Hidden Marxist Principles in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy

There has been much study and talk of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise. The three films, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, are among the most discussed films in cinema history due to their places of prominence in the age of the internet. Dozens of theories abound as to what the major themes are, and entire books have been written attempting to decipher them. Folks, I am here to tell you that all those theories and essays and words are wrong. Dead wrong. There is only one real conclusion to draw, from careful study of all three films in the trilogy. The films are filled with Marxism! Yes, the tenants and principles of Marx flow through the three Batman films like a mighty river, ready to wash over the masses. But these codes have now been deciphered, and for the first time you have visual and textual proof of the hidden meaning behind The Dark Knight Trilogy:

“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.” — Groucho
“I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.” — Groucho
“I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.” — Groucho
“Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” — Chico
“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” — Groucho
“…” — Harpo

“A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.” — Groucho
“Humor is reason gone mad.” — Groucho
“Honk honk!” — Harpo
“I wasn’t kissing her, I was whispering in her mouth.” — Chico
“I have a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.” — Groucho
“There is one way to find out if a man is honest; ask him! If he says yes you know he’s crooked.” — Groucho
“There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of your fellow man.” — Groucho
“You can’t a fool a me there ain’t no sanity clause.” — Chico
“Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.” — Groucho
“Come get your ice-cream! Come get your tootsie-frootsie ice cream!” — Chico
“I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.” — Groucho
“HONK!” — Harpo
“Money will not make you happy, and happy will not make you money.” — Groucho
“If any form of pleasure is exhibited, report to me and it will be prohibited.” — Groucho
“Why a duck?” — Chico
“Thursday he go to the ball game, but we fool him and we no show up.” — Chico
“I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.” — Groucho
“When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun’.” — Groucho
“Don’t point that beard at me, it might go off.” — Groucho
“Quote me as saying I was misquoted.” — Groucho
“HONK!” — Harpo
“Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, and I’m going to be happy in it.” — Groucho

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