The Dark Knight Trilogy
Has there been a better ensemble? I think not. At least not since the Godfather Trilogy.
Gotham High — If Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy were a teen comedy.
“The Perks of being an orphaned billionaire vigilante.”
A BATMAN SUPERPOST
In the Gotham justice system, there are three enforcers of the law: the police, the judicial system, and Batman. Batman is a really rich and really moody dude who saw his parents get killed when he was a kid and who runs around wearing a cape, angsting across the skyline and fighting crime as a way of self diagnosed therapy.
Okay, the first thing you need to know about the Batverse is that it’s flippin’ enormous. Like, Batman authors have to be the most profilic sons of bitches out there. But here’s a few comics to get you started.
Batman: Year One (Year One comics are always a good place to start)
The Killing Joke (there are no words)
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (terrifying, yet ensorcelling)
I don’t think people quite realize all that is going on in this one scene. There’s a lot that happens in this one scene, that makes it so powerful. First off, Bruce Wayne is in love with Rachel Dawes, who is currently dating Harvey Dent. Rachel promised him that if the day came that Gotham no longer needed Batman they would be together, and it was that hope that Bruce held on to. Of course, that hope died with her, and of course The Joker was to blame, but there’s more that the Joker did with this, that psychological heart breaking touch that The Joker has to add to his crimes, the “punchline” as he calls it. Rachel and Harvey were both taken to warehouses tied to chairs, surrounded by barrels of gas ready to blow up, with a phone to talk to each other on. As Rachel says to Harvey, only one of them will make it. Keep in mind that Rachel knows Batman’s secret identity, while Harvey does not. Harvey believes that Batman will save him, as he is Gotham’s white knight and the best chance the city has in ridding itself of crime and evil. Rachel however, believes that Batman will save her (and is quite right) because he is in love with her. When Batman saves Harvey instead, it devastates her. You can see it in her face just before she dies. The man who loved her chose to save Gotham City’s white knight instead of her.
For Harvey, Batman did exactly what he believed he would do, which also devastates him. As soon as he sees Batman he beings shouting, “NO NOT ME!!” having wanted Batman to save Rachel instead. This is ultimately what breaks him. Everything Harvey stood for, everything he did for Gotham City, and yet he’s the one who loses his everything. It was a sick joke on him, a sick joke that led to him turning to the one thing that made sense, the one thing that was fair, chance. Of course, as Rachel tried to say, someone else could’ve come and saved her, which they did try, but, only Batman was capable of saving her.
Of course The Joker knew this, and so to make it even worse for the Bat he switched the addresses on purpose, knowing he’d go after where he believed Rachel was. This is evidence of something else as well, that The Joker knows who Batman really is. When Batman is interrogating him The Joker says “You know for a while there, I thought you really were Dent. The way you threw yourself after her.” which is almost his way of saying “I figured it out.” It has been hypothesized many times that The Joker knows Batman is Bruce Wayne. In fact, in Batman RIP The Joker even sees Batman’s face. However, he acts like he thinks nothing of it. It is believed that The Joker knows Batman is Bruce Wayne, but simply doesn’t care, as he knows that Batman is the real man, and Bruce Wayne the mask.
I firmly believe that in The Dark Knight the Joker figures out Batman’s secret identity and knows what will happen if he kidnaps Rachel and Harvey and then switches the addresses on purpose. Rachel dies believing that Bruce more or less chose to let her die in favor of saving Harvey. Harvey loses the love of his life believing it was because of his “importance” in the fight against crime in Gotham. Bruce loses the love of his life believing the lie that she was going to be with him when he retired. Total mental and emotional destruction and the ruination of lives. Classic Joker and villainy at its finest.
Batman: I’ve carefully studied every Justice Leaguer, past and present and created contingency plans to neutralize you should that become necessary. Neutralize, not kill. The members of the Justice League are among the most powerful and potentially dangerous people on the planet.That’s why I developed plans for containing any of all members of the JLA should the need ever arise.
Superman: None of us would ever do that to you.
Batman: Then you’re damned fools.
Couple has really awesome Batgirl/Nightwing wedding cause they’re awesome.
WHO WANTS TO MARRY ME SO I CAN HAVE A GEEK WEDDING!?
EMILY. EMILY LOOK. IT’S OUR WEDDING. LOOK.
Shup up and take my money, take it all.
Harley Quinn <3
The Batman serenades Zatanna & the audience to free Wonder Woman from a spell.
Zatanna: Is there anything you can’t do?
Batman: There’s one thing I’ve never been very good at: saying “thank you”.
The baddest of all asses. If Chris Nolan had made the Dark Knight Returns.
OMG that would have been epic as fuck. Imagine Cavill Supes Vs Bale Batman. (With Arrow’s Oliver Queen lurking a top the rooftops of Gotham as Bat’s backup for the climax fight scene.) *Dead*
Have you heard about this Bruce Banner guy?
I hear he’s all the rage.