The Dark Knight Mumbles … about Class Warfare

The trailer for The Dark Knight Rises starts out with the US National Anthem, which gradually fades away to be replaced, ultimately, by the chant of the “occupy” people (amusingly, in the film they are the insane asylum inmates). I suspect that this “fading US” effect was quite intentional.The mob is chanting (it seems to me) “This Is Arkham! Arkham!” Arkham is the name of Gotham City’s sanitarium. (Some joker has posited that they’re chanting “Fish! Fish! Pasta! Pasta!” and it actually sounds pretty close to that.)

Along the way in that trailer, we see a woman (Catwoman?) whisper to Bruce Wayne at an upscale party: “You and your friends better batten down the hatches … when it hits … you’re gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large, and leave so little for the rest of us.” (As is typical, the speaker in the fine gown and quite comfortable in the elite surroundings includes herself among the supposedly oppressed masses.)

As she’s speaking, we see scenes of the angry mob hunting down and killing successful people in their homes and offices. It’s the hoped-for dream of the “occupy” movement and embodied in their songs, including the new music by Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen explicitly credits the “occupy” movement for inspiration of his new album “Wrecking Ball” — the name he describes as “an image where something is destroyed to build something new.” Springsteen’s lyrics (besides celebrating illegal immigrants) invoke killing successful people with shotguns and similar violence. He joins many other leftists in portraying success in America as criminal. This fits in nicely with The Dark Knight Rises, and with Obama’s constant rhetoric. Of course, Springsteen, Nolan and Obama all get lots of money from the most successful of Wall Street people (they were and are Obama’s largest donors), but this irony apparently bothers them not at all.

I’m disappointed at this “attack successful people” premise, of course. At one time, an American would see someone of great success and say ‘I want to be like him.” Now, he is being taught to see a person of great success and say “I want to destroy him.” The “Dark Knight” filmmaker is hoping to cash in on Obama’s class warfare speeches.

But a new problem has suddenly arisen as a larger issue, displacing the “occupy” overtones of the film. “Bane,” the new villain, is unintelligible.

This is not exactly a new problem in the Batman movie franchise: The famous clip here in which the Joker is interrogated by a guttural Batman in the sequence nicknamed “Good Cop Bat Cop” was well-spoofed here.

For the new movie, there was a recent six-minute preview given to a select group of people. Rather than creating excited buzz over the film, the rumors of Bane and his mumble-through-the-mask effect became the dominant theme. Sound quality in general was a problem. Even in the trailer above, there are a couple of words that Catwoman says to Wayne that I cannot make out after “batten down the hatches.”

This video is a commentary about Bane’s voice in the upcoming Batman finale, and Nolan’s reaction to complaints.

At least, if the film does poorly, Nolan will have something else to blame besides American people rejecting his class-warfare premise. I’m certainly not much inclined to see the film, from what I’ve seen.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • Lordghoul

    The only flaw in your assumption about class warfare is that the “Hero” is rich and the “Villains” are the people who want to punish the rich. Was the character of the Joker meant to applaud terrorism? I think you have your whole premise reversed and in fact, Nolan is a 1%er.