Batman Marathon

Posted: July 19, 2012 by jperritt in Action, Drama
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As The Dark Knight Rises opens at local theaters, the hype will soon descend. Now that all the movie-goers have a chance to see the Capped-Crusader, the mystery and hype over the last several years will soon be disappearing, but not yet!

Today, along with many of the youth at Pear Orchard, I will be participating in something many across the world will be doing – a Batman marathon. We will be gathering in our youth room watching Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, prior to seeing the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. I have heard of various theaters hosting Batman marathons, which affirms we won’t be alone in this unique form of fellowship.

However, our marathon might somewhat differ from others taking place. I will be highlighting some of the biblical parallels in the two previous films, as well as, raising some possible parallels in The Dark Knight Rises. Now most of those parallels from TDKR will be speculation, because I intentionally didn’t read anything about it (I hardly watched the trailers). Below I have highlighted some possible talking points, be sure and check out my other two posts on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, that will speak in a bit more detail.

One last thing; I hope to post on The Dark Knight Rises Friday or Saturday. Since I’ll be seeing the movie at midnight, I will be pretty tired so the post may be somewhat late. However, be sure to check back at the blog or via twitter/Facebook to be notified of the post.

Here are some themes to watch for:

The Will of the Father – Most everyone knows that Thomas & Martha Wayne (Bruce’s parents) were murdered in Batman Begins. Their death motivates Bruce to fight against corruption. Similar to Jesus’ primary focus being on the fulfillment of his Father’s will, Bruce often mentions his father’s will when speaking of Gotham and its restoration.

The Trinity – I’m not saying this is perfect by any means, but I’ve often noticed that Christian Bale’s acting is overlooked, because he’s basically playing three roles. He plays the Bruce Wayne we see behind closed doors, the arrogant Bruce Wayne the public sees, and Batman. Batman is clearly the savior of the film and he’s three persons…it may be a stretch but something I’ve noticed.

Sacrifice – Bruce Wayne sacrifices his riches and reputation for Gotham. If you remember, his house is burned and he acts like a jerk to his guests at his party in order to save their lives. Christ left his throne of infinite riches and hung on a cross in between two criminals.

Choosing Poverty – Bruce Wayne chooses poverty, leaving Wayne Manor and his possessions. Jesus Christ entered into poverty by choosing a body that could bleed and a life of pain and brokenness.

Becoming a Curse – Although Batman is a hero attempting to save Gotham from destruction, he is misunderstood and labeled a villain. Christ, too, was a hero people misunderstood. He became a curse for His people to redeem them from the curse.

Harvey Dent/Two-Face – This character could represent the warfare inside all believers. As Christians, our old self, or flesh, has been crucified with Christ, but it still makes war within us.

Resurrection – I don’t know much about The Dark Knight Rises, but I know that the story takes place 8 years after the second film, and I believe Batman has been in hiding since then. One could say that Gotham city crucified their Savior, but now he is resurrecting (hence the title of the third film) to fight crime.

Darkness – The theme of darkness and corruption runs through each of these films. This concerns many Christians, and rightly so. However, this is an accurate depiction of the world we live in. Since we live in a broken, fallen, dark world, we must not be afraid of accurate portrayals of that darkness. Darkness can actually assist us to better understand holiness. Please read this quote from Dr. Russell Moore:

But just as dangerous as darkness-reveling, I think, are novels that are darkness-avoiding. Flannery O’Connor’s writing is quite dark, but it is so because she believes in the Devil, and in the Fall, and in humanity as it is. Novels that avoid the horror of human existence in this time between Eden and New Jerusalem can reinforce a Christian’s tendency to Pelagianism. The Christian gospel isn’t “clean” and “safe” and “family-friendly.” It comes to its narrative climax at a bloody Place of the Skull and in a borrowed grave.

Again, here are some themes I can remember from the film. It’s been some time since I’ve seen these films, so I may repost some other thoughts after watching them again. Enjoy all the hype this movie has to offer, but don’t forget to watch it through the lens of Scripture.

  1. Thanks for your post! I look forward to your forthcoming review. I recently saw The Dark Knight Rises. It’s my least favorite of the three films, and The Dark Knight is my favorite. But I thought The Dark Knight Rises was still quite enjoyable.

  2. By the way, I can’t seem to find the quote at the moment, but I recently read Nolan himself say his overarching theme for the first film was fear, for the second chaos, and for the third pain.

  3. Part of the reason I most enjoyed The Dark Knight is because I think a superhero is oftentimes only as good as his supervillain foil, and I thought Nolan and Ledger did a fantastic job with Batman’s arch nemesis the Joker.

  4. reyjacobs says:

    “Novels that avoid the horror of human existence in this time between Eden and New Jerusalem can reinforce a Christian’s tendency to Pelagianism.”

    That lots of evil stuff is being done by people doesn’t mean we are born incapable of doing anything but sinning, or put the other way around incapable of avoiding sin. Yes, there are plenty of wicked people, and yes even the best of people commit little sins. But Jesus says “A good man out of the good treasure of his hear brings forth good things. An evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil things.” Everyone is not the same. Some are good; some are bad. Enter the parable of the NET: A fisherman put out a net, caught lots of fish or all types, went to shore and picked out the good from the bad, kept the good, tossed the bad back. So it will be at the end, Jesus say (this is in Matthew), for the angels will separate the unrighteous from the righteous and toss them into hell. Ok, so there’s both good and bad people. Does this disprove Pelagianism? No. Pelagius didn’t say everyone is good; he said we have the ability to be either. Jesus says the same. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

    • jperritt says:


      Thanks so much for your thoughts. I’m not exactly sure if I’m following you correctly, but it sounds like you may be misunderstanding our sinful nature (I could be mistaken). I am not saying that we are unable to do anything but evil, however, the only good we can do comes from God’s common grace he bestows on creation. The Scriptures you are referring to – those who are good/bad – does not mean there are good people b/c our hearts are dark and there is no one who does good (Rom. 3). There was only One good Person and that was Jesus Christ. By faith in him, we are seen as good. Not based on anything we have done, but based on the finished work of Jesus.

      I hope this helps to clarify.

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