The Dark Knight Rises a Christian Allegory. SPOILERS
I have seen many a fan try to analyse a product, halo for instance, and make a connection to it and the Christian faith. For me it never carried any real weight to it, however interesting it was. I think, in my own opinion of course, that it carries enough weight to share.
I have seen many a fan try to analyse a product, halo for instance, and make a connection to it and the Christian faith. For me it never carried any real weight to it, however interesting it was. I went to go see TDKR with my dad who happens to be a priest (who before deciding to change denominations was running applicable to be a bishop) at the midnight showing. Ironically enough I was the one who spotted these similarities. And I think, in my own opinion of course, that it carries enough weight to share. Please enjoy, and please comment on your thoughts.
Batman is the ultimate symbol of good. He might not be the one that everyone wants, or the one they expect, but he is the one they need. Jesus christ was foretold to be the king of the jews and people actually took that at face value, but when he actually came he was just a normal guy.
Batman's first fight with Bane represents Christ's torture and then crucifiction. Catwoman turned over Batman to Bane for personal gain, protection. Which resembles Judas' betrayal. The pit he is thrown into represents his death. Just as Batman rose from the pit Jesus Christ did too *rise from the dead. And it should too be noted that the movie's main theme is faith and christians are asked to take a **leap of faith.
I did a google search to see if I was the only one who noticed this. Apparently I wasn't the only one. A website called jwwartick.com (the author of the article is J.W. Wartick)
There is a notion of a clean slate which Selina Kyle is primarily motivated by. Batman offers it to selina as a price to pay for her help in the final battle. And in the end goes back to help batman even though she was never required to do redeeming herself. And another christian principle or belief can be applied. That we are all sinners and our clean slate is faith in Jesus Christ
Christians are told that once sin came into the world the only way to save it was for God to come into flesh and save us. There was also a part in the movie where Jim Gordon has a talk with ***John Blake. He was talking about the evil of Gotham and how Batman transcends the filth, but he puts his hands into the filth with us. Wayne has no obligation to Gotham but still loves it anyway and condescends into the muck to save it. Jesus is God incarnate and was willing to become one of us to save us. Christ did what was necessary to save humanity from its own sin. The son Rises.
John Blake is an idealistic young cop who believes in everything Batman stood for. At the end of the movie he stumbles onto the batcave and it is strongly suggested that he inherits Batman's mantle, sort of in the same way Jesus' Apostles did.
*Note the wordplay.
**Also interesting to note that this term was used in Inception.
***John the baptist, or John the disciple of Jesus?
Is it all coincidence? In the words of Jim Gordon
You're a detective now, there are no coincidences.
In the name of Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, and the Batman, Amen!
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