Originally Posted by Sebastian OB
TDK thoughtfully explores many ideas, the primary one being the complicated grey area of morality in a post 911 America. Like most good art, it isn't about having a "point" per se, but it is about exploring ideas and letting the viewer draw their own conclusions. I think what makes it unique and resonant as a superhero movie is that superheroes and villains are characters that traditionally operate with a black and white morality, so to put these archetypes up against such a morally conflicted background makes for a challenging and operatic morality play. It's an apporach that revolutionized crime films back in the 70's and 80's, so to update it to a superhero setting in the 00's seems like a natural throughline, as those films are the clear cinematic antecedents to TDK. I also think that it is just a good, entertaining story, which at the end of the day is the real "point".
And to pinpoint why it's entertaining is because it's engaging. It's just different. No other filmmaker has done this before with a story based on much more ridiculous fare. But honestly, when a kid picks up a Batman comic, even today, do you really think they view it has simple-minded fun or do they take the character deadly seriously?
It works here because it's inherit to the source material. It's given a way to be. Whereas you have the new Spider-Man coming out, riding on the coat-tales of Dark Knight's statistics and it just doesn't feel right. It was manufactured. Not an organic or thematic conclusion of creativity.
I love the simple black and white morality stories like the next guy. Star Wars is great fun. Indiana Jones is great fun. There's just something more I can chew on with Nolen's Batman that no other recent superhero film has been able to feed me. And having watch the Rises trailer for the upteenth time, I can feel the adrenaline pumping to the end of an incredibly layered, and emotional story I've been attached to for 7 years.
EDIT: Also in response to Shumacher's way of directing, "Remember, this is a cartoon," even Steven Spielberg said that in order to make Raiders of the Lost Ark he had to believe it. He believed that there were Nazis chasing after a real God-possessed ark and Indiana Jones was this gun-slinging archeologist. He took it seriously in spite of the fact that the whole thing is based off 30's pulp stories.
Edited by Carnotaur3 - 5/2/12 at 4:53pm