Fear, Causality, and Hope: The Dominant Themes in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy

Now that The Dark Knight Rises has been in theaters for over a month and many have seen it more than once, it’s time for some reflection. But let’s take this a step further and look at the themes throughout the entire trilogy. This isn’t a list to determine which of the three is best, but simply a list exploring the dominant themes of each of Christoper Nolan’s epic Batman films. While some of the themes below may seem simplistic on the surface, the presentation and depth of each theme are much more complex. Beginning with Batman Begins, the dominant theme is fear, followed by causality in The Dark Knight and hope in The Dark Knight Rises.

(Obviously this list will be filled with spoilers so stop reading if you haven’t seen Nolan’s Batman trilogy).

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