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The Bane of Batman

The Bane of Batman

With his first two Batman films, Nolan re-imagined Batman as something a bit more plausible in today's world: a self-made, one-man special forces unit with lots of money, a kick-ass R&D department and tons of anger issues. But beyond that, he made Batman more than a superhero: a catalyst to explore the very human concepts of the crippling force of grief, justice vs. vengeance, and corruption — both institutional and personal. In the first film, "Batman Begins,"we learned about the kind of trauma it would take to send a man jumping off rooftops. Its sequel, "The Dark Knight," showed us the havoc a high-functioning sociopath could cause through Heath...

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