Violence occupies every place in politics. Politics is the distribution of power, and power is enforced using violence. […] Every political ideologie legitimates violence against somebody, that's just what politics is.
Une analyse très pertinente du rôle des films Batman récent vis à vis de la manière dont la société cherche à représenter le maintient de l'ordre
One of the big problems with "dark and gritty" Batman movies is that the people writing them can't craft a mystery that's so complex only Batman can solve it, so Batman's "superpower" ends up being "the ability to violate people's Constitutional rights."
Batman "gets results" because he doesn't have to follow the rules that cops do, thus implying that cops would be so much more effective at their jobs if they didn't have to follow those rules.
And the grittier the Batman movie is, the fewer powers he's granted through his wealth. In a heightened reality Batman has supercomputers, ninja skills, fascinating nonlethal gadgets.
A gritty batman has all the same powers as a cop in riot armor with no legal restrictions.
If Jim Gordon tied up a criminal and beat the shit out of him while screaming "Tell me where the girl is!" he would be subject to lawsuits, suspensions, etc.
Batman's only "superpower" in a gritty movie is that nobody can stop him from hurting people.
The Batman of the 80s and 90s had "wonderful toys" that did set him apart from the police force, and they emphasized his battles against similarly-heightened supervillains with ray guns and magic plants and exploding rubber ducks. He's not just putting muggers in wheelchairs.
When Batman was first created, policing was very primitive, and the gulf between what the cops had - six-shooters and cars that didn't have seatbelts - and what Batman has was much greater, which made the necessity of Batman seem much greater.
Nowadays though, when a GCPD officer calls in that the suspect is driving a "black... tank?" it gets a laugh, but why? Cops have tanks. Cops have lots of tanks. They have armor on-par with what a gritty Batman wears. They have shock guns and gas grenades and thermal imaging.
Physically, cops nowadays have pretty much all the same capabilities as Batman does. The only thing that makes him different from them is that he's gets to be WORSE than them.
This is what makes Batman an advertisement for abusive policing, packed movie theatres cheering for brutal violations of our social contract and an implication that we could have thousands of Batmans if we'd just look the other way and let cops take care of things.
And truly, I've got a lot of Angry Facebook Uncles who have said just that when talking about the protests in our cities these last several months, "If we all just looked the other way for a night the cops could take care of this once and for all."