For this conversation about the latest big-screen take on the Dark Knight, we've called in a bit of an expert. Dr. Brandon Bosch teaches in the Sociology and Political Science Departments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He's published scholarly works looking at authoritarianism and the role of women in the Batman films.
Blake, Kofi & Rich talk with Brandon about the enduring appeal of the Batman character, the similarities between Paul Dano's portrayal of the Riddler and the QAnon and Incel crowds, and the lack of trust of authority on both sides of the political spectrum. We also look at how Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) struggles with his family's legacy in this movie - and consider what sorts of legacies each of us deals with in our own lives.
If you want to read some of Brandon Bosch's articles on Batman, follow these links:
"Why so serious?" Threat, Authoritarianism and Depictions of Crime, Law and Order in Batman Films
Bat Meets Girl: Adapting the Dark Knight's Love Life to the Big Screen
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