TIL The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan based his characterization of Bruce Wayne on Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. To Nolan, both characters overcame great personal loss and a traumatic childhood by reinventing themselves and personally taking on crime.

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  1. Funnily enough, I was just doing a Roosevelt deep dive. I always assumed he was a lawyer for a minute, but apparently he was a statesman/politician right out of college and just set about trying to fix the world that way. It’s worth noting that Roosevelt’s greatest tragedies didn’t come until his adulthood though, so the Batman parallel kinda falls apart there.

  2. Teddy wasn’t a child though. His wife and mother died on the same day, and he choose to overcome the grief by suppressing it and never thinking of it again. He refused to let anyone speak his wifes name again, which was a drag for their daughter who had the same name.

  3. I like Batman, and those movies were great, but oh my god how much better would they have been had Batman actually gone around acting like Teddy Roosevelt.

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