One thing that struck me about The Dark Knight Rises was how painfully literal an allegory for the Cold War Bane’s rule over Gotham was — insofar as there is “Occupy” imagery, it’s immediately conflated with Communist imagery. You have the nuclear deterrent, the gestures in favor of freedom even as the U.S. literally adopts a policy of containment, the show trials, the gulag (“exile” to the icy wastes), the common people living it up in the ruins of the great mansions, etc., etc. It’s as though Nolan is sending a message: “So you want to rebel against capitalism, do you? Well, remember what happened last time!”
It’s a specifically right-wing narrative overall, with Batman as Reagan — and a racist narrative insofar as the left-wing ideology is only opportunistically seized upon as a vehicle for specifically Oriental nihilistic will-to-power. And as is basically legally required in films with an “East-meets-West” theme, the Western character turns out to outdo the Orientals at their very Orientality, despite (or as a result of) not being immersed in the culture. Batman is the better League of Shadows, just as capitalism is the better nihilism.