As Batman attempts to overthrow the magistrate’s rule over Gotham City, the Dark Knight realizes the consequences of his most controversial weapon.
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Gotham City of Future State no longer belongs to Batman but to the Magistrate, an authoritarian villain who strictly controls the entire city with his advanced technology and well-armed enforcers. And while vigilantes and masked outlaws are banned on pain of death, Bruce Wayne will not take lightly what has become of his hometown. Batman faked his death to focus on dismantling the Magistrate’s rule. And when the Dark Knight’s new and desperate crusade begins in earnest, Bruce witnessed firsthand the dangers of one of his most controversial weapons when used against him and the rest of Gotham.
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Recovering from his epic fall from grace, Bruce rearms himself as Batman and plunges headlong into this dystopian, cyberpunk vision of Gotham. As the Caped Crusader sits atop one of Gotham City’s main squares, he observes that the Magistrate has his eyes on the city at all times from all points thanks to a fleet of nano-drones that provide the villain with wide-open eyes. heaven. While the Magistrate has every inch of the city covered as part of his oppressive surveillance state, Batman realizes that he will have to find a way to locate a blind spot in this Big Brother system if he hopes to take the Magistrate off guard. come down.
Batman’s visible disregard for surveillance tactics seems a bit hypocritical compared to similar strategies used by the Dark Knight to keep his city safe in the past. The most notable example of this comes from the 2008 film The dark knight when Bruce quietly developed a system to hack into the entire city cell phone network and broadcast a sonar signal that allows him to keep his eyes on all of Gotham. Lucius Fox was dismayed by the massive invasion of privacy and the ethical implications, and agreed to help Batman locate the Joker with the technology but with the ultimatum that he would resign if the system remained active. Understanding Lucius’ concerns, Batman had already built a switch that destroyed the system after the Joker was neutralized.
This type of mass surveillance was used by Batman several times in the comics, with one of the most visible cases in the 1996 miniseries. Kingdom come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross. When Bruce’s body began to fail after suffering numerous serious injuries, he monitored his city from the safety of the Batcave using a fleet of towering robots; a precursor to the advent of unmanned aerial drones that came true. Batman used his robots to fight crime across the city, reasoning that the lack of privacy yielded tangible results in his lifelong crusade.
The characters of the DC Universe, and by extension the fans, let Batman have his way from time to time using his own surveillance system because he is Batman; They know how paranoid and controlling the Dark Knight can be, he always cares about the best interests of Gotham City. However, the magistrate has taken advantage of the surveillance state to create his own overarching system to tighten his grip on Gotham, turning one of Batman’s most controversial tools against him. However, the Magistrate never counted on Batman to turn the tables using his own tools against him as the true mastermind of surveillance in Gotham.
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