On the occasion of the mediocre movie Justice League (2017) by Warner Bros. and the failure of a good transfer -despite the generally good cast of actors- of perhaps the most famous, superheroes of the comicbook universe, those of DC comics that make up the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and Flash), I decided to write about the diamond left to us by Christopher Nolan and his team. Yes, we can now wipe away our tears of rage and despair and lift our spirits a little by seeing that there is greatness in DC movies.
I could write a lot about Justice League (2017), as as a kid I used to watch the “Superhero Legion” on Star every weekend, learning more about DC heroes than Marvel. However, I decided to stifle this pain and express it in a later article. Instead, here we will refer to these excellent films by Christopher Nolan, the Batman trilogy, Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
With a favorite superhero, since childhood, the Dark Knight, I was then thrilled to announce a Batman trilogy, after so long since the last transfer of the black-clad crusader by Tim Burton (Batman, Batman Returns) and Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin) – Burton’s Batman (1989), starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nickolson as the Joker, was very good and in many ways different. It was a classic and I do not accept any criticism about it! So the ecstasy was great and the wait was unbearable.
Those who spent their childhood watching fanatically the episodes of their favorite superhero (Batman: the animated series!), Had at least one figure and played non-stop with their friends, but even at Halloween there was absolutely no compromise, except a costume of this (at least in childhood), they perceive this feeling. It’s a pleasure, I would say!
So on the subject again, watching Batman Begins (2005) for the first time I was very excited (!), Realizing that my favorite hero had been decently transported to the big screen, in a serious film with many messages. More specifically, in my opinion, Batman Begins is one of the best films to introduce the hero to the public, even for those who had not heard or seen anything about the Dark Knight. The film perfectly integrates those moments that were landmarks in the life of Bruce Wayne, with the various messages of his father that shaped and stigmatized the character of the hero, but also with the metaphor of the moment that little Bruce learns about fear and power of this, from the incident with his fall into the well and the bats.
Those scenes of Bruce’s childhood fit seamlessly into the flow of the story as flashbacks to the flow of his adult life before he wore the mask. The film, in general, presents in detail those events that shaped the psychosynthesis of our hero and ultimately led him to tackle crime. Concepts such as revenge and justice are constantly clashed in the film, analyzed and presented, on the one hand by Ra’s al Ghul and on the other by Bruce. The clash of such notions and the presentation of the social distinctions of rich and poor as the result of the new social reality of the capitalist system’s superpowers and its effects, all elements that appear in the film, make the film more serious than a mere metaphor of a superhero and his struggle against injustice.
Respectively, in the later The Dark Knight (2008), with the excellent “agent of chaos”, the Joker of Heath Ledger, new concepts come to clash in the film, each time with the aim of further shaping the character of our hero. The act of wearing a hi-tech suit is not a simple matter. Boundaries are not always fixed and character integrity is not easy to maintain in times of crisis and stress. The struggle to maintain someone’s beliefs in such circumstances is found in the face of Bruce, but also in that of Harvey Dent, the benevolent assistant prosecutor who fought against injustice. He is the face of Gotham’s Goodness and the defender of justice, but like our hero, he goes through similar trials with the manic clown, in an attempt to verify the idea that even the best man in times of crisis will succumb to chaos and destruction. So defending good and justice is not a honey-milk affair and the boundaries and integrity of the character are broken, as was the case with Harvey after Rachel’s death. Eventually, hope is found in the face of our hero, managing, despite the pain of losing a loved one, to hold on to those notions of right-wrong and justice and mercy.
A typical player, of course, or rather a puppet master of the whole film, is the psychopathic Joker, with this distorted perception of reality that he has, from experiences that we do not know. Throughout the film, the dipoles of order and organization and disorder and chaos are also very evident, with the interpretation of the deceased Heath, as a representative of the latter capturing the audience and stealing the projector many times from the superhero of the film.
Finally, with The Dark Knight Rises (2012) comes the breaking of the hero, physically and mentally, and his placement in the earthly sphere and perception. Our hero is not Superman, but a normal human being, who gets hurt and comes back, just like we do every day in our lives. Willpower is the big factor of our movement and course in life and through it Bruce succeeds and returns. And not immediately, but after months locked in a dungeon on the edge of nowhere. Unlike the first film, with Gotham as the center of the criminal scourge, in Dark Knight Rises things are different. There is now peace, with many criminals behind bars. But this peace is superficial, with the rich taking advantage and the small and medium-sized seeing the gap with the former growing larger and enjoying less and less in this Gotham peace. Class differences prevail in the film and the uprising, following Bane’s occupation of Gotham, is reminiscent of scenes from Robespierre’s period of terrorism. Anyone suspected of “exile” or death. But with the entry of Bane, power does not pass back to the people, as he promised, and is not ultimately his ultimate goal. We see no social division, no other Marxist ideas taking shape and substance in occupied Gotham.
The purpose of the main villains of the film is the complete destruction of the city with a nuclear bomb, as an act of revenge and continuation of the legacy of Talia’s father, Ra’s al Ghul, but also as the only way to clear such a situation in one of the cities. strongholds of the modern world. Against the chaos and total nihilism of Bane and Talia al Ghul, Batman tries to restore normalcy, with the help of Jim Gordon and the local police. The end of the film with Bruce giving his fortune to repay the damage to the town and Wayne mansion as a home for orphans, closes the film with the impression of a more conscious society, with social welfare actions, at least on his part. richer resident. To begin with, others may follow (probably)!
With a cast of great actors and a very good team, Nolan gave the impetus for a new series of films, but also series, with our favorite superheroes. Unlike current films of this kind, however, it manages to adapt the hero to the present era successfully, but also to bring him to his human dimension. We understand his pains, his difficulties, his misfortunes, his education and his successes, because they move around the realm of human experience. He has no magic hammers, nor has he been pierced by a serum that gives him superpowers, nor does he become a green titan when he gets angry, leaving nothing standing in his way. He has, of course, his billion and three million and his many gadgets, but the fact is that Batman is human and you see bruises, you see the hero breaks and he ends up in a helpless state from which he returns, like a man with perseverance. , patience and will and not with super energy, magic and anything like that. From this analysis, it becomes clear that his films were not only aimed at presenting a better known superhero, but also at transmitting certain timeless values and concepts, both human and of an entire society as a form of structure. That is why I believe that they correspond to an older audience, which can more easily perceive such elements. Not that our little friends and ubiquitous fans can not see the movies – of course children should! – but, if they saw them again after years, they would realize details and elements that they had previously missed.