11 years ago, the first movie of a trilogy that would redefine the hero of Gotham was released. Arguably the best series among superhero movies, and set firmly in the real wold, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy isn't just about jam-packed action sequences- they are also about our inspirations, our fears, human flaws and about people having no superpowers, but still standing for a symbol greater than life. So what can we learn from The Bat of Gotham?
1. Never Give Up
"And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."
No matter how hard you work and try, it is impossible to not fail at some point in your life. But, the important thing to remember is to pick ourselves up after getting knocked down. And then try harder.
2. Actions Speak Louder Than Words and Good Intentions
It's not what you do underneath, it's what you do that defines you - Rachel
We intend to, but we always procrastinate till tomorrow. We want to wake up early, but we still hit the snooze button. We want to work out and hit the gym, but from next week. We want to start our own company, but get stuck in the same job for 10 years. Batman teaches us to walk to the talk. Keep our intentions good, and do what we intend and need to.
3. Never Take Anyone Lightly: Always Be Prepared
Remember how everyone took The Joker so lightly? Nobody took him seriously. They paid the price for it. Batman would never make the same mistake.
Tower of Babel is a series of issues, wherein we learn that Batman had back-up plans against everybody in the Justice League just in case they go rogue. We should try to be that guy. Not have back-up plans against our friends, but for general life decisions when they do not go as planned.
3. Devote Yourself to Your Ideals
"If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely"
And they won't be able to stop you. You may work for money, and you may be rich. But it will disappear as soon as you die. When you stick to ideals though, people remember you even long after you are gone. There is a reason that people still remember Abraham Lincoln and Mother Teresa with fondness.
4. Never Give Up on the Person Who Matters to You Most
"You still haven't given up on me?" - Bruce
"Never" - Alfred
When you love some one, you should always place your complete trust and confidence on that person. It is your helping hand that they will need, in their moment of weakness and self-doubt, to raise themselves back up onto their feet again.
5. Do Not Expect Credit for Your Good Deeds
Batman's aim is not to fight for the accolades or the credits that come with saving the city from a mindless freak. Or two. He fights for true justice. Similarly, our mindset shouldn't be to work for money and other materialistic pleasures, but to work hard and hope for success at the end of the day.
You could never be Superman, you could never be The Incredible Hulk, but anybody could become Batman - you'd have to inherit a couple billion dollars and have all these gadgets, but nevertheless it's possible. Like maybe if we tried hard enough, if we worked hard enough, if we trained hard enough, maybe, just maybe, we could become Batman.”
― David Goyer
With Batman, it's all about training, dedication, discipline, and always being prepared for the worst, no matter how improbable it seems. He doesn't have any superpowers, but he saves superheroes on a regular basis.