Batman’s Gotham is a Caricature of the Biblical Babylon
Wallace Henley , Special to Christian Post The dark knight rises and Gotham's dark night deepens.British critic Jenny McCartney didn't see much light in Gotham. As she watched Dark Knight Rising, "the greatest surprise of all – even for me, after eight years spent working as a film critic-has been the sustained level of intensely sadistic brutality throughout the film," she wrote, in the UK publication, The Telegraph.
Gotham is to the contemporary world what a caricature is to a living person's likeness: identifying features – Bob Hope's nose, Kelsey Grammer's "Frazier" forehead – that are exaggerations of the real thing. Gotham is the caricature of "Babylon," identified in the Bible Book of Revelation as the world system seeking to function without God, and usually in defiance of Him.
If James Holmes was the Joker incarnate, what began the descent that led to the slaughter in the Aurora theater? At some point, the weight of the killer's personal sin was attracted by the mass of absolute evil, and a chaotic spiral began until, under the force of spiritual entropy, disintegration and chaos took over.
This is what St. Paul is warning about when he writes, "don't give place to the devil." (Ephesians 4:27) That "place" in James Holmes, in me and you can grow into a density that is captured by the mass of absolute evil spun into reality by the first rebel, Lucifer.