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Similarities Between The Dark Knight And The 9/11 Attacks

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Introduction:
In 2005 Christopher Nolan spearheaded the commercial re-boot of the Batman franchise with the movie Batman Begins, the movie achieved wide critical acclaim, and, subsequently generated, talk of a sequel. In the summer of 2008, after a vast amount of advertising and viral marketing, the highly anticipated sequel was finally released. The film 'The Dark Knight' grossed almost $67,165,092 in its first day and went on to break countless box office records. Later the next year the film won 2 Oscars and was nominated for a further 6, one award won was the 'Best Supporting Actor' award which the late Heath Ledger posthumously received, for his portrayal of the 'Joker'. Due to Ledger's untimely death the film gained even more publicity and Heath's performance was spotlighted, many people thought this might take the focus off what might be a great film and onto Ledger's performance alone. The film was released, and, although Ledger's performance was nothing short of astonishing the spotlight and focus was not taken off the film itself and the movie subsequently gained wide, and thoroughly deserved, critical acclaim. In my opinion an exceptional solo performance isn't capable of taking focus off a good film if it is itself worthy of credit, the performance is simply a different aspect of the film.

''Nevertheless, according to Gustin Wyatt (1994), sometimes a stars uniqueness functions as 'excess', uncoupled from either plot or character development, as with Jack Nicholson's quirky turn as the Joker in Batman (1989)''. (Pam Cook: 2007, p.131).

This statement being even more relevant with Heath Ledgers performance. Both Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) were released after the terrorist attacks of September the eleventh 2001, as were numerous amounts of other comic book movie adaptations, more so than were ever released before. The number of movies adapted from comic books has, in recent years, become more and more popular, and more comic book films are being released now than in the past. In this essay I will explore the reasons why this pattern has emerged and potential reasons for 'the prevalence of comic book adaptations in post 9/11 cinema'.

The Dark Knight:
Throughout The Dark Knight the terrorist attacks of 9/11 are continuously mirrored; terrorism as an overall theme is also reflected throughout the movie, Phillip French of the Guardian newspaper states that The Dark Knight shows us a 'post 9/11 Manichaean view of the world'. Even within the initial marketing of the film and in the various viral campaigns employed, we see reflections of the 9/11 attacks on New York. In one of the main advertising posters for the movie we see the protagonist Batman standing in the fore ground of the picture, in front of a huge sky scraping building, not unfamiliar to one of the Twin Towers, the top of the building is ablaze, with; brick, ash and various pieces of shrapnel falling to the ground. With this powerful image we,...

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