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In order for a city being destroyed to mean anything to the people viewing it, the city must be iconic and recognizable (unless it's fictional) and probably wants to appeal to people who either have visited or want to visit that city. This means that, in the US, there are three big options for very iconic cities with buildings that are recognizable around ...
There is a british film from 1900, Let me dream again, by George Albert Smith (from the so called Brighton school), you can find it in the British Film Institute archive: http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/web/Details/ChoiceFilmWorks/150057452 The film is included in their collection "1895-1910. Early Cinema" vol. 1 In the short film, a man (G.A. Smith ...
At the time, they wouldn't have yet been known as Film Noir, they would have just been Melodrama. Contenders might be… Rebecca  has voiceover. The Maltese Falcon  has the detective Double Indemnity  Has the detective, voice-over which starts as a letter dictation then transitions into narration… The Big Sleep  has no voiceover, but ...
Although this exact quote may have been first said in the dark knight many men have addressed the philosophy of the corruption of a good man's soul. "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." -Frederick Nietzsche.
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