Written by Aryan Sanctuary
The Dark Knight, released 2008, I consider to be one of the best-made movies of the 2000s, a pleasant surprise following the rubbish that was Batman Begins. Christian Bale’s portrayal of Batman is my favourite among all the actors whom I have seen play the character, and Heath Ledger puts on the performance of a lifetime as the Joker. The atmosphere of the movie captures very well the darkness inside which more and more of the world now feels it lives as the optimism of the 90s moves further and further into the past, and the story deals with numerous political ideas relevant to our times.
To qualify this, let me begin by stating that I am not that big a fan of comic-book-originated superheroes as a whole, and for a specific reason: their stories are generally not allowed to have a definitive ending. The Gotham City mythos, for example, is about Batman fighting crime but never actually ending it. (The real-life pragmatic reason for this is so that DC can milk the franchise for as long as it is profitable. This is how capitalism poisons art.) Indeed, to defend this type of perpetual (and thus ultimately pointless) storytelling, characters who could establish a better society are required to be denigrated.
In The Dark Knight, this is seen in the portrayal of Brian, the Batman copycat. He is portrayed as physically ugly, fat, incompetent and with a ridiculous costume that even Batman disses: “I’m not wearing hockey pads.” He is told by Batman: “Don’t let me find you out here again!” and “I don’t need help!”
Bruce Wayne later repeats this assertion to Alfred: “That [ie. people like Brian] wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I said I wanted to inspire people.” Brian is later captured by the Joker and tortured to death, and his corpse is hung from the side of a skyscraper. His death is the most gruesome in the whole movie. And why? Because he was actually trying to follow Batman’s example. So the underlying message is: “Yes, Batman is cool, but don’t you try emulating him. Not only will your own hero diss you, but you will end up dead, fast.”
The truth is, if enough people like Brian made the effort, there is no reason why Gotham City could not be cleaned up once and for all. This, however, would contradict the Gotham City mythos (and DC’s desire for continued profit). This is why Jewish-created comic-book superheroes are never fully satisfying to the Aryan mind, because the superheroes – despite all the villains they apparently defeat – never actually succeed in creating a better world. (The Joker himself notices this, saying to Batman: “I think you and I are destined to do this forever.”) Even if such superheroes existed in real life, it would not be them who will create a better world here either, which is why Jews do not mind them being glorified. The people they cannot permit to be glorified are people like Brian, ordinary people who care, and who really can change the world if enough of us united and organized.
Setting aside this one point, though, The Dark Knight nevertheless contains excellent social commentary and ethical positives, characterizing and contrasting well the two sides of the conflict, which is what the remainder of this review focuses on.
The special significance of Batman as a superhero is that he has no superpowers at all. What he has instead is a lot of money. Wayne exemplifies one of the few ways to spend money positively: not to try to fund change from within the system, which inevitably plays right back into the enemy’s hands (more on this later), but to acquire the means with which we can work outside the system – in his case advanced weapons, armour and vehicles that give him the ability to fight crime in person as Batman, and to himself avoid apprehension by the police after doing so. An example of Batman’s effectiveness is provided early in the movie. Lau relocated to China to use the defence of national boundaries against criminal justice (similar to how Jews on more than 100 occasions have repeatedly found countries willing to take them in as they escape from other countries after profiting dishonestly there). Batman’s response is to ignore boundary-based bureaucracy and capture Lau himself. In the Joker’s words: “Batman has no jurisdiction.” In contrast to the rightist approach of deportation as a ‘solution’ to crime, which really means deliberately endangering other countries with the very same criminals that rightists do not want in their own countries, Batman demonstrates moral universalism by seeing a duty to bring back to Gotham City even criminals who have fled from it on their own initiative (and hence by definition would have no further local victims), in order that they both face prosecution for their past crimes and are prevented from repeating their crimes on victims elsewhere. Batman would surely disdain the rightist argument: “Lau continuing his criminal career in China is not a problem, since all his future victims will be Chinese.”
The foil to Batman is Harvey Dent, who is trying to work within the system, and his devolution into Two-Face as the story progresses. The descent begins almost as soon as Wayne decides to promote Dent, and we were never really surprised that it would happen as the Joker’s side continues to win (even when the Joker himself at times appears to be captured or defeated) via his own agents who are also embedded within the system. This is something that those well-meaning people who believe exclusively in working within the system often forget: they are not the only ones doing so – the enemy work inside the system also, but at the same time work outside the system. When one side works only inside the system while the other side works both inside and outside, the former should expect to lose.
The Joker himself is not so much an individual villain as the embodiment of the times. It is implied that we should not try analyzing him as a person early on when he tells multiple conflicting backstories about himself. The movie also deliberately leaves out explanations of how the Joker manages to coordinate his agents, thereby making it feel as though everything just fell into place naturally. This is further reinforced by the opening scene where each masked bank robber kills the one before him, leaving only one alive at the end, who only then removes his mask and reveals himself to be the Joker. As such, we cannot dismiss the movie by thinking that none of it would have happened if the Joker hadn’t shown up; the point is, when the people as a whole have sunken low enough, the events of the movie become a matter of course. If you understand the Joker as a collective archetype, you will see his face behind the barbarism that has been spreading through the real world this decade, and about to spill over into the next. Zionists might have been responsible for the false-flag terror attacks, but Zionists cannot force people to condone the insane invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in response; the Joker was the one who did that. Zionists might be funding the EDL and all the other so-called ‘defence leagues’ and all the Islamophobic political parties, but Zionists cannot force people to join them or vote for them; the Joker is the one doing that. In his words: “Madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push.”
It all culminates in the “social experiment” scene, where the Joker gives the passengers on each boat the option of detonating the other boat to save themselves, or risk the other boat possibly doing the same to them. Even more poignantly, he has set it up asymmetrically, so that one boat contains convicted prisoners while the other contains ordinary civilians. As the Joker explains: “So, who’s it going to be: Harvey Dent’s most wanted scumbag collection, or the sweet and innocent civilians? You choose… oh, and you might want to decide quickly, because the people on the other boat might not be so noble.”
This is a classic Zionist tactic, symbolized by the Freemasonic black-and-white chequered chessboard: when you want to start a war, divide people into White Pawns and Black Pawns such that White Pawns believe Black Pawns are intrinsically evil, and Black Pawns believe White Pawns will insist they are evil no matter how they behave. This is the division that makes empathy between the two sides most difficult. We and other anti-Zionists have been exposing this trick for years. Then, we see the democratic foolishness of the military crew trying to let the passengers vote on the issue.
Simultaneously, we have the police SWAT team surrounding the Joker’s building and talking about: “taking out the clowns and saving the hostages”, while Batman, who is inside the building, realizes: “The SWATs are attacking the wrong people. The clowns are the hostages.” (Sounds familiar? You’ve probably read it here ten times before referring to Muslims and other Zionist-designated scapegoat minority groups.) But it all happens too quickly, and Batman ends up having to fight both the Joker’s henchmen and the SWAT team at the same time just to save the hostages. This is what we are trying to avoid having to do, by the way.
Of course, because it is a movie, the passengers end up making the correct choice of refusing to press the button, but as I watch the news every day and read enemy blogs every day, I wonder if we can find enough people in reality willing to do the same.
Miecz requested that I update this post for reposting at SoE. Looking back at the movie again today, the Joker’s speech to Dent in the hospital becomes ever more chilling for its widespread accuracy: “Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even when the plan is horrifying.” Back in the 2000s, it was bad enough seeing the lack of public panic in response to Israel’s overtly planned, but horrifying treatment of Palestinians. Today we additionally see the same lack of public panic in response to Trump’s planned, but horrifying treatment of undocumented Americans; or to Viktor Orban’s planned, but horrifying treatment of refugees; or to Aung San’s planned, but horrifying treatment of Rohingya. Instead, people are effortlessly thrown into panic again and again by events that do not APPEAR to be planned (but in fact certainly are, merely covertly), such as false flag terror attacks invariably blamed on Muslims (and nowadays typically believed without demand for evidence).
Reality had a chance to follow the movie, but it did not. The detonation button has already been pressed. To use just the refugee crisis as an example, far more people have drowned in the Mediterranean alone than were killed in 9/11. All these drownings could have been easily prevented, but were not – not just not by the openly anti-refugee states, but not even by the states which claim to care about refugees, because even these states are too intimidated by their own anti-refugee majorities to take the rescue effort more seriously. As the Joker said: “Their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these… these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.”
As of 2017, we are going round that curve. It is too late for prevention. We can only hope to one day cure it, and cure is harder than prevention. But cure begins with acknowledging sickness. We have to acknowledge that we live in the Joker’s world now, and may well remain stuck in such a world for the rest of our lives.
The best we can do now is to maintain at all costs our memories of the times when the world was not like this, so that we remain convinced that the Joker’s world is not the only possible world, for only then can we convince others of this, and hopefully get enough people to build that other world back up all over again.
Bruce Wayne: People are dying, Alfred. What would you have me do?
Alfred Pennyworth: Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They’ll hate you for it, but that’s the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice.
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