After watching Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, like most people, I enjoyed the well-made movie, without connecting it to reality, thinking that is just another fiction superhero film, where batman shows up in a fashionable ways, beats up criminals, make them look stupid, and saves the day like most previous batman movies, series and comic books. But popular culture reflects society, for example: Steve Schneider said “The 1966 Batman TV series, like most artifacts of its era, is commonly construed as a reaction to the JFK assassination”. Nonetheless most of us have a general idea about what’s right and wrong, good and bad, so pop culture not only reflects our society, but also influence and shape our views about different topics like law, legal institutions, justice, wars, what to expect and what is acceptable. So let’s say fifty years or more from now, people will look at The Dark Knight movie as an artifact, and relate it with whatever else is happening in the real world at that period of time, and since the film grossed more than $533 million in the United States only. “It is therefore a safe bet that more people have seen the film than will ever read law review articles or books about the war on terrorism.” John Ip said in his article: The dark knight’s war on terrorism, and that proves that popular culture is very effective and more direct in framing and influencing our point of views, including views about the war on terrorism and the legal issues that arise out of it.
In The Dark Knight, Batman must do battle with a terroristic Joker—a paradigm shift from the predictable criminals of his past. In order to locate this untraceable threat, he repeatedly oversteps the boundaries of legal...
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...ostly, and cause multiple complications that could take us into a never ending cycle of war, but there is a reaction to any action. Therefore, I believe in law, order and legality, but I also believe in peace, and in order to achieve peace and happiness, we have to sometimes make an exception in an “emergency situations”. And predict and accept whatever complications that might be created out of it. After all, the power is within the people, “that society ideally should not rely on heroic vigilantes that the people themselves need to show resoluteness and courage, and that, in the long run, the law— together with the legitimacy it confers — is not a liability, but an asset” (Ip). Like the test of morals the citizens took in the ferry scene, where they almost blew each other up to save themselves, but they didn’t, and that’s all the power we need to stop corruption.
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