Wednesday night I went to see my dad to pick up some DVDs I lent him. I asked him if he was free to catch a matinee of The Dark Knight Rises this weekend. He said he was. I put DVDs of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight on the table. “Here’s your homework,” I said.
This morning I received an email from him with the subject line “Batman.”
Good Day Master Derek can you be around my place afternoon for the 3pm showing? Have a good day master Derek.
As great as the ending to The Dark Knight was and as well as it fit with the movie, I can’t applaud Nolan enough for bringing the truth to light about Dent’s actions and Rachel’s letter to Bruce in The Dark Knight Rises. As noble as Batman was at the end, it was nobility built on a lie and out of desperation not to let The Joker win. It’s the oldest saying in the book, but the truth truly shall set you free, and I think one of the most important aspects of TDKR is Bruce coming to terms with how he may not be as righteous as he believes. If he were truly in it for Gotham and not for himself, when the Joker presents him with the choice of addresses where Rachel and Harvey were held, he would have gone for Harvey. But he was so desperate to cling to his old life that he went for Rachel, and of course was tricked into arriving at the address where Harvey was held. He shows his true colours in that sense, and because of that betrayal to his ideals everything goes to hell. If he decided to go for Dent, he may have saved Rachel, and Dent most likely would have died but would have genuinely earned his martyrdom. It’s just so fucking devastating. But TDKR brings the truth out and Bruce earns his redemption, truly brings together his ideals as both Bruce Wayne and Batman, and oh my fucking god it’s beautfiul.
The Joker is the most interesting of the villains in Nolan’s trilogy to me because he’s a rogue. He doesn’t really have a grand plan but at the same time he definitely does and also at the same time he perfectly executes a plan with the appearance of not having a plan. What a mindfuck you are, Mr. J.
It’s amazing how long 4 years ago really can feel. Back in 2008 I was a bus boy and when The Dark Knight came out one of my favourite things to say was “People out there are dining, what would you have me do?”