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Hello, folks, this week’s podcast completes last week’s discussion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a discussion of the DC superhero movies. My friend and PoMoCon coconspirator Pete Spiliakos joins me–he is a columnist at First Things and writes for NRO, too. You can take my word for it, he’s the kind of conservative we need to hear more of!
Pete will give you his theory of Nolan’s attempt to ground the rule of law in the Batman movies. We’re going to talk about them in terms of Greek tragedy and in terms of political philosophy. I believe it’s worth taking Nolan this seriously and we bring a lot of evidence to that claim. And then we’ll surprise you with even more remarkable observations on the failures and the successes of the very rocky post-Batman DC-Warner Bros. superhero movies. We want to give you a sense of the grand ambition that drove Nolan and the great possibilities of a genre where modern presuppositions can be investigated in a way audiences find plausible and even fascinating.