Is Batman Going Green?
By Laura Hogg
From the NatuREport Blog Series
Welcome back to NatuREport! This week in the news: the highly-anticipated final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy hits theaters in two months, and it’s just been revealed that it may have a green message!
I love Batman.
No, really. I love Batman.
I spent last Halloween dressed up as Poison Ivy, watching old episodes of Batman: the Animated Series with my boyfriend, who was dressed up as the Joker. I have a tin Batman lunchbox…that I bought when I was 16. (It goes nicely with my silver Batman ring, by the way.) After the release of The Dark Knight, I went through a long phase of drawing Batman fanart. A few nights ago, I even dreamed about watching The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
So, in case you couldn’t guess, I’m really stoked for the release of the aforementioned film. And as an eco-blogger, I was even more stoked to hear the news that broke yesterday: Marion Cotillard’s up-until-now-mysterious character is going to play a Wayne Industries board member looking to take the company in a “green” direction!
Cotillard, herself a self-proclaimed “hippie-at-heart,” broke this news in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter. Previously, all we knew about her Miranda Tate is that she was “a Wayne Industries board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.” Now, Cotillard has let slip that those endeavors involve providing clean energy.
Any details beyond that are just pure speculation at this point, but it does seem that the theme of Rises is all about redemption and renewal. (Of course, there will be a lot of destruction to get through first, but still. The title is The Dark Knight Rises, not The Dark Knight Falls.) Wouldn’t it be nice to see Gotham – if it’s still standing at the end of the film – rise as an eco-friendly version of the shining metropolis Bruce’s parents had helped develop?
Yes, I know that the film is fiction. But who says fiction can’t influence reality?
Some (cynics) might dismiss any “green” message in film as merely an agenda – as a ploy to show the viewers how righteous the filmmakers are. But I think it’s only natural that a film set in modern times reflects modern changing attitudes toward the environment. And maybe, just maybe, it can make a small impact.
So, while we’ll have to wait until July 20th to find out just exactly how that Tate’s green agenda will play out, it’s nice to get a little teaser. Now, if someone could just shed some light on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character…