Batman The Burkean

Jul 24 2012 @ 8:41pm

Douthat considers the politics of The Dark Knight Rises:

[Nolan is] trying to simultaneously acknowledge the injustices of the existing regime while suggesting that both the revolutionary and anarchic alternatives would be much, much worse. Across the entire trilogy, what separates Bruce Wayne from his mentors in the League of Shadows isn’t a belief in Gotham’s goodness; it’s a belief that a compromised order can still be worth defending, and that darker things than corruption and inequality will follow from putting that order to the torch. This is a conservative message, but not a triumphalist, chest-thumping, rah-rah-capitalism one: It reflects a "quiet toryism" (to borrow from John Podhoretz’s review) rather than a noisy Americanism, and it owes much more to Edmund Burke than to Sean Hannity.

Yglesias makes related remarks. Caption for the above video:

Batman: The Animated Series flawlessly recreates The Dark Knight Rises trailer for The Hub's 10-episode marathon on July 20, 2012 at 4 pm.