Friday, September 12, 2008

Who has the power? Joker Interrogation scene

It's odd to use a clip from the latest Batman movie to make a point about the power of nonviolence, particularly when it's being used by the villain! But take a look . . .

It certainly isn't an example of principled nonviolence, but you get a sense of who has control and power using what. At least the ferries scene fares better for human nature!

1 comment:

Luella said...

I haven't seen the rest of the film, but what shocks me about this clip is not the Joker's use of nonviolence. It's Batman's use of violence. What kind of message does this send to viewers - that violence is a force for good? I don't think I've ever seen a superhero act that way in a film before. He does look pretty helpless in this scene, but sometimes such things only encourage further aggression.

It reminds me of my childhood when I would get angry at my brother and his friend (and sometimes my dad), and they would just laugh at and mock me. It only made me angrier, which made them laugh harder. They obviously had the power, but this is no good at all. It is perhaps the Joker's attitude that likewise stirred Batman's anger: yet another part of this power dynamic.