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They almost certainly didn't know that he was the Batman (nor did they know that some bat-dressing hero even existed). However, there is this conversation: Bruce: You told me a child did it. The prisoner: But no ordinary child. A child born in hell. Forged from suffering. Hardened by pain. Not a man from privilege. So, the prisoner knows that Bruce ...


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The message is straight forward and twofold: No matter how bad things are, a single person or single idea can make a difference. This contrasts with most heroes (e.g. Superman) which follows a basic religious story (omnipotent being arrives and looks over lowly mankind, protecting us from ourselves). In Batman the symbol is the thing, and it is bigger ...


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As the other excellent answers have shown the movies are rich of various overarching themes, be they political or philosophical, about a hero or his city. But on a very personal level they are about a man, in particular Bruce Wayne's struggle to cope with the tragedy he experienced as a child and to overcome the resulting grief, fear and anger that ...



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