Originally Posted by FeedOnATreeFrog
We know Talia feels revenge on a personal level, and Bane feels a need to honour Ra's, but on the surface level, what is it that the League officially states as their reasoning? is it:
A: their idea of justice? For the corrupt, a slow death is deserved? "Justice is balance"?
B: their idea of justice against Bruce? Revenge against he who betrayed them, stood in the way of true justice and killed their leader. Poisoning Gotham's souls is only for the sake of torturing Bruce.
or C: their idea of sending a message to the western world?
Is it several of these?
The League's goals became skewed and mutated under the leadership of Bane and Talia.
Under Ra's it was more clear. Crime, despair, injustice... Eradicate it. All of it. By any means necessary.
But Ra's was doing it only as a function of the greater whole of the League of Shadows... He was doing it as they had done it for centuries, no more no less. So in the end, Ra's was destroying Gotham not because he wanted to -- but because he felt that he HAD to for the greater good of the world...
Bane and Talia took this goal, but perverted it with revenge. They didn't simply want to destroy Gotham for the greater good of anybody. They were using Ra's al Ghuls' original mission as a thinly veiled excuse to reach their own selfish goals... for their own selfish reasons.
Sure, was Gotham still corrupt? Yes.
Was Gotham as bad as it was in Batman Begins
Bane wanted to destroy Gotham to prove that he was worthy of having been saved by Ra's -- or to prove that he should have never been excommunicated from the League originally, or that he was even Ra's' better...
Talia wanted to destroy Gotham to honor her father and to avenge his death and kill Bruce...
Neither of these were 100% inline with the original goals of the League. Vanity, hubris and pride perverted what was once a selfless mission that the League had...