Conservative film blogger Dirty Harry saw The Dark Knight, and divined something many less incisive critics missed:
The Dark Knight may well be the most conservative movie since 300. There’s just no arguing that the Joker is al-Qaeda and Batman George W. Bush. In between are the citizens of Gotham who have a choice: They can cave to terror, turn on their protector and blame his aggressive crime fighting for the rise of the Joker, or they can understand that appeasing a criminal status quo in their city doesn’t convince the Joker’s of the world to see the light and enroll at community college.
Well thanks for the spoiler, Harry (may I call you Dirty?) I haven’t seen the movie yet, but if The Batman is supposed to represent George W. Bush, we can pretty much guess the plot: The Joker unleashes a reign of terror, The Dark Knight vows to bring him in, dead or alive, then spends the rest of the film chasing after Kite Man.
(By the way, since the Bush Administration plainly can’t be bothered to hunt for bin Laden in Pakistan, maybe they should try looking for him in community college. It’s just possible he was tempted by the lower tuition rates, flexible class schedules, and wide selection of vocational courses.)
Posted by scott on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 at 10:41 pm.