Batman versus "Occupy"

WARNING: The author of this blog is a big comic book nerd

There is a new trailer out today for The Dark Knight Rises, the concluding chapter of Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy, and once again there are some heavy themes that bring to mind the rising "Occupy Wall Street" movement. And since it's May Day (and the trailer is awesome) we thought it appropriate to point out some of the scenes in the trailer that bring the OWS themes to mind.

In the first full trailer for the film, the class warfare themes are evident. At a ballroom event, Anne Hathaway, playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman, confronts Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman.

"There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne," she says. "You and your friends better batten down the hatches. Because when it hits, you're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could ever live so large and leave so little for the rest of us."

Doesn't that sound a little like the rhetoric coming out of the more radical 99%?

But that's not all.

The films primary villain, Bane (played by Thomas Hardy), seems to be a radical interested in violence and destruction. But what separates him from the Joker, seen in the The Dark Knight, is that he seems to have a plan. Where Joker was played as a singular force of chaos and anarchy, Bane appears to be leading a revolution.

"When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die," the villain tells Batman.

Clearly, this isn't a vendetta against one man - but an entire city.

Even Bane's costume is meant to evoke the image of a revolutionary! GQ did an interview the film's costume designer:

"Bane was meant to look like a cross between a dictator and a revolutionary," Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming told us. "I designed the coat myself - it took a year. We took inspiration from a Swedish army jacket and a French Revolution frock coat and amalgamated the two.

Fans of the series will remember in the first film the villain was Ra's Al Ghul, who was also out to destroy Gotham.

Ghul, played by Liam Neeson, told Batman:

Only a cynical man would call what these people have "lives", Wayne. Crime. Despair. This is not how man was supposed to live. The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. We sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats, burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance.

No one can save Gotham. When a forest grows too wild, a purging fire is inevitable and natural. Tomorrow the world will watch in horror as its greatest city tears itself apart through fear. The movement back to harmony will be unstoppable this time.

Throughout the ages, our weapons have become more sophisticated. With Gotham, we tried a new one: economics. But we underestimated certain of Gotham's people. Like your parents. Gunned down by the very people they were trying to help. Their deaths galvanized the city into saving itself, and Gotham has limped on ever since. We are back to finish the job. And this time no misguided idealists will get in the way. Like your father, you lack the courage to do all that is necessary. If someone stands in the way of true justice, you simply walk up behind them and stab them in the heart.

Could Bane have a similar agenda - one that seeks to destroy the whole city because he believes the 1% has grown powerful and corrupt?

And isn't that a Wall Street trading floor under that appears to be under attack?

Now, could this be a coincidence? Sure. But it wouldn't be surprising to see the film look at real world politics as many saw the last installment make some commentary on security and warrantless wiretapping.

Regardless of the politics, it looks like its going to be a pretty cool movie.

Trailer 2:

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, the fear of politics being brought up at the dinner table is shared by millions around the country. But comedian Jamie Kilstein has a guide for what you should do to avoid the awkward political turmoil so you can enjoy stuffing your face full of turkey.

Kilstein joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to dissect exactly how you can handle those awkward, news-related discussions around the table on Thanksgiving and provided his 3-step guide to help you survive the holidays with your favorite, liberal relatives: Find common ground, don’t take obvious bait, and remember that winning an argument at the cost of a family member won’t fix the issue you’re arguing about.

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Winston Marshall assumed that he would be playing banjo with Mumford & Sons well into his 60s, but one tweet — simply recommending Andy Ngo's book — was all it took for the woke mob to attack. At first, Winston apologized, saying he "was certainly open to not understanding the full picture." But after doing some research, not to mention a whole lot of soul-searching, his conscience "really started to bother" him.

On the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Winston opened up about the entire scandal, what he discovered in the wake of his cancellation, and why he's decided to put truth over career.

"I looked deeper and deeper into the topic, and I realized I hadn't been wrong [when] I'd called the author brave," Winston said of Ngo. "Not only was he brave, he'd been attacked by Antifa mobs in Oregon, and he was then attacked again ... he's unquestionably brave. And so my conscience really started to bother me ... I felt like I was in some way excusing the behavior of Antifa by apologizing for criticizing it. Which then made me feel, well, then I'm as bad as the problem because I'm sort of agreeing that it doesn't exist," he added.

"Another point, by the way, that I found it very frustrating, was that that left-wing media in this country and in my country don't even talk about [Antifa]. We can all see this footage. We see it online," Winston continued. "But they don't talk about it, and that's part of my, I think, interest initially in tweeting about Andy's book. Because I think people need to see what's going on, and it's a blind spot there. ... CNN and MSNBC, they don't cover it. Biden in his presidential election said it was just 'an idea' that didn't exist. I mean, did he not see the courthouse in Oregon being burnt down?"

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