Hat tip to Scott V. for sending along these competing Batman reviews. They remind us just how strong the partisan lens can be. Read both reviews and return to tell us which one you liked better.

The Dark Knight: The End of the 911 Meta-narrative

The Dark Knight: What Bush and Batman Have in Common


  • kristen

    This reminds me of the whole Star Wars parallels made to our government. Some saw the overthrow of the Republic and the take over by the Lord Sith somehow resembled our government. Kind of a stretch, considering most of this was written a LONG time ago.

    I thought the second analysis was more accurate…..but then again, I’m conservative. I particularly liked the phrase: “….sometimes men must kill in order to preserve life; that sometimes they must violate their values in order to maintain those values”. Liberals don’t see that. They seem to be willing to let Islamofascists take multiple shots at us w/o us fighting back…..and that somehow holding ‘peace talks’ will pacify our enemies. Yet these same liberals have no problem with killing an unborn child.

  • ShawnN

    I agree more with Michael Dudley’s interpretation of the movie. It may not be the exact message we were supposed to take away, it may even be just an action movie with no allegories intended. But after watching it, I came to this certain conclusion: Batman is a liberal. He should have run the Hell over the Joker when he had the chance. Instead, he pulled a Patrick and deliberately missed because of some arbitrary self imposed rule of sparing all life at all costs. No conservative would have done that. Dick Cheney would have run him over, threw it in reverse, backed over him and then shot him with a shotgun. Batman? No, he misses on purpose, almost gets himself killed, succeeds in getting his true love killed as well as several others later on, all because he wouldn’t take the Joker out when he had the chance. Note to Batman: When you have a bad guy in the process of destroying your city with no intention of surrendering, its okay to kill them. You do not need to consult the rules of engagement. A bad guy, with bad makeup and a machine gun is all you need to know before you run them down.

    I still enjoyed the movie. Before I saw it, I thought the talk of Heath Ledger’s performance was all hype. After seeing it, I think he will go down as the greatest villian of all time. He was both chilling and fascinating.

    • kristen

      Too funny. I myself wondered why Batman didn’t just take the Joker out. But at the same time, he’s not a true liberal. He does kill others (by accident) and doesn’t lament over them. And the fact that he’s ready and willing to do something about crime rather than politicize over it or let the lethargic bureaucracy handle it, marks him a conservative. Hmmm, he’s playing both sides….

      Thanks for the laugh ;-)

  • RedstateEddio

    The 9/11 meta-narrative? Is this what liberals think up in their spare time when they’re not watching MSDNC? Oh my…

    I agree that both writers approached the movie from their own perspective, interpreting the movie from their own context. But when you have a movie that is complex and not just 2-D, this can be the reaction. I’m sure the producers are excited about all the buzz created like this post.

    I also think that any way that libs can exult in the departure of their own hated nemesis, the jokenator and name conjure-upper himself, then they celebrate and read things through that lens.

    I think the one writer made a great point: the paradox of showing strength to ensure peace, “hatred” to show love, power to secure freedom, is a paradox that escapes most libs. They were reluctant to enter Afghanistan, much less Iraq, and the squeemish collective “guilt” they’ve carried has weighed heavily on them, and they just want it tossed off as immediately as possible. Hence the immediate pullout reflex to all things Iraq/Afghan.

  • Troy La Mana

    I would say it’s a combination of both.. the two-headed coin.

  • Brian H

    The “End of the 9/11 Meta-Narrative”?

    What movie did this guy watch?

  • Pdiddy

    no matter how much we all deny it, there’s no separating our political views from the way we view EVERYTHING

  • Eric

    Haven’t seen the film yet, but here are some things that were true before the Bush admin and 911.

    The Bruce Wayne character was always a dark, vengefully obsessed vigilante who uses less than upright means to deal with bad guys. Americans love the rule of law, but at the same time we love heroes who don’t mess around when it’s time to take out the trash. We love Batman because he represents the conflict of regular (non-super power) people who would love to don a cool costume with really cool gear and rage against evil with extreme prejudice. Batman is not left or right; he is the conflict.

    The willingness of these writers to interpret the film as they did shows, as Jason wrote, “just how strong the partisan lens can be.” It reminds me of when Obi-Wan was against the war in Iraq and when The Lord of the Rings was a movie about the environment. A bit of a stretch.

  • Yeszir

    Very interesting and telling of how predispositions can affect interpretation. Great movie too.

    I wish Hollywood would stay out of politics though, commenting imitating or otherwise. There is hardly a group on earth i am less interested in getting political opinions from. Period.