The Lesson on Egypt Found in the Dark Knight Trilogy

This summer, the release of Christopher Nolan's final installment in his epic Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, was met with fanfare, critical praise, and, as we remember, the news of the horrible killings in Aurora, Colorado.  In a rush to find someone to blame for the Aurora massacre, some critics publicly laid culpability squarely on Nolan's shoulders thanks to the nihilistic violence found in his films. These allegations are ridiculous beyond measure, of course.  Blaming Nolan for James Holmes' depravity is akin to blaming Paul McCartney for Charles Manson's interpretation of "Helter Skelter."  Some people are simply evil, and any attempt to understand their motivation to commit acts of evil is futile.  As Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler, put it in The Dark Knight, "Some men just want to watch the world burn."  (Warning: spoilers follow.) It is this thematic concept that drew the left's ire about the second installment of the series, The Dark...(Read Full Article)

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