The surveillance is shown to be a necessary evil undertaken by good men who needed to take strong action to protect the people, but which would be laid down once the crisis was over. Similarly, in real life life, the perceived need for increased security led to intrusions and barriers that were presented as temporary when they were introduced, but which were never stepped back. Differences between real life and the movie isn’t indication that the movie isn’t propagandizing similar ideas, but rather of the fact that the movie is taking those same real world concepts and making them more heroic so they’ll appeal more. You know. Propaganda.
As a tangent, also noteworthy is the idea that you have to lie to people for their own good, which… gross, you know? At least Rises has the guts to drag that idea through a mud a little, because it was really central to Dark Knight, and really vile.
But I don’t want to talk too much about Dark Knight’s politics - have you heard about our Lord and Savior “Superman and the Mole Men”?
1:Superman The Movie
2: Batman ‘89
(While neither are my favorites as a fan, their historical influence and importance on the entire genre of superhero film cannot be denied.
3: Batman Begins
4: Wonder Woman
5: Batman & Robin
1: JL Gods & Mosters
2: JL: Doom
3: Gotham by Gaslight
4: Flashpoint Paradox
5: Superman/Batman Public Enemies (the Power Girl “He’s not a kid. He’s 13, ya know.” maybe one of the best lines of all time.)
6: Superman/Batman Apocolypse: