The Dark Knight: Discussion Questions

In our Faith & Film forums we usually organized some good discussion questions that help us better think about the worldviews of the films we are watching and interact with the culture. This is by no means exhaustive but we hope that it will be of some help.

Discussion Questions

  1. What did you think of the movie? How would you describe it to others?
  2. How does it compare with Batman Begins?
  3. What are the possible political implications of this movie?
  4. What are some of the themes of the movie?
  5. How would you describe the worldview of the Joker? Does he live consistently with his worldview?
  6. In what ways can the Joker be seen as a metaphor for Satan?
  7. Harvey Dent goes on to adopt the same worldview of the Joker. He even says, “You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time. But you were wrong. The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance. Unbiased. Unprejudiced. Fair.”  What led him to this?
  8. How can we relate with Harvey Dent?
  9. Compare the characters of Batman, The Joker, and Two-Face.
  10. Discuss Batman’s quote at the end of the movie where he says, “Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough, sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.” Is this true? What are the implications of this statement and what beliefs or worldview does it reflect?
  11. Is there a metaphor for the Gospel in this film?
  12. How could you use this movie as a bridge to the Gospel?
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