Christians Watching Batman: A Dark Knight Dialogue

Click through to read a critical dialogue between two Christian viewers of The Dark Knight Rises, at Burnside Writers Collective. I wrote the piece after being unable to decide between my aesthetic and moral appreciation of the film and my political reservations about it.

A propos of the occasion, I also briefly discuss the relationship between the 9/11 attacks and the racialization of Bane and the League of Shadows, at least insofar as it concerns our current cultural context (and not the graphic novel mythology).


Brad Fruhauff is editor-in-chief of Relief. He also teaches English at Trinity International University.

About Brad Fruhauff

Brad Fruhauff is Editor-in-Chief of Relief. He holds a PhD in English from Loyola University Chicago and teaches English at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Some of his interests include Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, film, hermeneutics, and theological aesthetics. Scholarly and literary publications include The Ankeny Briefcase, Rock & Sling, *catapult, Burnside Writers’ Collective, The Englewood Review of Books, Victorians, and The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. He lives in Evanston with his wife and two sons.

Brad Fruhauff is Editor-in-Chief of Relief. He holds a PhD in English from Loyola University Chicago and teaches English at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Some of his interests include Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, film, hermeneutics, and theological aesthetics. Scholarly and literary publications include The Ankeny Briefcase, Rock & Sling, *catapult, Burnside Writers’ Collective, The Englewood Review of Books, Victorians, and The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. He lives in Evanston with his wife and two sons.