The Dark Knight: Film Analysis

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The Dark Knight, a film directed by the acclaimed Christopher Nolan, is a great piece of art on multiple levels. In most cases, these levels are understood and delved into deeper each time a person watches the movie. The first time, the movie offers a super-villain for the most well-known hero to defeat as well as the story of the transformation of a man from the city 's most promising District Attorney to the city 's most vengeful menace. The second time, since the explosions and action scenes have been processed before, the minute details of the Joker 's plan and the mob 's criminal history are understood. It can take up to three or four times for the deepest meanings, the topics that we have covered in this class, to be pondered in their fullest sense. The Dark Knight is not just a superhero movie; it has themes and asks questions that will have more long-term effects than anything created purely for entertainment. In the Dark Knight, the three main characters, the Joker, Harvey Dent, and Batman, all have different answers to what it means to be fair and just. …show more content…
Dent was Gotham 's hope for a crime-ridden city. If the public knew how he turned, all that had been achieved would be destroyed. Batman makes the choice that no one else could, to take the blame for Dent 's death and to be on the run for the rest of his life. Arguably, this is not how the movie should have ended. It is certainly not just for the one who did nothing wrong to be blamed for great evil. However, to Batman it is not justice that matters, it is the city of Gotham. He accepts that the truth is not what is best for the city. According the Gordon, the Batman - the Dark Knight - is "the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. . . so we hunt him". Batman disregards what is just for what is best, a much different approach than Harvey Dent who had almost destroyed the city with his attempt at justice and

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