Wopperer, Barbara: "“I believe whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you … stranger”. Discourses of terrorism and counter-terrorism in The Dark Knight." In: Reconstruction 11.4 (2011)<http://reconstruction.e ... sues/114/Wopperer.shtml>.
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Keywords: "Batman", Adaptation, Ethics, Film adaptation, Politics, Superhero, Terrorism, USA
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Christopher Nolan’s Batman film The Dark Knight was viewed by a wide range of commentators as a depiction of contemporary terrorism, pivoting on iconic villain The Joker. Perhaps surprisingly, a mainstream superhero movie has made an accidental (?) intervention in the ongoing discussion of counterterrorism and its ethical restraints. A close reading of various scenes in the movie reveals an upfront debate over means and ends, civil society and the state. Moreover, the moral discourse in The Dark Knight suggests a response to timeless ethical considerations rather than the more historically specific reference points of its recent admirers.
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