Sunday, July 15, 2012

The True Meaning of The Dark Knight's Ending

So, recent events have made this post all the more necessary. Now, excuse me while I shed a new light on the meaning behind the end of The Dark Knight.

Note: I suggest you read this post while listening to the track "A Dark Knight" from the Hans Zimmer score.

"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain... I can do those things"

"Because I'm not a hero"

"I removed Stephanie Brown from Smallville Season 11, that's what I can be"

"No, you can't! You're not--"

"I'm what DC Entertainment needs me to be... call it in"


"A hero... not the hero we deserved, but the hero we needed. Nothing less, than a knight... Shining"

"The'll hunt you."

"You'll hunt me. You'll condemn me. Set the dogs on me. Because that's what needs to happen. Sometimes the truth isn't good enough, sometimes people deserve more."



"Why's he running, Jim?"

"Because we have to chase him, Geoff."


"He didn't do anything wrong."

"Because he's the hero DC Entertainment deserves, but not the one it needs right now."

"So we'll hunt him, because he can take it

"Because he's not a hero."

"He's a silent guardian."

"A watchful protector."

"A Dark Didio!"


No, but seriously... is there ANYONE who is more demonized in the comics industry than Dan Didio? I'm hard pressed to think of someone else. What happened this weekend? He gave a fan a straight answer, which is saying a lot coming from the king of dancing around questions. Then all the sudden, he's the source of all that's wrong, and the lightning rod of everyone's rage. What would have happened if Jim Lee answered the question? Or Geoff Johns? I'm willing to bet everyone would still be pissed at Didio. 

Now, I'm not apologizing for Didio, or anything like that, because lord knows he's probably made some decisions that I'm not a fan of, but at the same time, he's probably made a lot of decisions that are part of what I, and many of you, love about current books we're reading right now. But the fact that everyone instantly aims their scopes on him at the drop of any bad news is, quite honestly, fucking ridiculous. It's not as if Dan Didio makes every decision by himself at DC. He is not one singular being, sitting on a throne, laughing at the anguish he causes fans. If you honestly believe he's sitting there, actively trolling fans of whatever character is currently missing, get over yourself. 

I know I'm probably not going to change any raging fans' minds with this, but I can absolutely guarantee you that the situation isn't as simple as "Fucking Didio did it again!" For instance, the digital titles that DC releases, such as Smallville, are handled by the Burbank office of DC Entertainment, which specializes in digital, animation, and movies... Where as regular books, like The New 52, a project championed by both Didio and Lee, are handled out of the New York office, aka the publishing office. As Gail Simone put on her tumblr: "they're almost two separate companies." Look at the editors on any digital book, because I guarantee you that you won't find any of them on The New 52 titles, because, say it with me, they're in separate offices. Let me purpose this, what if, just what. if. the decision was made by someone in the Burbank office, and Didio was just relaying that information, because he is one of the public faces of the company, who attends panels and answers questions. Remember how the day before, one of the panelists answered with "No one from the digital office is here, so we can't answer that," remember? All I'm saying is things aren't as simple as fanboy/girl rage would suggest.

In all honesty, I admire Didio for this kind of stuff. I believe he knows he's that lightning rod for all the fan angst in the world. He accepts it, and takes it in stride. He's done lots of good for the company, but none of that matters when it comes to stuff like that.



  1. Man, for a second I was hesitent to post this because I was afraid it might have something to do with Rises spoilers. :O

    But yeah, good talk. Kinda lame that the Burbank offices took Steph out, but I'm still curious about it (and it's not like Babs isn't awesome in her own right).

    Also, that final picture? Hilarious. :D

  2. this is the best thing, ever

  3. I'm a girl, and a huge fan of Stephanie Brown, and even I can't get behind all the ire here.

    Seems like it's a business decision. New comics fans are reading Smallville Season 11. DC wants to retain new readers. What happens when those new readers want to read MORE about Stephanie Brown? They have nowhere to go. So they replace here with Babs, who is in Batgirl, and Birds of Prey.

    Conspiracy theorists can go crazy about why they don't put Steph in more stuff, but otherwise? Seems like a sound business decision to me.

    1. That makes so much friggin' sense.

  4. I still find the decision of taking down stephanie brown form "batgirl" as one of the most stupid in the modern history of comic books.

    Steph KICKED ASS