Departure[ edit ] The Call to Adventure[ edit ] The hero begins in a situation of normality from which some information is received that acts as a call to head off into the unknown.
The Dark Knight was about chaos, how it is fair and equalizing, how it can turn a city against itself. The Dark Knight Rises was all about pain, not necessarily just physical but spiritual and mental, that life is pain and pain is necessary for life to exist.
What makes a trilogy truly a masterpiece that will withstand the test of time is how it is structured and presented, it is one film, one story that has been split into three sections. Each segment is not complete without the other two, and each of those pieces helps create a cohesive story with great emotional impact.
The man who gave us a true understanding of this structure was Joseph Campbell, if the name rings a little geeky bell in the back of your mind it is because he is the man who helped shape George Lucas and so many others. He is the genius who looked at myths, legends, and famous novels and saw a common outline that makes each of them connect with the audience.
Departure — Batman Begins 1. The Ordinary World — Here we see the man who will become the hero in his normal environment, there is a problem that is just begging for a solution. In Batman Begins we see a Gotham that is stricken with poverty and overrun by criminals and corruption, Bruce has grown up in this and has even lost his parents because of it.
Gotham is crying out for anyone to fix things but it is so beyond saving the feat seems impossible. The Call to Adventure — Something changes so drastically that it calls the hero into action, he feels a need to become something other than just a man.
Bruce then sets off on his own and joins the criminals of the world, a small step toward fighting for justice. The Crossing of the First Threshold — The hero accepts that he must leave his ordinary world behind, that he must enter a new world and become a new being.
Bruce puts on the cowl and goes after the mob, he returns to Gotham to help rid his dear city of evil. The final battle for Gotham in the end of Batman Begins forces Bruce to fight his mentor and fight fear itself. Initiation — The Dark Knight 1. The Road of Trials cont. Batman is at his height, he is trying to take out the mob, even goes over seas to bring in Lau.
Approach — This is when the hero gathers up allies and prepares for a final battle, the battle that will change everything. The hero learns that he cannot save the world alone.
Batman sees that he cannot save Gotham on his own, he reaches out to Gordon and Dent seeing that they may be the only legitimate way to bring Gotham back to its former glory.
The best example of this is chase in downtown Gotham when all three men work together to bring in the Joker. The Ordeal — The middle of the story when the hero must face their greatest fear, often death, and learn that from death comes new life.
This begins in the interrogation scene when Batman loses his temper and his mind when he finds that his love has been taken, that he must somehow save Rachel but then fails.
Bruce must sacrifice himself to save the city he loves, he must become the villain so there can be true peace in Gotham. Return — The Dark Knight Rises 1. When The Dark Knight Rises begins, Bruce is now a recluse hiding in his manor, a source of stories and tales of him being disfigured and decrepit.
The Magic Fight — Something is threatening the reward the hero has gained, something threatens to take back everything that created the peace, usually a magical being or god. Bruce is convinced to return to the world by Blake and others who see that something is coming, something that is threatening to bring Gotham down.
Bruce realizes that Batman must return, however he is met with a man who is too strong, too powerful and just too much for this old hero to handle.
Batman is broken spiritually and physically by Bane and thrown back into a prison, paralleling the very beginning of his journey. The entire section of TDKR where Bruce is locked away in the prison he is forced to watch his city burn, he must fight his way back by mending his body and his spirit, by finding that fear that drove him from the beginning.
He has the help of fellow inmates who teach him that a man cannot live without pain and fear, he must embrace it because that is what makes life worth living. Bruce finally reaches the top of the wall and heads back home, where he joins forces with Selina and Blake. The hero is finally transformed.
The final battle to save Gotham, Batman and Bruce return and force the city to take back control, he must fight against time and the ultimate destructive force.
Not only must Batman face his most terrifying opponent in Bane, but he must also deal with betrayal by Talia, until finally he must finally sacrifice himself to save his city.
Batman is no longer a villain that Gotham needed at the end of the The Dark Knight, he has been finally transformed into the ultimate martyr for justice, a true hero. Batman is dead and gone, allowing Bruce to finally live the life he never knew he could have, quiet and in love we see him just living in the final scenes of the film.
We also get a possible glimpse of another hero taking his place…but that is a completely different story we hope!The Dark Knight – the Hero’s Journey stages Ordinary world The Batman has impacted on crime in Gotham, the Mob can’t do business like they used to and they don’t like it.
The Dark Knight Trilogy 1 - The Dark Knight Trilogy Hero's Journey introduction. Call To Adventure A key part of the Batman movies is that when Bruce was young, he fell into an empty well filled with bats and developed a major phobia of them. Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents get murdered by a mugger.
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Searching For The Hero Jung and Campbell aren't the only people who have attempted to map the Hero's Journey! There have been dozens of less celebrated forays into this area, and just about everyone comes to slightly different conclusions.
In a wide-ranging talk at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, Christopher Nolan offered a unique take on his Dark Knight Trilogy.
Apr 14, · Most of Nolan's films are structurally unconventional. But with his Dark Knight Trilogy, I think he is very consciously adhering to Campbell's Monomyth.