white knight rebirth,forever
Dark Knight Rises. The original series of Batman were started with the inspiration from The Mark of Zorro where Diego transforms into a powerful Zorro. Diego had to use persona of Zorro when protecting the country because he could not do it as pure Zorro himself. In Korea, there is Gaksital, and using and changing these kinds of forms, there is Batman.
Trend of the early series by Tim Burton was his unique dreamlike distinctive characteristic, and with that, it was a bit darker and different from other heroes like lonely dark heroes. It was also supported as it was a good example of turning shadowed, dark part of humans into virtue. After, 34... let’s forget that. Anyway, what was Nolan trying to say? Why did the director used the title Dark Knight after Batman Begins? Of course it was a dark hero, but Nolan changed the meaning and symbols of Batman itself to his own styles. And I dare to say that what Nolan wanted to say was not about darkness. That was, I think, a light that looks like darkness, a misunderstood knight and a white knight who endured that fate. The catwoman says that there is no light, and does not understand why he goes into danger to save and protect, but the Batman says that he has not given everything yest.
Wayne’s dissipated appearance which came from spending his youth without his parents and facing many crimes in Gotham city hides the his self who studies the new energy and who endlessly supports the orphan. We admire him because he endures his agony, feels pity to those similar to himself, and facing Bane as Batman.
Bruce says he has a hope with Rachel and dreams Gotham city with peace, without crimes, even there is no Batman or no dark hero with a mask on. However, Rachel says that there is no such thing but if there is, she will be with Batman as a friend.
Wayne loved Rachel, but he knew he knew his situations with agony and darkness, so he chose Harvey; and Bruce also admits Harvey and supports him with hope and symbol of light. Harvey was a kind of his successor who can protect Gotham like a guardian or protector. Gordon admits Harvey as well, and decides to face the rival monster Joker, who tries to corrupt Gotham city and Batman. But he was not so easy.
A white knight. Gotham city is wanted to be peaceful, full of love, with bright energy, but the world is not that easy. It is lucky not being a horrible pit when all the cliques and people who fight for their benefits and who are greedy exist in the world. But is that the way the world is? Is it just a predator cage where people kill and step on others to live? Joker only sees that part of the world, goes crazy, tests himself to prove, and ridicules Batman. But look what happened in two ships in Gotham. Corrupted Gotham represents all the cities existing now in the world.
The rich becomes the target of hatred to the poor, and the rich laughs at them. Look at Wayne before looking at Batman. He has a great amount of wealth. What we need to look at is not only the symbol of Batman but also what his dissipated appearance had inside, his research on new energy which is environmentally friendly and not related to the nuclear (It is an extremely dangerous field. This is really studies all over the world in the present, but it is a hot potato that is intervened by many unseen hands and has a lot of checks.), his love towards children and donations. These show that the rich are not just evil and that they have things to do with their wealth. The noble are to give rather than to receive. -Albert Camus-
Batman tried to teach children to catch fish, not just give them, so that they do not be poor again. The police who try to arrest Batman and the adults who balme him... But the children know it by instinct. “Will he really come back?” A loose design of bat that is painted with a white chalk. What does it symbolize? Why do children and we watch with beating hearts when he is just a outloaw, a darkness, or a bat? What does he speak for? The shadows we have as we are excluded, slandered and feud... The suppressed desires and emotions in us.... Maybe Batman shows that those things inside us can turn into something else through symbol and sacrifice, not they just take charge, defy and become crimes. Integration and coexistence... Something heroic noble-mindedness... Through fights with Joker in the second series, Batman takes what he can do as a villain and disappears into a long road in Gotham.
There is no rule, but there should be self-made rules inside. Of course, righteousness and law are rules. But it means that there are no rules that are demanded or dogmatically pressured, not that they are to be violated. Follow your own rules and “don’t be trapped by dogma”-Steve Jobs. Harvey could not be Batman or a hero because he made the rule depend on one coin. Joker did not miss that little gap. Harvey had the cause and desire towards justice, but had weaknesses, and Joker did not miss that. Batman saw the gap by instinct, but it was too late.
Disappeared Batman after retirement, Wayne’s crippled life, Catwoman who came to him when he was hurt because of loss of Rachel... What revived Batman faced after rehabilitation was another successor of Ras’ Al Ghul and Bane who is dark (If it is to choose black or white, it is always white for you in the end. It is your destruction because you met me who choose black without a haste.-Shishio Makoto) and has great power, in one. Batman, who fights against him, was once a hero of darkness who never defeats in one on one fight, but he, who became a new symbole of Batman, failed in a fight with a real dark hero Bane, and gets locked in a unescapable dungeon. Then Bane destroys the city, sinks Gothm into a chaos and a dark pit, and all the cops and protectors get trapped. Did Gotham deserve it? Was it a penalty? The boy who sings the anthem sorrowfully and the people full of the stadium represent us. There is Gotham in that boy’s beautiful voice. However, there is definitely noble-mindedness representing the US which protects it from the evil even though the ground sinks and there is the bad side of capitalism and corruption. But Bane tries to destroy even that.
Bruce was a hero as Dark Knight and Batman. However, white knight Harvey that he tried to protect corrupts in the end, and Wayne plays the villain to protect that symbolism and the hopes of Gotham citizen. The title of the last episode is, after all, Dark Knight Rises; however, what I saw was, I think, White Knight Reverse. In that dark cave, where no one could get out, he realized that he was depending on the rope even though he was not afraid of death at all, so he finally “rises” without the rope and gets out.-I, myself, dropped tears and gave a clap- Setting foot on the last extremity... At that moment, human is not walking on the ground, but is rising and flying the sky, and success at the last great moral discovery.- In the end, the new bat car flies the sky, and returned Batman moves us makes our hearts beat. Then Bane says “That doesn’t make sense” seeing the bat with burning buildings.
That bat is not a bad but a phoenix which is our immortal soul and the mystery of the universe moving lively.. If you have thought a dark knight as a darkness or an outlaw, you have misunderstood it and are totally wrong. You are to be ridiculed. Effort, sacrifice and symbolism that does not yield to misunderstanding or prejudice. What Wayne, who has all the heroic things we think of, is a phoenex which rises from the ashes, totall changing its shadows and negative parts in hopeless moment wihout a rope.
“The cops are hero, rookies who imitates Batman against the evil. We are all heroes” is what Wayne said in the movie. This means an awakening of the citizens and cops through their growths, changes of Gotham and hardship. Do you expect a saint, a redeemer, a dictator or a great king or a great solver to get ride of all the sufferings and agonies? Didn’t Gordon denounce the cops who ran away? Are you going to run away from it or face it?. We all should be heroes. I do not mean to interfere in everything. What is democracy? What does it mean by the public being master of the country? It doe not mean to do as one pleases, but we all should have our senses as masters, through votes and participation, and have the way we should head through positively changing the country. Of course we need the government or the leaders, but we should rather see them as spokesperson, respect them, give opinions with righteous, rational discussions and compromise, not just unconditionally follow them.
Within noble vote and complying with legality, and through civil complaints and social movements and legal, peaceful protests, wielding rights of liberty and happiness (obligation is basics). I think all can, one day, be heroes, masters and redeemers to selves or others, within the borders they belong to, in the coming era. Maybe when the day comes, Batman will be no longer needed.
Batman changes from a dark knight to a while knight after the last hardship. What he could do following the phoenix, it was taking the dangerous nuclear weapon to the sea by himself, alone. That look. That sacrifice..... What did the blank looking children, who foolishly did not move because of customs and orders, see and think on that bridge? The look of the bat painting with a chalk...that white and white bat... The white bat which always came out at the last part of the trailer....that white bat.... That white bat which embroidered with buildings on the posters.... The lines did not come out in the movie, but what Nolan wanted to say was maybe the white knight reverse. Instead of corrupted Harvey, Batman, the dark knight, grew up once more, and it was the light which broke the darkness which was the results of enduring all the attacks, prejudice and misunderstanding, and the trust, belief through sacrifice and fights; and it was the light was a ray of light logos coming from the chaos and the sea. Maybe he was trying to present that...
The cops who changed their thoughts after looking him. The citizens who survived from the cruel destruction. And the children who saw the Batman’s lonely explosion and his look on the sea. The future of Gotham with those people will be different.
The crowd on that bridge must have instantly believed that Gotham will be something different after that explosion, and I dare to trust that hope. Maybe humans think that there is a world where everybody understands one another.
However, the most important thing is to trust-Naruto- like he said, I believe that there will be a day without Batman, without crimes and fights. The idealty always wins... Have people ever dreamt of democracy when it was all absolute monarchy in the past? There are many different kinds of idealities, but if people do not forget the noble-mindedness, sacrifice and public interest; try to change the dark knight into a goodness; and endure misunderstanding, jealousy and prejudice like a phoenix, it ignites the fire in our hearts and rises...... Everyone as a white knight makes the world where children, weak and strong people can live with peace.
Thank you, Nolan, for doing it. I will not forget it.
-white knight rebirth, forever.-