Our foe did not come only to destroy our things or our people. They came to desecrate our way of life. To foul our beliefs. Trample our freedom. And in this, not only did they fail, they granted us the greatest gift—a chance at our rebirth. We will rise renewed, stronger, and united. This is our time. Our chance to get back to the best of who we are. To lead by example with the dignity, integrity, and honor that built this country. And which will build it once again. May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
—President Benjamin Asher, “Olympus Has Fallen”
The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.
—Harvey Dent, “The Dark Knight”
And the Great American Movie continues, set off by The Dark Knight in 2008, followed-up by The Dark Knight Rises in 2012…and just keeps going…and going…and going…
By 2013, as The Year Of The Mask continued, what was previously only “comic book kid stuff” started to become the honest-to-gods template for ideology, politics, and even international relations. And one of the most successful movies of that year would, in its way, give the tragic Harvey Dent/Two-Face storyline the sort of happier and more idyllic ending the nation needed.