As ThinkProgress reported, CNN’s Glenn Beck yesterday said that President Bush’s policies were vindicated by the “conservative values on the war on terror” in “The Dark Knight.” He also said that Bush’s willingness to “die as the worst president ever because of the war on terror” is “exactly the message that Batman carries.” ThinkProgress contacted the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) — who appeared in the movie — and received this response from spokesman David Carle:
Sorry Glenn but that’s not just a stretch, it’s a hoot. But I do grant the parallels between Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor and the Vice President.
Last month, author Andrew Klavan also wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the new Batman film is a “paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war.”
In a July interview with Newsweek, “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan acknowledged that the film’s chaos in Gotham bears resemblance to the chaos in Iraq:
Q: So it’s not a stretch to look at Gotham and see shades of Baghdad?
Nolan: Well, where I suppose I would see a parallel is the threat of chaos, which is something we very much deal with in this film. And in today’s world, Baghdad is a powerful illustration of that. It’s frightening to imagine in one of our own cities.