Dark Knight


Recently viewed the trailers for the new Batman movie.  If teaser dialogue is any indication, it looks to be as impressive as Batman Begins.  I didn’t think I’d like Heath Ledger as the Joker, but after seeing the footage a few times, I think it’s a good decision.  The real question will be whether or not the big J could be more disturbing.    Perhaps if Heath played him as “Brokeback Joker”? 

Anyway, feast your eyes on the brooding cinematics:Alfred (Michael Cain):  “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical.  They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with…some men just want to watch the world burn.”

One of the things that makes a movie good is whether it speaks truth.  Batman Begins lodged itself in the mind with its questions of identity and fear.  Do our goals justify our means?  Are we merely the sum of our fears, more animal than rational? Or is our identity and nobility to be found elsewhere other than instinct?  Some of my brighter students have quoted lines from Batman Begins back at me in Youth Group (“It is what I do that defines me.”), when asked how they measure their worth. 

Alfred’s lines in the trailer speak of another great truth, and the primary reason why we live in a world that needs the likes of policemen and soldiers.  Some men can’t be reasoned with, some only respect power, and will kill innocents–women and children–to advance their own goals.  Which leads to the next trailer…

Bruce Wayne (Bale):  “People are dying.  What would you have me do?”

Alfred: “Endure!  You can be the outcast.  You can make the choice that no one else will face.  The right choice. Gotham needs you.”

Sacrifice is one of the fail-safes of creation.  People can choose to turn their back on God, on his Will, on morality…When that time comes, one or a handful among the people can make the hard choice, the choice to become the suffering servant, to “save their people from their sins”.   Earlier Advent gospel readings alluded to Christ in this way.  Christians must be like him too, at times.  The merciful paradox is that joy can co-exist with suffering.  As some of the saints have said (I’m paraphrasing), “It is better to be on the cross next to Christ than to be in the world without Him.” 


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