Posted on 10/19/12 04:06 PM
Nolan obviously identified the essential characteristic that separated Batman from other superheroes; he is not a fantastical figure that contains the luxuries of superpowers, but rather a man who uses luxuries contained within the perimeters of reality to fight crime. Thankfully, Nolan nailed this authenticity in his previous outing 'Batman Begins'. Successfully establishing the iconic figure as the serious and tormented character that he is. Despite it's virtues, the film still contained some generics of the superhero genre. However 'The Dark Knight' seems like a monumental expansion upon the qualities that were created within the latter. It removes the generics of the superhero genre to represent an alarming reality that is filled with psychopaths, terrorism, moral conflicts and the ultimate question that lingers over each superhero: 'What would happen if heroes existed in reality?' Through these lofty themes, Nolan creates the emergence of two separate boundaries (more so than Batman Begins) that initially seemed impossible; the emergence of comic imagination grounded through a sense of reality.
As stated, one of the most impressive aspects of 'The Dark knight' (Oppose to others within the same genre) is that it's universe very much resembles contemporary society. Stemming from this reality, we are confronted with the question 'What would it be like if Batman actually existed within the perimeters of reality?' With this concept subtly stirring in 'Begins', Nolan continues to explore this idealistic notion through the parallels of the Joker. The Joker's characteristics very much resemble the likes of a nihilist. He contains no moral principles and his motivations are set to destroy this sense of resolution that Batman has provided for Gotham City. He is the mirror for societies hypocrisy and focuses his energy on bringing people down to his level. As a villain, the Joker is unique. Where by most movie villains share some logic or specific motivation, the Joker isn't concerned with anything logical but simply does what he does because he can. Furthermore, due to a psychological edge, the relationship shared between the two characters is immensely elevated. They both share separate ideals, but are not necessarily different; they are both outcasts who both operate out of societies boundaries and are faced with the ultimate dilemma, they cannot remove each other due to their internal principles. The Joker's presence ultimately questions the presence of Batman's existence.
However, before the occupation of the Joker, Batman initially focuses his energy on stopping the Mob with Commissioner Gordon. However, another man wants to join their crusade, Harvey Dent. Thankfully, despite how riveting the Joker's actions are, Harvey doesn't take second stride. Nolan develops the relationship shared between Dent and Batman as the opposite to the Joker's, they are both men who share similar ideals and create the perfect emergence towards rendering crime. Rather than Batman's idealistic approach to crime, Dent very much represents the rational response; the real hero, the 'White knight' and the face for the society who works within the public domain. Whereas Batman works within the shadows, out of the public jurisdiction and functions as Dent's man for rectifying criminal activity, creating the perfect mutual balance. Through this relation, Nolan brilliantly explores the concepts of that ultimate question 'What would happen if heroes existed in reality?' Nolan suggest that the the presence of Batman within reality must focus as something more beyond societies perimeters. Batman actions must be expendable, suggested through the ultimate sacrifice Batman makes upon Harvey's half.
While these themes seem monumental for the comic-book genre, it's the injection of humanity that ultimately keeps the film grounded within a realistic presence. As an audience we are confronted with question and anxieties that very much resemble contemporary society. These questions are not only faced by the main characters, but rather Gotham society as a whole. They are forced between the battles of two idealistic freaks that ultimate questions the importance of Batman's presence.
Besides the philosophical exploration of societies realities, 'The Dark knight' is a thrilling action experience. One of the brilliant aspects within the trilogy, is that Nolan attempts as best as possible to create monumental actions sequences without the use of CGI. From the stunt-work on the Hong Kong sequence to the brilliance in flipping a truck on it's back, the action is very much rewarding. Furthermore, Zimmer and Newton's score is richly thrilling. The accompany of such a score ultimately elevates the action sequences to a level that is profound.
Ultimately, 'The Dark knight' succeeds because it focuses on what sequels should do: Take your character one step further, explore his dimensions and, most importantly, his morals. Furthermore, it explores Batman fears on a resembling reality. Stemming from this, Nolan lingers 'if Batman actually existed, is he the hero that a city actually needs? Or his presence responsible for a decaying society?" Thankfully, Cordon's final monologue provides the answers, we see the true essence of a Dark Knight, a man who is appointed to provide resolution for a city, because he, and him alone, is the only man that can.