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Bush and Batman Are Alike

Batman and Bush — Actually More Alike Than Knight and Day?

If you caught The Dark Knight already, you might want to go back for a second look — did you know you may have been watching a flick all about George W. Bush? According to this WSJ op-ed, it's true:

There seems to me no question that the Batman film The Dark Knight, currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war.

The piece alleges that all movies with conservative values are fantasy flicks like 300 and that conservatives need to confront issues from their view point head-on. In current realistic depictions of terrorism:

The good guys become indistinguishable from the bad guys, and we end up denigrating the very heroes who defend us . . . Doing what's right is hard, and speaking the truth is dangerous.

So Bush wins and he's a hero? Is he George "Caped Crusader" Bush? Perhaps, it's not such a great thing. To see why,


Resident expert Buzz concurs that The Dark Knight is indeed an allegory for our time, but our time is complicated:

We're reminded that sometimes evil simply exists for no good reason. It taps into a very real, basic, and horrible fear: that in this world where terrorism could lurk anywhere, where chaos and war and murder exist, we struggle continuously to figure out "why?"

The WSJ argues that Batman is Bush precisely because he's shown in dogged pursuit of evil, that it's the mark of a true hero. Though if one takes that argument in the whole scope of the movie, perhaps the Bush/man comparison isn't so flattering?

Batman spends the movie thinking he can conquer the Joker because he has faith in the clear definition between good and evil — and to this end, he utterly fails. Batman misunderstands the evil. There is no success to be had in Gotham using his plan. As Batman spirals into his quixotic quest for the Joker, he turns on everyone around him, spying and wiretapping his way to paranoia.

Though perhaps the comparison between the two is accurate, maybe it's not as flattering a depiction as the piece would like. But in the end, maybe Batman isn't Bush — maybe he's all of us.

That said, can you tell the difference between the two?

Is Bush really like Batman?


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