What could have inspired the Oslo attacks? The current zeitgeist of impending doom meets fantasy ideology, of course. Just as with John Brown:
“In the old days, a huge comic book movie lived or died on the strength of it’s villain. What makes Nolan’s Batman series unique is it’s ability to avoid that pitfall. Heath Ledger’s Joker, in my opinion, is one of the greatest villains we’ve ever seen on the big screen. But Nolan’s film was more than just a cool villain. It was about a hero and the city he was desperate to protect. The Dark Knight is about morality and corruption. It’s wasn’t ONLY about a hero vs a cool villain. The movie had meaning and built on the spectacular foundation set by Batman Begins.
What I loved about the trailer is the impending doom it presents. A new evil has risen and Gotham City is literally falling. The image of Commissioner Gordon practically begging for Batman to come back while lying in a hospital bed is chilling to say the least. Gotham needs Batman back. The stakes have never been higher. The reason? Bane.”
The more I thought about it, the more this sounded familiar, for some explicable reason. It took a few hours for the thought to gestate, but this is straight out of a comic book … the caped crusader responds to the bat signal and tries to save a crumbling Gotham Oslo/The West from being overwhelmed by corruption and Islamization.
He operates outside the official channels. He sees himself as a superhero. He trains for years to fight evil. He is a member of a secret society. He is an outlaw who protects the people of a metropolis from the criminal underworld and corrupt public officials … Batman.