The Dark Knight Rises

Heath Andrew Ledger died on the 22nd of January 2008, at the age of 38, due to an accidental overdose of drugs that were prescribed to him. – IMDB 2008

There’s a word in that sentence I do not believe. No need to let you guess which: it’s accidental. This death was a clear case of suicide. The man was unable to discern himself and his role. And who blames him? Good work needs sacrifice. Why not die at your best hour? But best, of course, is relative.

Why is it always with the Batman, that tragic events occur? James Holmes – remember that name – knew the time and the place he hit. What’s worse, he chose it. Purposefully. Hitch hiking on the fame of The Batman, and maybe even of Heath Ledger. Why would he?

Yesterday night and tonight, I watched the first two movies in this series. Although I don’t see them as fully credible all the time, Bob Kayne and Bill Finger (Batman’s creators) and Christopher Nolan aligned an intriguing set of events, revealing an intricate aspect of the human intellect to which even Deepak Chopra and Thich Nhat Hanh would say we are connected. The truth is simpler than we dare to admit. That’s why it horrifies us.

All you care about is money. This town deserves a better class of criminal.                                                                                                                     A little thing about chaos… It’s fair…

Movies provide mass education. You may run left or right to contest this statement, but it is the truth. Remember The Matrix? Avatar? Even Titanic has shown us parts of ourselves we’d rather deny. A fictional world, spawning from the mind of its creator, reaching as far as the flatness of our screens, so that we can be the lazy spectators of our own subconscious. Until someone in the audience stands up and opens fire…

I have mentioned before on this blog that I feel highly connected to the joker. I believe you all do. Unlike the biggest part of what we perceive as ourselves, the joker is free. He is brilliant in his every detail. Our unfathomable opponent in person.

Heath Ledgers medicines were prescribed for insomnia, anxiety and depression. He’d unleashed the beast and was trying to control it. There was a collective movement behind this icon, a group of artists that have brought about this character so brilliantly, that it has started a life of its own. A life beyond the distant dream. Into the waking life.

It’s in this begeisterung that Heath and James now find each other. They perceive the joker’s depth, but cannot handle it as they should; from the perspective of the decent man. Sad, we might say, while in the dark night, minds keep being deceived by beliefs and ideals.

Madness, as you know, is like gravity… All it takes is a little…push!

Hahahihihihihi! – The Joker 2008


3 thoughts on “The Dark Knight Rises”

  1. Shitty article man/gurl. Seems like your talking about two things at once and trying to be poetic or something but this article comes off as kinda pretentious… Like you knew the inner workings of heath ledgers mind better then he did.

  2. Hi Man,

    Thanks for the feedback. The article talks about how an idea can move a person into doing crazy things. You don’t have to agree with the points. Now, a year after I wrote it, I do think it brings up interesting ideas.

    I agree with you that some passages sound pretentious.



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