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'The Dark Knight Rises' Asks Us to Believe the Rich Can Save Us

The new Batman film isn't the simple conservative parable rightwingers would like, but it is a reactionary vision.

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The sustaining fantasy of Nolan's Batman films – which does chime uncomfortably with Romney – is that the excesses of finance capital can be curbed by a combination of philanthropy, off-the-books violence and symbolism. The Dark Knight at least exposed the duplicity and violence necessary to preserve the fictions in which conservatives want us to believe. But the new film demonises collective action against capital while asking us to put our hope and faith in a chastened rich.


Mark Fisher is the author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Zero Books). He blogs at

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