One of the things I found interesting is the sort of fabricated relationship plot in The Dark Knight. Obviously there is a huge expanse of Batman comics we haven’t read for this class, but in all of the comics we have read there is a total absence of love interest - the only elements really being the incredibly awkward “quiet or papa spank!” and “oh wow those eyes” Batman/The Cat event in The Batman Chronicles. There is a hinted allusion to a former relationship between Bruce and Selina in The Dark Knight Returns, but it’s incredibly understated. While romance is really prevalent in Superman and the Clark/Supes/Lois love triangle is a central element, it is really not an essential element of the Batman comics.
Despite its non-presence in the comics, romance is played up a substantially more in The Dark Knight. Bruce uses Rachel as a gauge for deciding that he likes Harvey, and Rachel’s tragic death is basically the driving force for the rest of the movie for the men who loved her. It’s certainly not the major element of the movie, but it is a presence and an important plot element. The need to inject romantic elements into movie adaptations has always baffled and annoyed me (looking at you here, Tauriel). I’m glad that it wasn’t overplayed and it does add to character motivation, but DC’s history of putting women in refrigerators makes adding in an unnecessary damsel a kind of lame move.
Another thing I picked up on was the Joker taunting Batman with “what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. We’ve seen that before, haven’t we Superman? But while Superman’s response was “they surrender”, the Gotham duo’s response is more along the lines of “they NEVER surrender”.
The last thing I want to think about its the cell phone spy network that Batman gives to Lucius Fox. They both seem to agree that it’s immoral and too much power for anyone to have, but in a post-Snowden whistleblower era we realize that it’s been a reality we have lived for years. So...yeah. Gotham is now.