Exceptionalism In The Dark Knight

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Hollywood motion pictures often display their historical moments in appealing ways. The latest Batman movie, the dark knight (2008), directed by the one and only Christopher Nolan, is a perfect example of that. Like many superhero movies, it has a hero and an anti-hero. Featuring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman who is the hero and Heath Ledger as the Joker who played the anti-hero. The Joker’s main purpose is to bring chaos to the people of Gotham city, so Batman must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological trial run of his capability to fight injustice.
Christopher Nolan was greatly influenced by the Joker comics which debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel the killing Joke, and the 1996 series the long Halloween, which
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In a way batman feels empty inside because of the death of his parents when he was young and was raised by his butler who was like a father figure to him. Basically Bruce Wayne has to put on the mask to feel powerful in some because he feels like he can do more with his life than to just manage his corporation. Batman’s actions throughout the film can be illustrated as a kind of “exceptionalism” because he violates minor laws to punish greater crime. He acts outside the law because his exposition of illegal actions is different from society’s. Bruce Wayne/batman predicament is much like Spiderman’s and the reason being is that he wants to live a normal life, to be a regular citizen who loves his girl, but he is Exceptional as a result of his remarkable abilities. The final climax of the movie wasn’t a typical fight between the hero and the villain, but rather against batman and the commissioner Gordon and Harvey Dent. Three men who made an unstable union against the mob and Joker. Each of whom had violate their good morals and the laws in the name of the greater good, solely to be left with the personal, ethical, and in Harvey’s case physical consequences of their actions. It would be safe to say that the message of the dark knight is that morality is not something easy to define, but it is a perfectly concise way to shorten the distinctly complex message applied in this comic book

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