There you have it: mushroom cloud smoking guns, Ayn Rand happily ever after endings, and Bane and his terrorist sponsored uprising stamped down for the good of all things holy and profitable and status quo.
Batman apparently donates his mansion for some kind of orphanage and Robin gets to investigate the Bat Cave, setting up still more Global War on Terror supporting movies in the future.
Here are a few comments from that site:
“Sadly…Bane was a HUGE let down for me…no venom, no super strength, just a regualr mercenary that didn’t feel pain and agony? NO. Collosal FAIL.”
That’s because Nolan had to make his super-villains into ordinary guys who just happened to be terrorists.
“Absolutely agree on the idea that Bane going from a philosophical and articulate villain to a puppet was incredibly disappointing.”
Over at the Telegraph, they seem to gleefully admit that Batman via the eyes of Chris Nolan, is nothing more than pro-Global War on Terror and anti-Occupy propaganda. It’s just fine as they conclude that this film is just establishment programing for the masses.
“Imagine that you are a child billionaire, orphaned in a mugging that goes terribly wrong. You decide to devote yourself to making sure that no one else will suffer as you did. But how? Do you open a series of outreach centres, hire probation workers, sponsor rehabilitation schemes? Or do you put on a rubber suit and prowl the streets at night, clobbering members of the underclass until they promise to stop breaking the law?
The answer goes to the heart of Batman’s most terrible secret – not his true identity as Bruce Wayne, playboy industrialist, but the fact that he’s secretly, wonderfully Right-wing. And it’s a secret that is now being exposed by one of the year’s biggest movies. In The Dark Knight Rises, British director Christopher Nolan explicitly casts Batman as the plutocrats’ champion, forced to defend his city against the impoverished victims of depression and globalisation. The ostensible villain may be Tom Hardy’s hulking, monstrous Bane, but the uprising he inspires is essentially Occupy Gotham City, if the “99 Per Cent” used shotguns rather than megaphones.
For some, it may come as a surprise that the Caped Crusader turns out to be a Caped Conservative. But Nolan’s played these tricks before. In his previous Batman film, The Dark Knight, he confronted the people of Gotham with a terrorist threat – Heath Ledger’s Joker – that, like al-Qaeda, could not be predicted or reasoned with. In the process, Batman wrestled with the same quandaries as President Bush. Can it be right to torture a prisoner to obtain vital information? The film’s answer, like the president’s, was an unequivocal yes. Can total electronic surveillance be justified to catch one or two bad apples? In this case, Nolan’s answer was more liberal: Batman hands control of his all-powerful spying device to that unwavering moral arbiter Morgan Freeman, the closest thing to St Augustine that our fallen age can muster.” Telegraph