Now that the third and final trailer of “The Dark Knight Rises” has emerged–on Occupy Wall Street’s May Day, no less–it’s hard not to see some major zeitgeisty OWS issues coming to the fore. Not only do we have the film’s ominous call for class warfare — “You think this can last?” says the would-be Catwoman. “There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne…. when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us” — but now we have some images to go along with it, including a brief shot of sparks exploding from inside the New York Stock Exchange.
Now I don’t know much about this edition’s evil superhero Bain (pictured here, inside the Exchange), but from the looks of the trailer, it sure seems like he’s behind some plot to destroy the capitalist economy (not to mention kill that corporate trust-fund boy Batman/Bruce Wayne). What would the film become if the villain was an anarchist Occupier, seeking revenge on the 1%? A new kind of hero for OWS, or just another way for Fox News to demonize the protestors.
Remember Nolan’s 2008 Batman outing “The Dark Knight” offered a muddled political message, arguably heroizing pre-emptive attacks in a post 9/11 world. Maybe Nolan was trying to raise some questions about America’s aggressive policies in its fight against terrrorism, but maybe not. Maybe people just walked away thinking the Joker was really kick-ass. And maybe Bain will appear in the same way. Whatever happens, you can bet once again that political commentators will be all over this one.