On several occasions I've seen users decrying the Nolan Batman as being little more than spy-fi with little or no fantasy or science-fictional content.
Is the 'Dark Knight trilogy' on topic for SFF:SE and if so, why?
Related: Is Gotham on topic?
It's on topic (check the links at the bottom).
To me, this question actually seems to be about defining what Sci-fi is. Without a fast definition, we can't compare the trilogy to it and see how it holds up. If Nolanverse is off-topic, then we need to come up with a better definition of SFF.
The top answers on these questions would place Nolanverse on topic, easily:
Reading those answers, the community seems pretty open to accepting a broad range of SFF, and our actual Q&A voting patterns would seem to agree. Our voting seems to be less based on "Is this even on topic?" even on grey area questions, and more "Is this even a good question?"
(And since our reigning policy is "if you think a case can be made for it, it's on topic", I think the case has been made, not here but in the fact that the questions are here already and have done well enough).
I'm posting this answer separately so what's given here isn't coupled with my other reasoning:
Our longest-standing, highest-approved determination of SFF on-topicness is this:
- If it's marketed as SF, it's on-topic.
- If magic, futuristic science or technology, alternate history, or other sf-nal concept is an important part of the overall plot, it's on-topic. (Alice in Wonderland, Clockwork Orange, etc.)
- If the question is specifically about an sf-nal element, even if it's only a minor part of the work, it's on-topic.
- If it's set in an on-topic universe, it's on-topic.
- If you're not sure it's SF but you think a good case can be made for it, it's on-topic.
- If there is a minor supernatural element (e.g. a fortune teller's prediction comes true, or someone sees a ghost, or a story for children involving anthropomorphic animals) but it's just a throwaway plot element that's not particularly relevant to the question, it's off-topic.
This is a rather inclusive policy. I think being inclusive will generate less friction (better have a few questions that purists can just snub, than cause bad feelings by closing borderline questions). This isn't to say you shouldn't vote to close if you feel that a borderline question is on the wrong side of the border, but please explain your reasoning when you cast your close vote.
For 1: I'd say it's marketed as a Super Hero film, and getting agreement on whether or not that's SF marketing may not happen.
The first film includes:
A sci-fi sonic transmitter device that summon bats to its location
The first 3 are very large pieces of the plot, with the last two being the core plot and part of the climax of the film.
For the second movie:
A tank-like vehicle with a certain level of automation, plus the ability to eject a motorcycle-like device that uses the same "wheels", and said motorcyle device has wheels that can rotate on two axis.
The first two are major plot elements and involved in the climax. Also, movie 2 is in the same universe as movie 1.
For the final movie:
These elements all play important pieces of the plot. This movie is still in the same universe.
For 4: If one film is SFF, then per this rule they all are. We also have the possibility of a DC Multiverse event at some point that ties the movie universe to other universes, which could also reinforce this shared universe space.
For 5: I think a good case can be made. I think I made it here already.
The policy is meant to be inclusive. Putting this as off-topic would cause friction, and would snub people.
And, determining whether or not it's on-topic was supposed to be handled by the community voting to close, and explaining their votes. No one is VTCing these questions, that I can tell. We've been okay with them, therefore we are okay with them.
If we're not okay with, that should be settled by exercising rights to close and reopen, not adding a new policy that says the questions should be closed or open. The existing policy is to let we the people make this decision ourselves, for each question, not have meta make the decision for us and then we go and enforce it for every question that matches.
Dark Knight trilogy is way less Sci-Fi then James bond film.
A billionaire man uses scientific gadgets to fight crime. Villains are a man with half burnt face, a psychotic man and a team of assassins; nothing more Sci-Fi then any spy film.
Just because he is Batman seems the most unreasonable statement. On the other hand, DCEU's batman is Sci-Fi, as he fights with alien beasts and his villain gallery included super-powered people (the Suicide Squad). Similarly, the Gotham TV series does have Sci-Fi elements: resurrections, super-powers etc etc.