“But Nolan has a more subversive agenda. He wants viewers to stick their hands down the rat hole of evil and see if they get bitten. With little humor to break the tension, The Dark Knight is beyond dark. It’s as black — and teeming and toxic — as the mind of the Joker. Batman Begins, the 2005 film that launched Nolan’s series*, was a mere five-finger exercise. This is the full symphony.

Also, the DC/New Era Repeating Wings Dark Night hat is great (h/t ptb). And: a “careening” rant on the homosexuality of Batman and Robin by mad genius and dirty joke folk historian Gershon Legman (h/t L.).

*Described by Chicagoland correspondent S. as “a portrait of a city in the depths of a K-hole.”