It’s after 10 p.m. on a Saturday night and I’m descending an escalator in the Jerusalem Mall, located in the Malha neighborhood. My head is a bit muddled at this hour – a late one for me. I’m on a father-son outing – I’m going with my two boys, one a soldier, the other a high school senior, to see some good guys beat up some bad guys. We slide off the moving stairs at the second floor and swerve left to the Gil multiplex movie theaters.
The boys have chosen “The Dark Knight,” the new Batman movie. I grew up with Batman comic books and the old twice-a-week TV series, but it’s a long time since I’ve had contact with Bob Kane’s eyeless hero of Gotham City. I missed the earlier films with the caped crusader’s latest incarnation.
My junior high school comic book addiction seems to belong to the biography of a different person. That kid knew who the good guys were (Batman, Robin, Jews, liberals, most Supreme Court justices) and who the bad guys were (the Joker, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Communists, Republicans, Nixon). The bad guys wore makeup, dressed funny and sought world domination. The good guys had big muscles and washboard abs (except for the Supreme Court Justices, the liberals and the Jews.)
My own boys, growing up closer to real battles, may be more worldly about conflict than I was at their age….[Read the rest on the Jerusalem Report website–come back here to comment!]