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Old 02-18-2013, 09:15 PM   #176
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Default Re: Why did the League of Shadows want to destroy a peaceful city?

The thing is TDKR addresses things about the world that aren't going away any time soon. The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer is not something that Batman can punch in the face.

However, what we have at the end of TDKR is a Gotham that is, with any luck, a bit more united having narrowly survived near obliteration, and inspired by the acts of heroism by the police and the Batman.

As Keaton said, "It's not a perfect world." But the hope is it can slowly become a better world. These are things the movie can allude to and suggest, but there's only so far it can go with it while staying credible. It can't just cut to Gotham 100 years later prospering. That's why we need to have Blake ready to assume the mantle if need be. The cynic in us (and Nolan) knows that as much as we want the world to improve, evil is always lurking around the corner, threatening to rear its ugly head.

On the other hand, the events of the film are so extreme that it makes you wonder if Gotham might actually be able to rebuild itself better this time around. I like to think so. Gotham fell so it could learn to pick itself up.

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