In The Dark Knight Rises — the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, for anyone who somehow doesn’t know — the villain Bane is hellbent on two things: The FUBARing of Batman and Gotham City, and the acceptance of goofy oral headgear. We don’t know if the Caped Crusader has met his match this time, but if history is any indication, Batman will manage to defy the odds and vanquish Bane, just as he has countless Batman villains of all shapes and sizes. Whether he was battling Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, Penguin, or Film Freak (hey, they can’t all be classic Batman villains), the Dark Knight has always been able to restore order … but not before those villains taught us some valuable life lessons.
Lesson 1: MAINTAIN YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR
Several Batman villains loved to laugh — Two-Face, Riddler — but only one was truly committed to preventing things from becoming so serious: The Joker. Turns out he was onto something … other than a way to scare the bejeezus out of anyone around him. Laughing reduces the level of stress hormones in the body and increases levels of happy-making endorphins and brain-boosting neurotransmitters. Studies have also shown that laughter strengthens the immune system and might even help prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure. In desperate need of a laugh? Re-watch Batman & Robin!