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Some Collected Thoughts on The Dark Knight

August 11th, 2008 · Posted by Hugo · 5 Comments

In the wake of The Dark Knight, I thought I’d share a few posts I thought worthwhile. The posts do contain some spoilers, but if you still haven’t seen the movie, um, that’s your loss. 😛

John Wilkins from Evolving Thought writes in The Dark Knight about dualities, order and chaos and Zoroastrian metaphysics (with a cute mention of the first chapter of Genesis). He points out the movie serves as a good illustration of two classical moral quandaries: Wilkins discusses The Prisoner’s Dilemma mentioning some differences between humans and other apes, and points to The Religion Blog of the Dallas Morning News for a discussion of the trolley problem.

On Submitted to a Candid World, The Dark Knight, the War on Terror, and Science Fiction’s Moral Authority connects the movie with America’s “War on Terror”, discussing issues such as torture and surveillance. Ames also points out what terror aims to accomplish, and that responding to terror in a way that compromises on your ideals is to lose the fight. He further discusses Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica and their investigations of moral questions that are more easily thought about through fiction than in reality.

Lastly, Peter Rollins discusses Batman as the ultimate capitalist superhero (without reference to The Dark Knight), pondering our economic and socio-political structures and whether we simply do things (including prayer meetings, worship service or bible study) to make us feel good about ourselves, rather than actually addressing the real challenges, the real roots of the problem… Should be thought provoking, if it you permit it.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben-Jammin' // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:57 am

    My wife and I got to see the movie last week. As you can imagine, I got really annoyed with all the ‘I am chaos! I upset teh order!’ noodling. At one point, I called Batman an asshole for not letting the Joker die.

    It was kind of neat to see the Prisoner’s dilemma setup, though.

  • 2 Hugo // Aug 12, 2008 at 9:20 am


    Some suggest the Joker was way too calculating and scheming to really be “chaos”.

  • 3 Hugo // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Another link to an interesting review, provided by tzhau (thanks!):

    Eat that! 😉

  • 4 Dear Friends, Dear Readers of This Here Blog, // Aug 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    […] and empathy, though I think I take a big-picture view: I metaphorically flip the switch in the trolley problem, and pray the individual that might get hurt will get off the track in […]

  • 5 AtA: Are All Sins Equal? // Nov 17, 2009 at 12:17 am

    […] designing scenarios that weigh up one wrong against another, and forces you to choose between them. Ala The Joker. What does making that kind of choice tell […]

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