With Nolan's Batman trilogy wrapping up this week, I, like so many, took time over the weekend to watch the first two films again for the millionth time. Though I do love both, I have a fundamental issue with the Dark Knight's origins. This may be an issue with the actual comics, but I've never read those, and the following is what I know from the film. If I have to warn you there are "spoilers" below, just walk away...
A lot of Bruce Wayne's issues lie within a childhood trauma of witnessing his parents' murder when he was just eight years old. Now in Nolan's origin film (can't remember how it played out in the Burton/Schumacher films), the Wayne's are at the opera and young Bruce gets freaked out by bat-esque characters on stage. So he asks his father if they can leave. Here's where I take issue.
Does Dr. Thomas Wayne escort his lovely wife and very young son out the well-lit main entrance of the opera house to find a taxi? Um...no. He decides instead to lead his precious family, in their fine attire and jewels, out the back of the theater, through a door which spills into a dark and grizzly alley, littered with trash, graffiti and criminals with guns so that the Waynes can be mugged and killed. Good one, Dad!
We know Dr. Wayne isn't oblivious to the economic crapper Gotham City has been in for many years, as he gave young Master Bruce a nice little speech about it while riding the train (seriously, rich people?) on the way to the opera just moments before. Now I wouldn't even take my child down a dark alley in such a lovely place as Pleasantville (before Reese Witherspoon whores it up), let alone what is thought of to be a big and dangerous city like Gotham. You can still get mugged and murdered in the front of a building. At least I wouldn't think you're a complete dumbass if you did.
SO RIDDLE ME THIS:
Why did the Waynes leave through the creepy back door instead of the front?
(NOTE: If this is actually explained in the comic, please feel free to inform me of it.)