July 29, 2014

The Dark Subtext Rises

Up until now, I’ve been pretty lukewarm about the next Batman movie. Not because of any lack of faith in Chris Nolan. Kind of the opposite. He knocked it so far out of the park on The Dark Knight that I honestly don’t know where he could go from there.

But I forgot something that I really liked about The Dark Knight and that was the simple question of relevance. Among the several things going on in that film is a little taste of terrorist psychology and politics. It makes The Dark Knight feel more vital because it taps into something that was going on at the time (well, still is, but it was a little fresher then).

Now that we finally have a proper The Dark Knight Rises trailer to over-analyze, I’m struck by a similar feeling. This time it looks like Batman vs. the 99%. Or an especially violent subset thereof. I have no idea if that’s actually where Nolan is going with all of this, but if it is, that’s one way to distinguish this chapter in a way that gets it out of the rather large shadow of its immediate predecessor.

So I’m a little more psyched now.