I guess you have heard by now that the new Batman movie "The Dark Night" took in a record $158.4 million in its opening weekend, making it the highest grossing movie opening in history. This "historical event" has raised some questions in my mind.
Allow me to share a few of these questions without comment (although the questions themselves are motivated by my comments). I invite you to respond or comment yourself at the end of this post.
What would motivate the American public to spend $158 million on a comic-book character's movie?
With gas sitting at about $4 a gallon and the public outcry about it getting louder, why was so much spent on this celluloid creation? (Maybe there were an extraordinary number of car-poolers at the multiplex.)
Were people exercising their voyeuristic tendencies by watching the now deceased Heath Ledger act in his final role?
Are the members of our society looking for a hero, a villain, or a police commissioner to identify with?
Is our collective culture seeking to find some kind of heroic rescue from their own personal Gotham Cities?