The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight ★★★★★

"This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever."

Today is officially the 81st birthday of the Caped Crusader. What better way to celebrate him than watching this masterpiece and reading some of his best comics? I particularly recommend "The Long Halloween" and "Batman Incorporated" as they challenge perceptions of Bruce Wayne and his capacity for righteousness. In addition to the more iconic storylines, obviously.

Thank you to Bob Kane and Bill Finger for creating these characters that have endured for so long and inspired generations of readers and fans. And thank you to Christopher Nolan for adapting them to the screen in such a beautiful and humanizing way. Not to discredit Tim Burton or Adam West or even Joel Schumacher, but it feels like the closest thing to bringing him into the real world.

And of course, Heath Ledger gives one of the best performances of any film in history, regardless of genre. I've been seeing recently that a lot of people are starting to agree with what he says about the thin veneer of civilization and morality, especially with COVID-19 creating chaos worldwide. But I believe that he's wrong because so many people have been putting themselves forward for the betterment of mankind. The Joker should never be allowed to be right.

Like "The Dark Knight" said, sometimes people deserve to have their faith in good and humanity rewarded.

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