Christian Themes In THE DARK KNIGHT RISES | Finding Christ In Cinema

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we go to Gotham one last time as we look for Christian themes in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Can we learn to jump without the rope like Bruce Wayne in the Lazarus pit? Can we ever obtain the Clean Slate like Selina Kyle?

This image shows the movie poster for the Christopher Nolan Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

Faith and Salvation in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

The Lazarus Pit is a giant hole in the ground intended to detain the world’s nastiest criminals, and yet it is where we find Bruce Wayne after he has been captured and injured by the villain Bane. Living up to his name, the Masked Man tells Bruce that he will die in the Pit while Bane destroys Gotham City.

Bruce, however, plans on climbing out of the Pit and stopping Bane; the only problem is that no one has ever climbed out of the Pit, not for lack of trying but lack of ability. Only one person has climbed out, and they were a child when they did it.

According the blind doctor in the cell next to Bruce’s, that child was only able to climb out because that child didn’t use the safety rope like everyone else. As surrounding dialogue reveals, this “childlike faith” equates to having a healthy fear of death, and if Bruce really wants to escape, he’ll have to jump – to take a leap of faith – like the child did, without the rope.

This calls to mind the time when Jesus proclaims that those who do not receive Him with the faith of a child will not receive the kingdom of Heaven.


In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.

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