The Dark Knight Unmasked 4

In the final phases of the film, Batman resorts to global surveillance in order to trace and locate the Joker. Lucuius rebels against his spying stating “this is too much power for one person” and even threatening to resign so long as the machinery existed. “This is wrong” he protests, asking “at what cost”, when Batman explains that he “needs” to find Joker. Although, we shall return to this significance of this exchange quiet soon, it has to be noted that Lucius, as he said, still co-operates with Batman in using the machine, which still begs the question of the meaning of his verbal protest, assuming it was anything more than idealistic cynicism, for ultimately, when Batman uses the machine, he is silent It has been said that a silence, if not a lie, is an argument carried out by other means, and yet, considering that the concept of silence is so influential throughout the movie, the question is who can be relied upon, if not trusted? We are talking about principles, for throughout the movie, there is lots of evidence suggesting that between the quartet or Dent, Gordon, Batman and Joker, everyone else is unreliable. The mayor, for instance, when told that “Harvey’s prisoners” might be at risk of harm, simply says “the men you intend to put away, those aren’t people I’m worried about” until Gordon alerts him that “you should be…” After Learning that Harvey hasn’t been located, the mayor then asks “How long can you keep this quiet?” implying that he is also determined to avoid a situation which might create more panic. Although it might be comforting to believe that unlike the Mayor, Gordon is “for the people,” the movie also highlights that he is also dominated by his circumstances (The third movie exposes interrogates him on this issue.). Indeed, when the hospital is blown up, and Harvey isn’t located, Gordon demands that the search for his body needs to be kept private, and yet, the audience quickly learns where Harvey is, and what he is dong – he is crusading.

Harvey is transformed 95 minutes into the movie, and yet, Two Face first really goes on his crusade after 110 minutes (of 145), when he confronts the people who were involved in Rachel’s death. Not surprisingly, the typical claim he hears is that of “plausible denial” with Worts claiming he didn’t know what was going to happen to Rachel. He pursues three more people, including Rameres and Gordon, who both profess their innocence, despite evidence to the contrary. Rameres claims that she could not be, in the Jokers words, “quite so noble”, and had to participate in the abduction. Attempting to subvert his reality, she cries “I didn’t know what they were going to [do to Rachel]” however, she is quickly interrupted by an indignant and disgusted Harvey who rages, “[you] didn’t know what they were going to do? You’re the second cop to say that to me [but] what exactly did you think they were going to do.” She then attempts another con to neutralise his threat, but once again, he shouts her down, this time prompting a subtle “I’m sorry”, and yet, the point to focus on here, and running parallel to mere narrative is an analysis of this sentiment for this ought to be viewed as psychological violence even if only in the form of persuasion. On the third time of asking, she finally gives Harvey the apology, even if it is meaningless by then, and yet, it is peculiar that prior to this admission, she attempted to recruit filibustering which might have persuaded Harvey to sympathise with her, and thereby grant her clemency. It implies that she has no sincerity, but was only concerned with her hungry stomach – her potential death – rather than Harvey’s loss which was caused by her criminal collusion. Like many, she attempts to speak her way out of what she acted her way into, and yet, the major culprit of this absurdity is Jim Gordon, who Harvey said, he would make pay. Maybe it is his guilt which manifests when Gordon so desperately desires to rescue Harvey. (“We have to save Dent. I have to save Dent.”)

On the roof, in the penultimate scene of the movie, Harvey finally confronts Dent and his criminal failings. He explains that so much of the mess could have been avoided, and yet, In order to make sense of this, it is important that we revisit an earlier exchange in the movie, when Gordon Visits Harvey in the hospital. Remorsefully, he says “I’m sorry about [the death and betrayal of] Rachel…I need to know which of my men I can trust…I’m sorry.” Refusing to entertain this, Harvey rebukes him, saying “No – no your not; tot yet!” Here we are reminded to the theme of justice, which itself, manifests itself in the priorities that we have. Those who tolerate violence do not honour justice, for they evidently, do nit see it as a priority, until, most often, it is too late. This is expressed by the individual who says to Gordon, “this craziness is too much”, before being corrected “you should have thought of that before you let the clown out of the box.” In a like manner, when Harvey confronts this same individual, he please, “take it [you vendetta] up with The Joker; he killed your woman – he made you like this.” Rebuking, once more, this claim to innocence, Harvey rages “The jokers just a mad dog. I want whoever let him off the leash.” After attending to Worts, Manez and Maroney, Dent goes after Gordon by abducting his family, and presenting Gordon with his own ultimatum: to choose between the life of his wife, and his child? Here, Harvey expresses his disgust towards Gordon’s tolerance of criminality (“If [only] you stood up against corruption instead of doing your deal with the devil”), and yet, still ungracious, Gordon maintains his pretence of innocence stating “I was trying to fight them off” but this only leaves Harvey outraged, protesting, “you wouldn’t dare try to justify yourself if you knew what I had lost”, and yet, the disturbing thing about Gordon’s plea is that I suddenly diminishes once Harvey gets serious and points the gun at Gordon’s boy, prompting the confession: “Harvey. I’m sorry, for everything … you’re right. Rachel’s death was my fault. Please don’t punish the boy. Please punish me.” Evidently the duplicity of Gordon is corrected by his desperation, which itself, prompts a realisation, and yet, the message is simple: I will only be honest when you force me to be. I will not reveal my true colours unless under immense pressure; I must be made to own my faults.

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