After watching the Dark Knight Rises last weekend, and then re-watching Batman Begins, the first film in director Christopher Nolan’s stunning three-part interpretation of the Batman myth, I have been thinking about the thematic connections that tie the whole story together. The strongest thread is perhaps the question of the true nature of justice. As Nolan explores this quintessential theme of the Batman story and character, he particularly emphasizes the related question of who or what we should hope in to bring true justice to the world. I am planning on writing a couple of posts on how the Dark Knight Rises raises and attempts to answer these questions, and as usual tying the ideas in the film to biblical understandings of life and the world. Some of the questions I plan to explore are:
1. Where does our sense of injustice come from (and why do we care about it in the first place)?
2. Given that there are opposing views of justice in the world (e.g. Bane’s and the League of Shadows’ vs. Batman’s and friends’), how can we know which view is better/
3. What hope is there, if any, for true justice to prevail on earth?
I hope that these posts will be illuminating and worthy of your reading time, and that you’ll joint the conversation.