The hype for what is, most likely, going to be the biggest movie of 2012 (The Dark Knight Rises) is really starting to crank up. The newest poster of Bane with the erie words ‘The legend ends’ has been the talk of many blogs, as well as, the strange website that repeats some form of encrypted message.  There is also the recenlty released trailer, which you can watch below, that has received millions of hits. We are still several months away from the release of this film, yet many are discussing it as if it were being released next weekend.

I have always been a big fan of the Dark Knight, even the Adam West Bruce Wayne/Batman. Therefore, I am eagerly anticipating the release of the latest Batman. However, looking back to the second installment of the newest reboot, I would like to highlight one aspect of the Capped Crusader I appreciated.  But first, check out the newest trailer.

At the end of The Dark Knight (there will be some spoilers here) Lt. Gordon explains to his son why Batman is running from the police. His son is curious, because he knows Batman is bringing justice to the city of Gotham, even though it is vigilante justice. Lt. Gordon says, “Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.” Although the Gordon family knows Batman is a ‘good guy’, they allow him to be portrayed as the ‘bad guy’ or ‘dark knight’ in order to deliver the city of Gotham. This got me thinking.

In Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia, he makes this statement (3:10-14):

For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written,”Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

I have heard many complaints about The Dark Knight being such a ‘dark’ film. And I agree, there is some rather graphic content in the film and it does carry a gritty tone throughout. However, it’s our job, as Christians, to discern on whether or not to view a film, but when we do, mine the depths of truth that are there. To me, although The Dark Knight is a gritty film, I feel this is such a great parallel to Christ.

Batman, although flawed and employing vigilante justice, is still a picture of a savior. He is a savior attempting to deliver Gotham City from its corruption, however, he is misunderstood. Some of the citizens hate him, the media hates him, and even the police hate him. It’s interesting that it’s the evil criminals of the city that actually know who he is. They hate him, but for the right reason. They hate him because he’s bringing justice and expelling corruption. Batman is a hero who is misunderstood. He is a hero who gets the name ‘The Dark Knight’, because of this misunderstanding. He is a hero, who becomes a curse with the hopes of delivering a city from corruption…sound familiar?

Christians have a greater Hero who was also misunderstood. We have a Man who was familiar with sorrows (1 Peter 2:19), One who was not unable to sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb. 4:15), One who was betrayed by those closest to him (Matt. 26:69ff), and One who became a curse for his people in order to deliver them to life everlasting. The Dark Knight is but a small picture of what the True Hero, Jesus Christ, does for the citizens of his Eternal City.

  1. Sean Bland says:

    Great article. I had thought that before but wasn’t sure if it was the right idea.

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