How It’s Political:
Both villains, Ra’s al Ghul and the Scarecrow, are built on the foundations of terror.
Al Ghul, in particular, has an apocalyptic aim supposedly similar to organisations such as Al-Qaeda.
“Gotham’s time has come, like Constantinople or Rome before it. It is beyond saving and must be allowed to die,” he says, echoing extremist Muslim views that Western society has become corrupted - a disease in need of a cure.
Several theories also look closely at Batman’s militaristic modern-day makeover; gone are the spandex tights in favour of body armour and drives a very tank-like vehicle.
A superhero surrounded by these weapons of war seems to be an obvious metaphor for a superpower at war.
Oh, and then there’s the Weapon of Mass Destruction that rears its ugly head during the finale. That reference isn’t so thinly-veiled.