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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On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

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