“The Dark Knight, 2008”-Christopher Nolan
One day, the Joker robbed the bank which belongs to the mafia, and Gordon starts chasing the connected criminal case to catch Joker. Then, Gotham’s new prosecutor Harvey request him that he want to investigate Joker together, and at that time Joker was suggesting his plan to the mafia who got stollen their money by Joker, and it was about killing batman. Meanwhile, batman capture the Lau, who has taken mafia’s funds for safekeeping and fled to Hong Kong and bring him back to Gotham. And he tried to sweep all mafia in Gotham by using Lau, but the Joker didn’t let him do it and also killed lots of bigwig in Gotham so it continues that batman can’t keep the focus on catching mafia. Therefore, Gordon, Harvey and the batman get caught up in Joker’s pace. While that moment, after Gordon died by the Joker, Harvey lies to people and tries to carry out a trap investigation, the Joker suddenly appears and interrupts them.
The movie ” The Dark Knight” is directed by Christoper Nolan. Unbelievably, he starts directing movies at 8, after produced a few short films, in 1998 directed the first long film “The following” , and after 2 years he made “Memento”, and another 2 years after, he made the Robbin starring movie, “Insomnia”. then in 2005, he opens a curation of the most grateful movie trilogy, in hero movie genre, “The batman Begins”. At that time, he wasn’t planning to make this movie in series. Nolan defined the trilogy of batman that “The trilogy was all different movie to me. Batman Begins was about the origin of a hero movie, The dark knight was about the realistic criminal movie, and The dark knight rise was a war film about historical narrative. While treating hero-tic movie, we usually substitute the feeling of good and evil, the dark knight was the same either.
At the start of the movie, Joker murdered people at his first appearance scene, and after that scene, batman shows at the crime scene and arrested all the criminals. Also, Harvey and mafia oppose the court so it made a clarify the distinction between good and evil. So we decided that batman, Harvey, and Gordon is a good side, Mafia and Joker is a bad side. However, this is the story only for the beginning of the movie. Because a clear boundary keep getting broken after movie goes. The mystery of the line between good and evil is in line with the character of Batman. Batman was a character who usually protects Gotham from the dark side, but in other words, he usually is evil to keep good. It is hard to decide that Batman is good side if he keeps often act illegally without any authority. Also, the Joker can be seen as a good side, because he killed the mafia who harass Gotham, and it makes a positive contribution to Gotham. We can think that Joker gives Gotham a chance to self-reflect themselves, and enlightenment by giving a message by using batman and detonator which can kill another side of the citizen. From this point of view, the Joker makes a tremendous contribution to Batman’s intention, which about evoked and awaking citizens. Looking more realistically, Joker more contributed to this one than Batman. Like this, if we consider both of them in some way, they are both not that different. Also, in the movie, Nolan shows that Batman and Joker are similar by using a scene in which they both breaking the window. In addition, the action after breaking the window was very similar. The characteristic of Joker’s mouth makeup and Batman’s mask which only shows his mouth are metaphorically shows them that they are similar as well. In other words, without the start line of good and evil, and some other husks, their boundaries get blur. For the whole movie running time, Joker keep did the experiment. At the first he robbing the bank, he made the party can’t trust each other so it continues to kill themselves. Also, after killed the mafia’s boss, he only gives a chance that half of them can live at serving him, so make them all fight for their life. In addition, simulate the batman by keep sending him the murder notice, Furthermore, he kidnapped Rachel and Harvey and make Batman only can save one of them and give him a choice to act. At last, he causes a division between citizens and prisoners, and control them by using fear. The contradictory part of this scene is that the experiments of Joker did all connected to one word, split between all people. However, this was just a superficial purpose, his main intention was the different one. Joker explains his scar in the movie just three times. The first time, he explained about it while killing mafia, the second was while threating Rachel, the last one was while fighting with the Batman. But, the reason was all different. To the mafia, he explained that his father made his scar, to Rachel, he said that he did it by himself, and to the Batman, while talking about it, he failed and get arrested by Batman.
There is a common ground of this scene, the laugh, and lie. We should focus on lying first. Why did he lie every time? Actually there was no reason to do it. The scene which tries to show us that make us confuse who is Joker and who is Batman, continues to about Joker’s scar, that we never could know hos it happens. And the end of this, go through the lie about Harvey and Rachel, lastly, make citizens and prisoners are positioning in the same line. The first scene of the movie and the last scene of movie is not that different, most of the citizens of Gotham insist that they need to kill prisoners to save themselves, and show their ugly selfishness thinking, and proved by ballot. As a result, Joker showing us that the robbers who killed each other and citizens who contend that they need to kill prisoners first are all same. In other words, the real face of Gotham’s citizen is the same as Joker’s scar, and the opinion that the city said are all same as Joker’s lie, the rationalization. Also, by using Harvey and Rachel, he tests Batman and Harvey so he can realize by himself about their real. At the first of the movie, Harvey has a belief that his luck is making by himself, and also keep the process a coin that has the same front and back. However, after the coin burned, it has the difference between front and back and continues to collapse of his belief. After that, the loose control over the outcome, and follows to the coin by which side he got. It means that the balance of power goes from result to luck, from this the grand aspirations that he will go to arrest all mafias in Gotham, he also faced his original nature. The Joker’s main purpose was not making Gotham get into chaos, it was just a joke to him. Harvey was also just a tool to execute his plan. His actual purpose was Batman. In the movie, it shows that he failed to corrupt Batman in his way in superficially. Batman arrests the Joker and blocks the disaster. However, Joker succeeds to make Harvey and Batman collapse into the chaos and make Batman can’t continue his job as a hero in Gotham. Joker shows to Batman that different decisions which according to different circumstances is the same as murdering the other side which didn’t get chosen by him, and continues to the ambiguity between good and evil. In this aspect, most of the character is not different from Joker. The Batman who insist on social justice, but who lost his lover by his decision, Harvey who lost his belief and own justice after losing his girl, The mayor who wanted to continue the original system for himself, not for Gotham, the detective Watch who ignored people’s voice for help, Officer Ramirez who cooperated with mafia for money, mafias who always betray each other for their own profit, A citizen in Gotham whom Batman tries to evoke all become the extreme egoist in a crisis situation. The only difference between Joker and those characters is that they are not always crazy like a clown but Joker is. In other words, Joker doesn’t have the mask that sometimes to throws off for his own profit. People are all wearing the mask and have their own belief. If you have your own mask and belief maybe Joker is preferring to show your self about your original nature, or if you don’t, maybe you are the Joker.