I am of the opinion that the dark knight trilogy fails in its depiction of Batman.
In my opinion, there are a few core characteristics every Batman should have.
should never kill. Or in the case of Batman Begins, choose to let his
villains die. This is different than accidental deaths or ones he's
unable to prevent.
- He should be compassionate. Not just when it
benefits him or when it will help him "get the girl". He cares for his
villains at the bare minimum and wants them to get help. In some cases,
he has actual friendships and relationships with them. Think Two-Face,
Catwoman, Talia al Ghul
Batman Begins seems like it
wanted to do some sort of arc where Batman learns to have compassion
towards his villains. It even goes as far as having Bruce directly tell
the audience that he feels for a lot of small-time/petty criminals
because he's been in situations where he had to steal.
where that thesis falls apart is that he's never shown being
compassionate towards almost anyone the whole movie. Not even Alfred or
Rachel. And to me, compassion is the core of his character. Bruce
becomes Batman so that no one else will be hurt the way he and his
Batman Begins should be a story where he goes from seeking revenge to seeking justice but that isn't what happens.
saying he feels for some criminals means nothing when the peak of the
action is him choosing to let one of his first villains die. Rachel's
message of revenge and justice being different is completely undermined
by this too.
I don't even hate the Dark
Knight trilogy. I love it. But I think the reason it's memorable is for
excellent villains moreso than an excellent Batman. Which is unfortunate
seeing as he's the title character and who we spend most of our time