The final trailer has dropped for The Dark Knight Rises and I literally just got goosebumps. Ya. I’m a nerd. Christian Bale will be reprising his role as the caped crusader while bloody brit actor Tom Hardy will be playing primary villain Bane. Other newcomers include: Anne Hathaway as a mysterious Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman, while Joseph Gordon Levitt plays John Blake or a possible Robin, and finally the beautiful Marion Cotillard plays Miranda Tate or a potential Talia Al Ghul. Big Boss Man Christopher Nolan has indeed done a good job keeping most of this stuff underwraps, as the film is his swan song to the Batman franchise. The film’s reportedly epic ending is on the utmost of DL, to the point that only Nolan and four other people know what it is. Why does this movie look so frikkin cool you ask? Because it’s about a good ol’ fashioned Artisan dogfight.
“What Artisans do most and best is work on their immediate environs in a tactical way. Tactics is the art of making moves to better one’s position in the here and now, whether these moves are dabbing oils on a canvas, flying in rough weather, dishing off the basketball on a fast-break, or skirmishing on the battlefield. Indeed, SP battle leaders are no different from SP painters, pilots, or point guards: they are always scanning for opportunities, always looking for the best angle of approach, and so are able to come up with that particular action which at the moment gives them the greatest advantage, and that brings success.” — Please Understand Me II, p. 38
Bruce Thomas Wayne had the unfortunate luck of witnessing his parents murder when he was a child, an event that birthed his life goal of ridding Gotham City of evil. Bruce has since evolved into an arrogant billionaire industrialist and notorious playboy by day, and a ruthless masked vigilante by night. Characterized by his physical prowess and technical ingenuity, Batman ‘strikes terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere’. Indeed Bruce Wayne is a martial arts ‘prodigy’ and spent his youth on a global sojourn acquiring a variety of useful skills and tactics including chemistry, criminology, forensics, martial arts, gymnastics, disguise, and escape artistry. Bold, daring, and audacious with a strict adherence to utility The Caped Crusader is a great example of a Promoter Artisan. Indeed Batman has a thick skin and is a hard-nosed utilitarian, doing whatever it takes to get the job done. The Dark Knight knows all too well however as most Promoters do, that “he who travels fast, travels alone”.
Bane spent his childhood and early adult-life in prison, serving a sentence for his fathers crimes. Bane’s ‘natural abilities’ allowed him to develop ‘extraordinary skills’ within the prison walls including a plethora of brutal martial arts. Bane has since evolved into a ‘super intelligent world-class fighter’ and a ‘tactical genius’. Bane is most known for causing a prison break to overwhelm Batman, and then breaking his back while he is weak and tired. Impulsive, fearless, and ridden with brute strength, Bane is a classic Crafter Artisan. Certainly, Bane like all Crafters communicates primarily through his actions. Bringing his prison mentality to Gotham City, Bane decided to go after the man that everyone feared: Batman. Indeed a physical specimen, actor Tom Hardy packed on 30 pounds of muscle to play the role. Like his fellow Crafters, Bane is ‘fascinated by weapons of all kinds’ and wields them with ‘lethal virtuosity’. Like his enhancement drug venom, his army of mercenaries, or perhaps his ‘doomsday device’.
“Aritsans do not care to take tickets at the gate, or sit in the bleachers , or referee the game. They must be in the game, at the very center of things where the action is.” — Please Understand Me II, p. 48
“Oblivious to the past and the future, they can concentrate all their powers on a clear and present opportunity. And so more often than not they win.” — Please Understand Me II, p. 49
“With this eagerness to live boldly “up to that minute,” Aritsans are the world’s greatest risk-takers. They delight in putting themselves in jeopardy, taking chances, facing hazards, whatever form their endangerment might take. Even if it means they must walk away from a good job or a settled life, they might very well pay that price. SPs say that life is too short,” they must “make hay while the sun shines,” and that he who hesitates is lost.” SPs do not hesitate; on the contrary they often find risk-taking so irresistible that they court it again and again, pushing ever closer to the edge.” — Please Understand Me II, p. 52