When I was eleven years old, I perused through the video store looking for the perfect movie to watch. Having just rented all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I needed something new to quench my thirst for action movies. The dark, mysterious cover of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight had me instantly hooked; I needed to watch it. After watching the movie for the first time, my life was never the same again.
Introduction Superheroes, be it Superman or Captain America, were traditionally regarded as benevolent saviours imbrued with a strong, virtuous morality. In the 1980s, however, this black-and-white view was revolutionised by grittier comics such as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley. Written and set during the Cold War, the graphic novel presented a darker, more realistic approach to the superhero, reflecting the political realities of the time. It is often credited with redefining the superhero and creating the prototype for the broody and morally grey Batman we know today. This can be attributed to the moral ambiguity and complexity that marks the novel. Miller creates a questionable, morally ambiguous
The Dark Knight is about a city hero, known as the “Batman” of Gotham City. He fights crime, in or outside the city limits as long as it pertains to Gotham City, in other words “the batman has no jurisdiction”. In the film Gordon, the police commissioner of Gotham City, Batman, and Harvey Dent the district attorney for Gotham team up to take down the mob and the Joker.
Batman and the Joker: vigilante justice The Dark Knight is one of the most realistic superhero movie ever made. The main theme of the movie is good versus evil. This theme is highlighted through the acts of Batman and the Joker. With the help of the district attorney and Jim Gordon, Batman aims to put an end to the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city of Gotham. Definition of superhero. Gotham is relatively peaceful until a criminal known as the Joker puts Gotham in a state of a reign of terror in the city. He is willing to kill people forward his agenda, but Batman fights crime without taking lives. The movie makes the point that vigilante justice is justifiable in certain circumstances and to some extent glorifies it. Batman is a more powerful character because he fights against injustice and corruption in Gotham city. Batman`s parents were murdered before his eyes as a child. Batman has a great deal of wealth. The events and circumstances in Batman`s life lead him to be a leader of vigilante justice in Gotham.
A literary convention is a specific pattern like a repetition of a word, phrase, character, or setting. They are recurring patterns in particular literary genres and are present in many novels, short stories, plays, and sonnets. There are many different literary conventions or tropes in the stories that we have read, but I am choosing to write about the film The Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan. There are also many within the film, but the one that stuck out most to me was Jokers famous saying, “why so serious?”. When he says this his tone of voice is almost angry, or he may even sound mentally insane. There are two stories from where The Joker says that the saying “why so serious” originates from. The most notable one is that his father was a drunk and killed his mother. Then his father asks him “why so serious”, and decides he should have a smile, so he put a knife in his mouth and cut his face from ear to ear. This phrase and the way that he says it ends up making people of Gotham more scared then they maybe normally would be. The phrase could also mean that order will never be contained, that somehow someway chaos will always rise. I think that by the different stories about his scar, his actions throughout the film, and by his famous “why so serious?” phrase, Joker is a psychopath who is mentally deranged, yet maybe not insane, and somehow he is very intelligent. The phrase is something that occurs very frequently in the movie. It has also become a very popular saying
The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan, is a great example of the Gothic genre. The entire movie centers around the corrupt and crime-ridden city of Gotham. From the opening scene, the director makes it clear that Gotham faces the same menacing danger of the first movie, as the viewer is reacquainted with the city through a robbery. It is here that we meet Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker, a menacing character that enjoys causing distress and implements creatively gruesome murders. It is revealed that his clown makeup is actually unsightly scars, and the joker uses this fact in order to mentally mess with the minds of his victims.
Throughout “The Dark Knight” by Christopher Nolan crime and deviance is seen throughout the film. Crime and deviance in The Dark Knight has two faces as society accepts crime for those whose are helping them and at the same time punishes those who are punished. Society in Gotham accepts crime when the Batman commits it to help for the betterment of society; however, crime is not accepted when it is committed by mob bosses, gangs, criminal cops, and most importantly through the joker. The forms of deviancy/crime which are seen throughout the film is the Labeling Approach, Human Rights Approach, and Human Diversity Approach.
"The Dark Knight" is grimly magisterial. It's a summer blockbuster that contemplates near-total civic disaster: Crowds surge, tractor-trailers flip, and buildings explode, but the pop violence feels heavy, mournful. Light barely escapes the film's gravitational pull.
Many westerns contain some of the same elements. For instance, almost every western ever made involves a sheriff. He is usually the peace-keeper of a small town overrun by outlaws and cowboys, which he eventually chases out of town or kills. Another element of westerns is a
Batman: The Dark Knight Batman: The Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan is non-stop action thriller that continually did the unexpected. The film is based off of the original Batman comic book but additionally changes the perception of the everyday world as good to naturally bad. Throughout the movie, Batman stands for honesty and goodness while the Joker is a symbolism of chaos and evil. Both sides are forced to make quick-witted decisions in order to stop the opposing vigilante from doing his desired work. The citizens of Gotham are put in the heart of this circumstance and feel obligated to go against their values to stop the chaos. Numerous people habitually pursue their dreams and values but often become blinded from their
The Dark Knight (2008), directed by Christopher Nolan, demonstrates the idea of good versus evil. Batman is known as the protagonist, and Joker is known as the ultimate villain. The representation of crime in the film is seen from the actions of both characters. The film essentially depicts the act of deviance meaning, “behaviour that violates social norms, including laws”. In normality the government would have the greatest amount of power, but in the Gotham city, power is complex. There is minimal structure of law and order in Gotham city due to powerful people like Batman and the Joker. Citizens of Gotham city can no longer fight for themselves in a world filled with supernatural powers. Therefore, the only hope that citizens have rest in the hands of Batman. Although Batman attempts to save Gotham city from Joker’s criminal intentions. Batman, however, also plays a role in deviant activity while attempting to catch the Joker. Realistically, Batman violates the moral code due to destructive behaviour, and putting the lives of citizens at harm. He does not care for social norms, nor whether his acts are of legality. He is devoted to combat organized crime with Harvey Dent, a district attorney in Gotham city. Batman is in fact, the definition of crime, he understands but does not abide to individual rights and social contracts which make up the rule of law. In addition, the man behind Batman, Bruce Wayne also portrays a form of deviance by disguising himself as Batman.
BACKGROUND The Dark Knight Returns is a graphic novel by Frank Miller that focuses on the fictional superhero Batman, who is also known as Bruce Wayne. The story takes place ten years after an aging Batman has retired and his once overly protected Gotham City, has sunk deeper into lawlessness, criminal activity, and
When you think of psychology what is the the first name that comes to mind? My guess is that you thought of Sigmund Freud. Even though none of his theories of dreams or sexuality have any empirical evidence, he is still one of the most influential figures in all of philosophy. One of Freud’s ideas that does have substance is the idea that our minds are dynamic and contain both conscious and unconscious memories, thoughts, and desires. Freud labeled these phenomena the id, ego, and superego. While the nuances of this theory are complex and somewhat monotonous, they are brought to life in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The chaotic and childish joker (id), the pure and valiant Harvey Dent (superego), and the one responsible for finding a balance between the two, Batman (ego).
The Dark Knight includes scenes that directly correlate to stages in Campbell’s Monomyth. The first class of stages entitled “Departure” includes The Call to Adventure, Refusal of the Call, Supernatural Aid, Crossing the Threshold, and Belly of the Whale. Batman experiences the Call to Adventure when the Joker, Batman’s enemy, begins terrorizing the citizens of Gotham. Batman refuses his call to action by choosing to focus on bringing down the mob rather than defeating the Joker. He receives the equivalent of Campbell’s Supernatural Aid from Lucious Fox and Lau who provide him with physical and emotional aid. Batman crosses the threshold by uniting with Harvey Dent to seize Lau. Batman enters the Belly of the Beast on his journey to Hong Kong
In a movie where good and evil are divided by a very thin line, the Dark Knight rises up to fight against injustice and corruption in Gotham City. An action sequel to the original Batman Begins, this installment is a lot darker filled with more explosion, twists, and suspense. For the first time, a comic has been integrated into the issues of the real world. With the help of District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Gordon, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining mob members and clean the streets of Gotham for good. Their success is only short-lived when they encounter the Joker, a mysterious mastermind who is out to prove that nobility cannot hold in a world of anarchy.