Are Batman and Bush Alike?

An editor from The Wall Street Journal just published an interesting article on how the The Dark Knight is an homage to the Bush administration. Here’s the full article. Here’s a little excerpt from the article:

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. Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.

Even if you don’t agree with the opinions of the author, it’s hard to deny some of the similarities between the character of Batman and Gerorge W. Bush.

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2 Responses

  1. Fascinating. Perhaps my enjoying this movie over wall-e is the fact that deep down in the recesses of my brain I am a republican hellbent on ending the war on terror, rather than a tree hugging pacifist.

    But I will still vote Obama.

  2. “Holy W, Batman! You’re like Bush?”

    I read the Wall Street Journal’s piece comparing the trials and tribulations of Batman to those of President Bush. Wow! Was that a bat signal in the sky, or the letter “W?” I found the comparison interesting but have my own opinions about heroes and battles against evil.

    On the rope of life, heroes climb above their weakest point, putting themselves at risk for the benefit of others. Love, compassion, duty and honor call them forth and they respond. Still, even heroes on a worthwhile quest against evil must search their own hearts for smoldering embers of hate or vengeance that could influence their actions and bring dishonor and disaster. We are only human. Heroes or not, we often fight our deadliest battles against ourselves and the best way to tame our dark, snarling inner desires is to flood those beasts with light.

    We live in the real world, one with presidents and CEO’s but no superheroes of fantasy fame. Public awareness and debate about all sides of political and social issues must comprise the beams of light in our darkened skies. And we should all vote according to the signals in which we believe. That “W” stands for “We, the people,” if we let it.

    Laurel Anne Hill
    Author of “Heroes Arise,” a parable about the necessity and complexity of breaking the cycle of vengeance. (KOMENAR Publishing, October 2007)

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