Let’s Talk about Batman — A Philosophical Approach (I)

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What is Justice?

Is Revenge Equal to Justice?

Justice seems to be the principle only suitable for human beings. It is associated with citizens' daily lives, and people will seek “justice” to resolve the conflicts among individuals or the clashes between individuals and society. In other words, justice is reflected by how individuals or society respond to some people or groups’ actions.

Bruce Wayne ready to Revenge, Batman Begins, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKQL7f7lLI&ab_channel=YouTubeMovies

Is Formal Justice Equal to Justice?

The appearance of Harvey Dent had provided a possibility of achieving justice with formal justice. Or, to say, Harvey will transform the system itself and carry out justice through a rigid but just procedure. At the beginning of the movie, The Dark Knight, Harvey unutilized his knowledge of the law to eliminate the criminals of Gotham city. He manipulated the clues of the mobster and sued them in a legal way. Surprisingly, it did work. Mr. Liu was caught by them, and then the whole gang with which Mr. Liu worked was prosecuted, and the social order had been unprecedently stable for a while. Citizens thought peace could be maintained for a long time, and it appeared to be so.

“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain”, The Dark Knight, retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY3UkAHufLY&ab_channel=YouTubeMovies
Joker, retrieved from http://localhost:8919/block/?focus_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2019%2F10%2F04%2Fmovies%2Fthe-jokers-ranked.html
“You are the symbol of hope. I can never be.” The Dark Knight, retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY3UkAHufLY&ab_channel=YouTubeMovies
Harvey Dent (Two-Face), retrieved from https://www.gogocosplay.com/two-face-costume/

Is Democracy Equal to Justice?

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“This is about Democracy,” The Dark Knight, retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY3UkAHufLY&ab_channel=YouTubeMovies
Dr. Crane (Scarecrow) in the Court, retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1JAeBT2FJ0&ab_channel=YouTubeMovies

Conclusion

The situation in Gotham City is so complicated. Revenge, formal justice, and democracy can not be equal to “justice,” but we must need a solution to Batman’s condition and come up with an answer to the question, “What is justice?” Due to the restriction of time of my strength, we cannot finish it today, but I will keep digging into it and share it with you. Please keep watching!

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