With a statement like that I’m really going to have to back up everything I say or run the risk of being burned at the stake by Christopher Nolan himself, so save all your judgement until you read it all, bunch of trolls.
So, let’s address the problem most people will have, it’s animated, and yes it is, very astute of you.
Lets break down the story into 4 main parts.
- The Jokers backstory
- Barbra Gordon becoming Oracle
- One bad day
- Batman snapped?
Okay, so the opening monologue to the movie sets the tone for the whole movie, read it and try not to get excited for it, I dare you.
“Hello. I came to talk. I’ve been thinking lately. About you and me. About what’s going to happen to us, in the end. We’re going to kill each other, aren’t we? Perhaps you’ll kill me. Perhaps I’ll kill you. Perhaps sooner. Perhaps later. I just wanted you to know that I’d made a genuine attempt to talk things over and avert that outcome. Just once. Are you listening to me? It’s life and death I’m discussing here. Maybe my death… maybe yours. I don’t fully understand why ours should be such a fatal relationship, but I don’t want your murder on my… hands…”
Okay! So the biggest villain in the DC universe started as a do gooder husband and father to be. He was used by a criminal gang, the put the red hood on him in some kind of robbery plan that was always destined to fail, let’s just say it all falls apart and Batman turns up. He goes to confront the man in the red hood, but he throws himself into a pool of chemicals, and in a moment taken straight from Shawshank Redemption The Joker finds himself in a lake outside the plant. But he doesn’t recognise his own reflection, Jack is dead, there is only The Joker.
And with a cruel snap back the current timeline we see Jim Gordon and Barbra enjoying each other company, being all happy, well we can’t have that, knock knock, and this isn’t the cheesy kind of knock knock jokes everyone loves, watch the movie and you’ll see what I mean.
My favourite monologue from the comic, possibly any comic;
“Memories can be vile. Repulsive little brutes, like children I suppose. But can we live without them? Memories are what our reason is based upon. If we can’t face them, we deny reason itself! Although, why not? We aren’t contractually tied down to rationality. There is no sanity clause. So when you find yourself locked down in an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember: There’s always madness. You can just step outside and close the door, and all those dreadful things that happened, you can lock them away. Madness… is an emergency exit”
That combined with the images and the maniacal laugh of the Joker is enough to drive any man mad.
The ending, oh the ending. Apparently you need to leave them wanting more, and like a fat guy at McDonald’s I want more.
“Don’t you understand? I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t want either of us to end up killing the other. But we’re both running out of alternatives… and we both know it. Maybe it all hinges on tonight. Maybe this is our last chance to sort this bloody mess out. If you don’t take it, then we’re both locked onto a suicide course. Both of us. To the death. It doesn’t have to end like that. I don’t know what it was that bent your life out of shape, but who knows? Maybe I’ve been there too. Maybe I can help. We could work together. I could rehabilitate you. You needn’t be out there on the edge anymore. You needn’t be alone. We don’t have to kill each other. What do you say?”
So the verdict, going on IMDB score I predict a 9/10, think I’m wrong? Agree? Feel free to comment or follow us on Twitter @ nerdhubonline