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    The Politics of the Dark Knight

    Superhero movies tend to be trite, even the best of them. Like the bold swaths of colored ink that fill comic book pages, it seemed such movies had to contain simple lessons and obvious conflicts. They were not serious movies, not even the best of them. Then came along “The Dark Knight.” You will have heard that it’s good. You will have heard that Heath Ledger turns in such a performance as the Joker that his interpretation should now define the role. You will have heard that it’s a genuine dramatic film that just happens to star men in masks. All of this is true. You will also have heard…