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The Dark Knight

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Christopher Nolan
  Director




Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

 Release Date

July 16, 2008

 Runtime

2h32m (152 min)

 Budget

$ 185,000,000

 Revenue

$ 1,004,558,444


 Top Billed Cast

 Christian Bale
 Bruce Wayne / Batman
 Heath Ledger
 Joker
 Michael Caine
 Alfred Pennyworth
 Gary Oldman
 James Gordon
 Aaron Eckhart
 Harvey Dent / Two-Face
 Maggie Gyllenhaal
 Rachel Dawes


 Written by

Christopher Nolan Screenplay
David S. Goyer Story
Jonathan Nolan Screenplay
Bob Kane Characters
Christopher Nolan Story

 Tagline

Welcome to a world without rules.

 Videos




 Cast

Christian Bale
  Bruce Wayne / Batman
Heath Ledger
  Joker
Michael Caine
  Alfred Pennyworth
Gary Oldman
  James Gordon
Aaron Eckhart
  Harvey Dent / Two-Face
Maggie Gyllenhaal
  Rachel Dawes
Morgan Freeman
  Lucius Fox
Nestor Carbonell
  Anthony Garcia
Monique Gabriela Curnen
  Anna Ramirez
Ron Dean
  Michael Wuertz
Chin Han
  Lau
Eric Roberts
  Sal Maroni
Ritchie Coster
  Chechen
Anthony Michael Hall
  Mike Engel
Keith Szarabajka
  Gerard Stephens
Joshua Harto
  Coleman Reese
Melinda McGraw
  Barbara Gordon
Nathan Gamble
  James Gordon Jr.
Michael Jai White
  Gambol
Colin McFarlane
  Gillian Loeb
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina
  Janet Surrillo
Tommy Lister Jr.
  Tattooed Prisoner
William Fichtner
  Bank Manager
Cillian Murphy
  Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Patrick Leahy
  Gentleman at Party
Matt Skiba
  Man Trying to Reach Coleman Reese (uncredited)
David Dastmalchian
  Thomas Schiff
Michael Vieau
  Rossi
Michael Stoyanov
  Dopey
William Smillie
  Happy
Danny Goldring
  Grumpy
Matthew O'Neill
  Chuckles
Olumiji Olawumi
  Drug Dealer
Greg Beam
  Drug Buyer
Erik Hellman
  Junkie
Beatrice Rosen
  Natascha
Vincenzo Nicoli
  Crime Boss
Edison Chen
  LSI VP
Andy Luther
  Brian
James Farruggio
  Man No. 1
Tom McElroy
  Man No. 2
Will Zahrn
  Assistant DA
James Fierro
  Thug at Party
Sam Derence
  Male Guest
Jennifer Knox
  Female Guest
Patrick Clear
  Judge Freel
Sarah Jayne Dunn
  Maroni's Mistress
Charles Venn
  Gambol's Bodyguard
Winston Ellis
  Gambol's Bodyguard
Sophia Hinshelwood
  Reporter
Keith Kupferer
  Heckler
Joseph Luis Caballero
  Cop Heckler
Richard Dillane
  Acting Commissioner
Daryl Satcher
  Officer at Intersection
Chris Petschler
  Convoy Leader
Aidan Feore
  Fat Thug
Philip Bulcock
  Murphy
Paul Birchard
  Cop with Fat Thug
Walter Lewis
  Medic
Vincent Riotta
  Cop at 250 52nd St.
Nancy Crane
  Nurse
K. Todd Freeman
  Polk
Matt Shallenberger
  Berg
Michael Andrew Gorman
  Cop at Hospital
Lanny Lutz
  Bartender
Peter DeFaria
  Civilian
Matt Rippy
  First Mate
Andrew Bicknell
  Prison Ferry Pilot
Ariyon Bakare
  Guard Commander
Doug Ballard
  Businessman
Helene Maksoud
  Mother
Tommy Campbell
  Passenger
Craig Heaney
  Passenger
Lorna Gayle
  Passenger
Lisa McAllister
  Passenger
Peter Brooke
  Passenger
Joshua Rollins
  SWAT Sniper
Dale Rivera
  SWAT Leader
Matthew Leitch
  Prisoner on Ferry
Thomas Gaitsch
  Reporter #3
William Armstrong
  Evans
Adam Kalesperis
  Honor Guard Man
Tristan Tait
  Uniform Cop
Bronson Webb
  Bounty Hunter
David Ajala
  Bounty Hunter
Gertrude Kyles
  Fox's Secretary
Jonathan Ryland
  Passenger Ferry Pilot
James Scales
  Guardsman
Nigel Carrington
  Warden
Ian Pirie
  Corrections Officer
Lateef Lovejoy
  Prisoner
Grahame Edwards
  Prisoner
Roger Monk
  Prisoner
Ronan Summers
  Prisoner
Wai Wong
  Hong Kong Detective
Michael Corey Foster
  Honor Guard Leader
Hannah Gunn
  Gordon's Daughter
Jon Lee Brody
  Waiter (uncredited)
Debbi Burns
  Bank Patron (uncredited)
Maritza Cabrera
  Party Guest (uncredited)
Shirin Caiola
  Party Guest with Glass (uncredited)
Laura Chernicky
  Party Guest (uncredited)
Henry Milton Chu
  Lau Henchman (uncredited)
Kelli Clevenger
  Paramedic (uncredited)
Richard Divizio
  Chechen Gangster (uncredited)
Tony Domino
  Press Conference Heckler (uncredited)
David Fultz
  Pedestrian (uncredited)
Natalie Hallam
  Ferry Passenger (uncredited)
Jordon Hodges
  Police Officer (uncredited)
Erron Jay
  Prisoner (uncredited)
Nicky Katt
  Shotgun SWAT (uncredited)
Thomas Kosik
  Parade Police Officer (uncredited)
Don Kress
  Maroni's Henchman (uncredited)
Tim Krueger
  Assistant D.A. (uncredited)
Dan Latham
  Police Sgt. Spellman / Gotham Bomb Squad (uncredited)
Tom McComas
  Helicopter SWAT Sniper (uncredited)
James Mellor
  Ferry Passenger (uncredited)
Joseph Oliveira
  Officer (uncredited)
Buster Reeves
  Joker's Thug #2 (uncredited)
Peter Rnic
  Prisoner (uncredited)
Amit Shah
  Party Guest (uncredited)
Michelle Shields
  Angry Hospital Relative (uncredited)
Sofiya Smirnova
  Evacuee (uncredited)
Bruce Spielbauer
  High-Ranking Police Official (uncredited)
Robert Patrick Stern
  Extra (uncredited)
Robert Stone
  Dept. of Corrections Resident (uncredited)
Richard Strobel
  Detective (uncredited)
Tom Townsend
  Police Officer (uncredited)
John Turk
  Chechen's Bodyguard (uncredited)
John Warman
  Detective (uncredited)
Chris Wilson
  Major Crime Unit Detective (uncredited)
Kevin Zaideman
  Party Staff (uncredited)
Brandon Lambdin
  Armoured Car SWAT
Craig Braginsky
  Police Officer (uncredited)
Rick Avery
  Masked Thug (uncredited)

 Crew


Christopher Nolan
  Screenplay
Hans Zimmer
  Original Music Composer
James Newton Howard
  Original Music Composer
David S. Goyer
  Story
Kevin De La Noy
  Executive Producer
Lee Smith
  Editor
John Papsidera
  Casting
Charles Roven
  Producer
Wally Pfister
  Director of Photography
Emma Thomas
  Producer
Michael Uslan
  Executive Producer
Peter Lando
  Set Decoration
Benjamin Melniker
  Executive Producer
Nathan Crowley
  Production Design
Jonathan Nolan
  Screenplay
Christopher Nolan
  Producer
Lindy Hemming
  Costume Design
Thomas Tull
  Executive Producer
Nicholas Gall
  Casting
Nancy Hancock
  Makeup Artist
Steve Gehrke
  Script Supervisor
Jenne Lee
  Art Department Coordinator
Craig Jackson
  Art Direction
John Caglione Jr.
  Makeup Artist
Steven Lawrence
  Art Direction
Deena Adair
  Hairstylist
Lucinda Syson
  Casting
James Hambidge
  Art Direction
Sue Robb-King
  Makeup Artist
Naaman Marshall
  Art Direction
Mark Bartholomew
  Art Direction
Richard M. Daley
  Thanks
Janice Alexander
  Hair Department Head
Kevin Kavanaugh
  Supervising Art Director
Simon Lamont
  Supervising Art Director
Brad Dechter
  Orchestrator
Alyson Dee Moore
  Foley
Dennis Davidson
  Publicist
Kimberley Spiteri
  Hairstylist
Lora Hirschberg
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Michael Babcock
  Sound Effects Editor
Paul Jennings
  Stunt Coordinator
Richard King
  Sound Designer
Bob Gorelick
  Steadicam Operator
Bob Gorelick
  Camera Operator
Richard King
  Supervising Sound Editor
Gary Rizzo
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Daniel Pinder
  Music Editor
Stephen Vaughan
  Still Photographer
Ed Novick
  Production Sound Mixer
Alex Gibson
  Music Editor
Tom Struthers
  Stunt Coordinator
Michael W. Mitchell
  Sound Effects Editor
Rick LeFevour
  Stunt Coordinator
Jim Wilkey
  Stunts
Mark Mottram
  Stunts
Lorne Orleans
  Producer
Nilo Otero
  Assistant Director
Jeff Atmajian
  Orchestrator
Donald Likovich
  Assistant Editor
Rick Avery
  Stunts
Tom McComas
  Stunts
Bruce Fowler
  Orchestrator
Jim Boulden
  Animatronic and Prosthetic Effects
Jordan Goldberg
  Associate Producer
Bob Kane
  Characters
Conor O'Sullivan
  Prosthetic Supervisor
David E. Hall
  Post Production Supervisor
Brian Christensen
  Stunts
Kevin Kaska
  Orchestrator
Mira Husseini
  Unit Publicist
Bob Hall
  First Assistant Camera
Jessie Graff
  Stunts
David Orr
  Color Timer
Michael Magill
  Dialogue Editor
Linda Folk
  ADR Supervisor
Hugo Weng
  Dialogue Editor
Doug Hemphill
  Additional Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Scott Wesley Ross
  Assistant Editor
Jonathan Fawkner
  Compositing Supervisor
Chris Corbould
  Special Effects Supervisor
Peter Robb-King
  Makeup & Hair
David Gere
  Stunts
Christopher Nolan
  Director
Christopher Nolan
  Story
Brian Peters
  Stunts
Rebecca Steel Roven
  Set Production Assistant
Hamilton Sterling
  Sound Designer
Deborah K. Dee
  Makeup Artist
Patrick Caulfield
  Set Costumer
Lee Croucher
  Set Costumer
Dan Grace
  Costume Supervisor
Esther St John Gray
  Set Costumer
Brendan Handscombe
  Set Costumer
Gina Panno
  Set Costumer
Neal Callow
  Standby Art Director
Ashley Winter
  Standby Art Director
François-Xavier Aubague
  Visual Effects Producer
Pierre Buffin
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Paul J. Franklin
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Matthew Holben
  Visual Effects Producer
Ian Hunter
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Alain Lalanne
  Visual Effects Producer
Lorna Paterson
  Visual Effects Producer
David Sanger
  Visual Effects Producer
Tim Webber
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Heath Ledger
  In Memory Of
Jennifer Lamb
  Stunts
Sarah Franzl
  Stunt Double
Linda Perlin
  Stunts
Natalie M. Meyer
  Stunts
Marie Fink
  Stunts
Robert Stoneman
  Grip Production Assistant
Rob Bliss
  Concept Artist
Craig Lyn
  Visual Effects
Ben Shepherd
  Visual Effects Designer

 Trivia

- Budget: $185,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $158,411,483, 20 July 2008, Wide Release
Gross USA: $534,858,444, 19 July 2012
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $1,004,558,444, 19 July 2012
- (at around 1h 24 mins) Heath Ledger improvised when he started clapping inside his jail cell in a mocking and sardonic way, as Gordon is promoted. The clapping was not scripted, but Christopher Nolan immediately encouraged the crew to continue filming, and the sequence was included in the final cut.
- Heath Ledger directed both homemade videos that The Joker sends to GCN. The first video involving the fake Batman was done under writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan's supervision. Nolan thought Ledger had done so well with that sequence, he felt there was no need for him to be there when it came time to film the scene where reporter Mike Engel reads The Joker's statement. He put his trust in Ledger and let him do whatever he wanted, ultimately pleased with the result after he'd seen the outcome.
- In preparation for his role as The Joker, Heath Ledger hid away in a motel room for about six weeks. During this extended stay of seclusion, Ledger delved deep into the psychology of the character. He devoted himself to developing The Joker's every tic, namely the voice and that sadistic-sounding laugh (for the voice, Ledger's goal was to create a tone that didn't echo the work Jack Nicholson did in his 1989 performance as the Joker). Ledger's interpretation of The Joker's appearance was primarily based on the chaotic, disheveled look of punk rocker Sid Vicious combined with the psychotic mannerisms of Malcolm McDowell's character, Alex De Large, from A Clockwork Orange (1971).
- While filming a chase scene on Lake Street, the Chicago Police Department received several calls from concerned citizens stating that the police were involved in a vehicle pursuit with a dark vehicle of unknown make or model.
- This was the first comic book movie to reach the $1 billion mark worldwide.
- Made more money than Batman Begins (2005)'s entire domestic run in only six days of release.
- Heath Ledger's sudden death from drug toxicity on January 22, 2008 prompted immediate speculation over this movie's state and Ledger's disposition prior to death. Soon after Ledger's death was announced, "Warner Brothers" issued a statement that verified that Ledger had finished all of his scenes in principal photography,, as well as post-production fulfillments (looping), thus making The Joker his final, completed movie role. Rumors abounded that playing the intense role had taken its toll on Ledger's mental state, causing him to become depressed and take a wrong combination of drugs as a result. However, his family has since put such rumors to rest, by stating that far from being depressed, he had a lot of fun playing the role. Ledger did suffer from insomnia throughout his life, and would often take sleeping pills together with other prescription drugs (something his sister had actually warned against the night before his death). Unfortunately, the mix he took on that night proved to be a fatal combination.
- While this movie is dedicated to Heath Ledger, it also bears a dedication to Conway Wickliffe, a stuntman who was killed when the car he was a passenger in crashed.
- Christian Bale stated in an interview that during the interrogation scene, Heath Ledger wanted him to beat him as hard as he could to get the real feeling of what was required from the scene.
- In the documentary I Am Heath Ledger (2017), Heath Ledger's vocal coach on this movie, Gerry Grennell, stated that Heath had to continuously lick his lips due to his prosthetic coming off whenever he spoke. He eventually made this a tic of the character as he was filming.
- While filming the chase scene with The Joker and the S.W.A.T. vans, one of only four IMAX cameras in the world at that time was destroyed.
- Aaron Eckhart spoke about a unique experience he had with Heath Ledger during the hospital scene. He said that before lines were exchanged, Ledger would just walk around, in character, mumbling to himself in an odd manner. All Eckhart could do at the time was just watch him while still in character. This went on for several minutes, until Ledger got close to him. Eckhart felt compelled at this point to fiercely raise his hand up. Immediately, Ledger grabbed Eckhart's raised hand in an equally matched fierce manner. When the scene was over, Ledger, now out of character, told Eckhart "That's what acting's all about."
- During the hospital scene, when The Joker is dressed as a nurse, his name tag reads Matilda, after Heath Ledger's daughter.
- Two-Face's disfigurement was created through computer graphics rather than prosthetic make-up, as writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan felt that, no matter how good the make-up was, it is still inherently adding something onto an actor's face, when Two-Face's appearance requires part of his face to be burned away.
- Christopher Nolan and his co-writers, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer, made the decision very early on not to explore The Joker's origins. This was so the character could be presented as an "absolute".
- Despite endless speculation on which actor had been chosen to portray The Joker, Heath Ledger had always been amongst writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan's foremost choices for the role. Ledger and Nolan had met during the Batman Begins (2005) casting process for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, but Nolan and Heath agreed Ledger was wrong for the part. When casting the part of The Joker, Nolan met with several other actors before Ledger, but found them reluctant to take the role because of the popularity of Jack Nicholson's performance in Batman (1989). Upon meeting with Ledger again, Nolan recognized him as the perfect choice for the part. When asked the reason for this unexpected casting, Nolan simply replied, "Because he's fearless."
- Cillian Murphy reprised his role as Dr. Jonathan Crane a.k.a. The Scarecrow from "Batman Begins (2005)" in this movie. This makes him the first actor to reprise the role of a Batman villain in the whole film franchise. He also reprised his role in a cameo in "The Dark Knight Rises (2012)."
- The Batman theme is heard only twice in this movie, as composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard decided that a heroic theme that a viewer could hum would overlook the complexity and darkness of the character. Hearing the tune only twice would create what Zimmer calls "a musical foreshadowing".
- Christian Bale admitted he did not pack on as much muscle weight for this movie as he did for Batman Begins (2005), in part due to keeping with the new Batsuit design, which is leaner and more flexible.
- The infamous growl performed by Christian Bale was much rougher in this movie than Batman Begins (2005), and has been parodied countless times due to its extreme nature. However, the common misconception is that Christian Bale was fully responsible for this voice. The real voice, during filming, was more toned down, and then heightened to a rougher, grittier vibe during post-production under the decision of writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan.
- This is the first Batman movie where Batman operates outside of Gotham.
- According to Christopher Nolan, Bruce Wayne's reasons for needing a new Batsuit (to be faster and more agile) were, in fact, the real reasons why Nolan wanted the Batsuit to be redesigned for this movie.
- Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago in the movie. The Spanish word for "bat" is "murciélago".
- David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan collaborated on the story of this movie. The screenplay was written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan. After watching this movie, Goyer stated "I can't believe my name is on a movie this good."
- The first four days of scheduled shooting resulted in no film being rolled. Instead, writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan screened two movies per day for the cast and crew with a break in-between. The eight movies were (in order): Heat (1995), Cat People (1942), Citizen Kane (1941), King Kong (1933), Batman Begins (2005), Black Sunday (1977), A Clockwork Orange (1971), and Stalag 17 (1953).
- Takes place roughly nine months after Batman Begins (2005) ended.
- Heath Ledger's posthumous Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, as The Joker, was coincidentally announced on the first anniversary of his death.
- (at around 1h 18 mins) During the chase scene, when The Joker takes over driving the semi after his driver is killed, the bullet holes on the windshield form a smiley face.
- Blood appears on-screen four times: on the face of the fake Batman that The Joker hangs, on Harvey's pillow in the hospital, on Batman's arm when a dog attacks him, and briefly on the back of Lieutenant James Gordon when he is shot during the funeral scene. Most of the violence occurs off-screen, or is obscured by camera angles.
- (at around 1h 50 mins) When Harvey holds The Joker at gunpoint in the hospital scene, you can see that The Joker is actually holding the revolver's hammer with his finger, thus preventing the shot in case Harvey's coin lands on "bad" side.
- (at around 1h 35 mins) When Harvey Dent's face is on fire, the first frame reveals the Batman logo in his close-up.
- Aaron Eckhart described his portrayal of Harvey Dent as simultaneously coming from, and being apart from, the same world as Batman (Dent is the white knight of Gotham, as opposed to the Dark Knight). His challenge was "looking for the similarities and the tension between the two; to find what's similar to Batman, and then what's opposite to him." Eckhart prepared for his role by studying split personalities.
- (at around 2h 10 mins) In Batman (1989), Batman used the grapple gun on The Joker, causing him to fall to his death. In this movie, Batman also used the grapple gun on The Joker, this time to save him from falling.
- Christopher Nolan asked Aaron Eckhart not to perform any tics or slurping noises as Two-Face to make the character less "showy".
- The Joker's make-up was composed of three pieces of stamped silicone, which took less than an hour to apply to Heath Ledger on each day of shooting. Ledger described it as "new technology which is much quicker to apply than regular prosthetics". He felt like he was not wearing any make-up at all.
- Bruce Wayne wears a new Batsuit in this movie. This Batsuit was an improvement on the outfit from Batman Begins (2005), and made Christian Bale more comfortable and agile in his performance. It was constructed from two hundred unique pieces of rubber, fiberglass, metallic mesh, and nylon (producing an impression of sophisticated technology), with elastic banding added for tightening the costume to fit Bale. The gauntlets had their razors made retractable and able to be fired. The suit's cowl was based on a motorcycle helmet and separated from the neck piece, allowing Bale to move his head left/right/up/down, and comes equipped with white eye lenses for when Batman turns on Bat-sonar.
- (at around 13 mins) The date seen on Lieutenant James Gordon's security camera photo of The Joker taken during the bank heist reads "2008/07/18", which was the U.S. theatrical release date of this movie.
- After seeing his performance in Thank You for Smoking (2005), Christopher Nolan thought that Aaron Eckhart would be perfect for the role of District Attorney Harvey Dent.
- Like Batman Begins (2005), there are no opening credits or titles.
- When it was announced that The Joker would be main antagonist in this movie, it was rumored that Paul Bettany would be playing the part. However, when Heath Ledger was cast, writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan came under criticism from the media, as they thought Ledger was completely wrong for the role. These concerns were quickly silenced when the movie came out, as Ledger received universal praise for his performance.
- Unlike his counterpart in both the comics and Batman (1989), The Joker in this movie does not have his hair and flesh permanently bleached by toxic waste. His trademark grin was never definitively identified in the comics as a disfigurement. However, its appearance here, as scars carved into his flesh, echo the character's original inspiration, the character Gwynplaine from Victor Hugo's novel The Man Who Laughs (1928)

 Quotes

 New Quote

Joker: Let's put a smile on that face!
   


Joker: I believe whatever doesn't kills you, simply makes you... stranger.
   


Harvey Dent: You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
   


Joker: And I thought my jokes were bad.
   


Lucius Fox: Now that's more like it, Mr. Wayne.
   


Joker: Why so serious?
   


Joker: I'm a man of my word.
   


Bruce Wayne: I believe in Harvey Dent.
   


Joker: You've got a little fight in you. I like that.
Batman: Then you're gonna love me.

   


Some men just want to watch the world burn.
— Alfred

   


Rachel: Bruce, don't make me your one hope for a normal life.
   


Harvey Dent: The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.
   


The Joker: Come on, I want you to do it, I want you to do it. Come on, hit me. Hit me!
   


Lt. James Gordon: Nothing. No matches on prints, DNA, dental. Clothing is custom, no labels. Nothing in his pockets but knives and lint. No name, no other alias.
   


Evening, commissioner.
— The Joker

   


The Joker: Never start with the head, the victim gets all fuzzy. He can't feel the next...
   


The Joker: Those mob fools want you gone so they can get back to the way things were. But I know the truth: there's no going back. You've changed things... forever.
   


Batman: Then why do you want to kill me?
The Joker: [giggling] I don't, I don't want to kill you! What would I do without you? Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, no, NO! No. You... you... complete me.
Batman: You're garbage who kills for money.
The Joker: Don't talk like one of them. You're not! Even if you'd like to be. To them, you're just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper! You see, their morals, their code, it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve.

   


Bruce Wayne: [in his high rise apartment] The bandit, in the forest in Burma, did you catch him?
Alfred Pennyworth: Yes.
Bruce Wayne: How?
Alfred Pennyworth: We burned the forest down.

   


Harvey Dent: [in his hospital room] Remember that name you all had for me when I was at Internal Affairs? What was it, Gordon?
Lt. James Gordon: Harvey, I...
Harvey Dent: Say it.
Two-Face: Say it!
Lt. James Gordon: Two-Face. Harvey Two-Face.
[Dent turns his head, showing Gordon the mutilated side of his face]
Harvey Dent: Why should I hide who I am?

   


The Joker: [in a warehouse next to a mountain of money] All you care about is money. This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I'm gonna give it to them!
   


The Joker: You know. I don't want there to be any hard feelings between us, Harvey. When you and, uh...
Harvey Dent: Rachel!
The Joker: Rachel were being abducted. I was sitting in Gordon's cage. Now, *I* didn't rig those charges.
Harvey Dent: Your men. Your plan.
The Joker: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it! I just do things. The mob has plans. The cops have plans. Gordon's got plans. Y'know they're schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are. So when I say that you and your girlfriend was nothing personal, you know I'm telling the truth. It's the schemers that put you where you are. You were a schemer, you had plans, and, uh, look where that got you.

   


The Joker: I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know... You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan". But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!
[Joker hands Two-Face a gun and points it at himself]
The Joker: Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!

   


The Joker: And here... we... go!
   


The Joker: [while hanging upside down] Oh, you. You just couldn't let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.
Batman: You'll be in a padded cell forever.
The Joker: Maybe we can share one. You know, they'll be doubling up, the rate this city's inhabitants are losing their minds.
Batman: This city just showed you that it's full of people ready to believe in good.
The Joker: Until their spirit breaks completely. Until they get a good look at the real Harvey Dent, and all the heroic things he's done. You didn't think I'd risk losing the battle for Gotham's soul in a fistfight with you? No. You need an ace in the hole. Mine's Harvey.
Batman: What did you do?
The Joker: I took Gotham's white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn't hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!
[the Joker laughs hysterically as Batman races off and the cops come to take the Joker into custody]

   


Harvey Two-Face: You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time...but you were wrong! The world is cruel. And the only morality in a cruel world is chance. Unbiased, unprejudiced, fair.
   


James Gordon Jr.: Batman? Batman! Why's he running dad?
Lt. James Gordon: Because we have to chase him.
Cop: Okay we're going in! Go, go! Move!
James Gordon Jr.: He didn't do anything wrong.
Lt. James Gordon: Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

   


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Chaos
By DJ on September 11, 2017
 10

PREFACE
By 2008, Christopher Nolan had already achieved a lot, with Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins as well as The Prestige. All four movies were both critically acclaimed and commercial successes. So, three years after Batman Begins, Nolan came back with the sequel, in which we would get to see the Joker – a character so famously portrayed by the outstanding performance from Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's Batman, that the film was much anticipated.
When moviegoers learned that Heath Ledger would be portraying the infamous Joker, many did not understand this choice and thought the movie would possibly be a flop. Ledger was mostly known for his work on Brokeback Mountain, portraying a gay cowboy in a very emotional film. How do you go from a gay cowboy to the Joker?

NEW YORK CITY, JULY 24, 2008
It is hot as hell in New York City. We are in the middle of the summer and I am wandering in the streets of the city that never sleeps. The previous day, I had met with a group of people to watch another film that was opening at midnight. The evening was a complete disaster. The people I met were highly immature and, worse than this, the movie was horrendous. One of the worst films I had ever seen. At the exit, only one person of our group comes to me and tells me that she didn't like the film. The others apparently loved it, as they screamed "Nailed it" while the end credits were rolling. A complete disaster. No, tomorrow I won't participate – as we had organized a second viewing with other members, and some from that same evening.
The next day, I decide to enjoy and explore the vibrant city of my dreams. I feel lonely but I am where I want to be, that's the important part.
After a fun day, I decide to go out again and grab some food. New York is a big city, and I promise you this is true, in the middle of a city of 8 million people, I stumble across one of the persons from our group, checking his phone outside the restaurant we were supposed to meet. "Oh hi, perfect timing!", the guy tells me. What can I say? I join and get ready for yet another bad evening. They ask me how I thought the film was. Since I don't want to spoil their fun, I said I wasn't a fan, but hey it's just my opinion. One says "I know I will love it, because my characters are there." Well, that's not how I see movies. Movies are more than this. Movies is a magic to find. And tonight will not disappoint...
At the end of the lunch, we leave the restaurant but I tell them, no, I will not rewatch that dreadful movie with them. We go to the same cinema, but I buy another ticket. The name is The Dark Knight, and what I do not know is that I am about to watch one of my all-time favorite movies.

OPENING SCENE
The movie is packed. I'm glad, this is part of the experience. But I did not expect such reaction.
The movie starts and already I'm hooked. That beautiful shot of Gotham, slowly diving into the abyss with a daunting rising string music.
Shot in IMAX, the opening sequence is a complete masterpiece of action. A perfectly crafted money heist scene that is very inspired by Heat.

THE JOKER
The Joker does not appear in many scenes, but when he does, oh boy does that make for great scenes!
His first real speaking scene, when he joins the mob watching TV, is really well crafted. And we can see from the very beginning the violence of the character, simply killing a human being for no reason whatsoever - except actually showing that he's got no rule.
His second speaking scene is the one where he tells his "why so serious" speech for the first time. This makes for yet again a very creepy and dark scene, a movie that was shown to the cast and crew of The Dark Knight before shooting.

NEW GOTHAM
Gotham is clearly different from the city seen in Batman Begins. But this is really interesting, as we could say that this is actually the effect of Batman's work for the last years or so.

NEW RACHEL
Not only the city changes, but the actress playing Rachel is actually different.

MUSIC
The soundtrack from Batman Begins was superb. In this film, Hans Zimmer and John Newton Howard are taking it to the extreme, composing one of the most iconic scores of all time.

CAR CHASE
The car chase, filmed in IMAX is truly outstanding.

CULT SCENES
The second half of the film is almost like a continuation of cult scenes, one after the other. But not easy scenes, very complex and beautifully crafted scenes.

WAREHOUSE
The scene of the warehouse, with Harvey Dent screaming for Rachel is beyond words. A true masterpiece of a scene.

A CULT FILMMAKER
While Christopher Nolan had a following, The Dark Knight morphed him into a worldwide cult filmmaker, admired by millions. Each of his next film will be a cinematic event. He became my favorite contemporary filmmaker with this film, and more than ten years later, he only proved time and time again that he deserved this title. Not for glory, but simply because of the seriousness in which he works on projects.


Very good but not a super hero movie
By Gruic on April 2, 2018
 6


Good film, good casting and amazing music. But this is not a super hero movie. Everything is credibilize, the batmobile is a fucking tank, Gotham city is a regular bad town. No respect for the subject, too far from the original. It's like doing a Super Hero movie for people who does not like Super Hero things. Too easy and not assumed.

I prefer the vision of Tim Burton. That guy had balls.


Sublime
By Carry9 on April 7, 2019
 9

I liked this movie a lot.
The actors are great and I must say that Heath Ledger's impersonation of the Joker was really scary. I would not have wanted to meet him on the streets (or anywhere else by that matter).


tricksy

Excellent movie. Best of the trilogy. Lovely music. Nolan is a genius. So is Heath Ledger.


talisencrw

This has no competition. It is the very finest comic-book character movie ever made. Knowing the Burton, Donner and Nolan filmic adaptations of Batman and Superman exist helps me to sleep at night. They are Exhibit A of 'How to Make a Comic-Book Movie'. Nothing else has ever come even remotely close. These seven films (I include 'Superman II' because it was mostly Donner's work)--and Nolan's trilogy especially--are what I imagine a great director like Kubrick, Hitchcock or Kurosawa would have come up with, if they had ever been asked to make a Superman or Batman movie. They are the easiest for an audience to identify with because in these the scripts most approximate human emotions and the typical conundrums of the human experience--in short, are the closest, in a good way, they come to the complexities of the human condition. Peerless.


erickprieto

Perhaps the best Batman movie of all times. I think that this Batman trilogy presents the well-known superhero history in an unexpected way with the capable to maintain on the edge of the chair all time.
**Heath Ledger** present an excellent impersonification of a psychopath.
All support roles are magnificent.
And Bruce Wayne role played by Christian Bale, shows a human being behind of the mask.


moubledian

I used to leave a theatre after seeing a highly anticipated movie, specifically a sequel, and be so revved up about what I saw that I would declare that movie to be the best of a series. After each of the prequel "Star Wars" films, I rated that one the best, as good as any of the originals...for a time, until my opinion balanced out and I had a more well-rounded take. For that reason, I steer away from that mindset, and did for "Dark Knight".

Though my opinion is solidifying already after having seen a Warner Bros. screening last night, "Dark Knight" ably stands on its own with or without "Batman Begins". At a two and a half hour runtime, it's definitely an epic of a movie, but one that never runs out of gas. A delightful addition to this experience was a healthy amount of IMAX footage, which significantly adds to the feel of being on a personal, and gruesome, tour of Gotham City.

Christian Bale plays such a well rounded Batman and Bruce Wayne, qualities that none of those who have donned the cowl before him have pulled off. I still have to remember that Bale is British since he speaks with such a spot on American accent. Bale has a particular slurring lisp that serves him quite well, charmingly for Bruce Wayne and threateningly for Batman.

Countering him is the late Heath Ledger, who plays such a scary and creepy Joker that I found it impossible to NOT have chills half the time I saw him on screen. What really separates this brand of Joker from Jack Nicholson's portrayal is true unpredictability. It's obvious that, to be a good guy and think like the Joker, it really takes a toll, and it sure isn't easy. How exactly does one take him down when he's woven his harebrained plot around multiple hostages, explosives, or disappearing parlor tricks?

Initially, I was uneasy about how the character of Harvey Dent would be handled. In my mind, there was really only one faithful portrayal of him, and that could be found in the "Batman" animated series of the early 90s. As well as Tommy Lee Jones COULD have handled him in "Batman Forever", he certainly did not, though it still was a highlight of that movie. Aaron Eckhart ably assumes the mantle here, delivering a performance out of this world, easily on par with the Batman animated series.

Be it known, this caped avenger stands for the good of Gotham City that the police force and its counterparts can't represent, the good that has no jurisdiction, no procedures...and no rules, save for one. I can only hope that we've seen just the prelude to the Dark Knight's upcoming legendary battles with the worst of Gotham City's dark underside.

"The Dark Knight" gets a solid 10 of 10 stars.

I used to leave a theatre after seeing a highly anticipated movie, specifically a sequel, and be so revved up about what I saw that I would declare that movie to be the best of a series. After each of the prequel "Star Wars" films, I rated that one the best, as good as any of the originals...for a time, until my opinion balanced out and I had a more well-rounded take. For that reason, I steer away from that mindset, and did for "Dark Knight".

Though my opinion is solidifying already after having seen a Warner Bros. screening last night, "Dark Knight" ably stands on its own with or without "Batman Begins". At a two and a half hour runtime, it's definitely an epic of a movie, but one that never runs out of gas. A delightful addition to this experience was a healthy amount of IMAX footage, which significantly adds to the feel of being on a personal, and gruesome, tour of Gotham City.

Christian Bale plays such a well rounded Batman and Bruce Wayne, qualities that none of those who have donned the cowl before him have pulled off. I still have to remember that Bale is British since he speaks with such a spot on American accent. Bale has a particular slurring lisp that serves him quite well, charmingly for Bruce Wayne and threateningly for Batman.

Countering him is the late Heath Ledger, who plays such a scary and creepy Joker that I found it impossible to NOT have chills half the time I saw him on screen. What really separates this brand of Joker from Jack Nicholson's portrayal is true unpredictability. It's obvious that, to be a good guy and think like the Joker, it really takes a toll, and it sure isn't easy. How exactly does one take him down when he's woven his harebrained plot around multiple hostages, explosives, or disappearing parlor tricks?

Initially, I was uneasy about how the character of Harvey Dent would be handled. In my mind, there was really only one faithful portrayal of him, and that could be found in the "Batman" animated series of the early 90s. As well as Tommy Lee Jones COULD have handled him in "Batman Forever", he certainly did not, though it still was a highlight of that movie. Aaron Eckhart ably assumes the mantle here, delivering a performance out of this world, easily on par with the Batman animated series.

Be it known, this caped avenger stands for the good of Gotham City that the police force and its counterparts can't represent, the good that has no jurisdiction, no procedures...and no rules, save for one. I can only hope that we've seen just the prelude to the Dark Knight's upcoming legendary battles with the worst of Gotham City's dark underside.

"The Dark Knight" gets a solid 10 of 10 stars.

I used to leave a theatre after seeing a highly anticipated movie, specifically a sequel, and be so revved up about what I saw that I would declare that movie to be the best of a series. After each of the prequel "Star Wars" films, I rated that one the best, as good as any of the originals...for a time, until my opinion balanced out and I had a more well-rounded take. For that reason, I steer away from that mindset, and did for "Dark Knight".

Though my opinion is solidifying already after having seen a Warner Bros. screening last night, "Dark Knight" ably stands on its own with or without "Batman Begins". At a two and a half hour runtime, it's definitely an epic of a movie, but one that never runs out of gas. A delightful addition to this experience was a healthy amount of IMAX footage, which significantly adds to the feel of being on a personal, and gruesome, tour of Gotham City.

Christian Bale plays such a well rounded Batman and Bruce Wayne, qualities that none of those who have donned the cowl before him have pulled off. I still have to remember that Bale is British since he speaks with such a spot on American accent. Bale has a particular slurring lisp that serves him quite well, charmingly for Bruce Wayne and threateningly for Batman.

Countering him is the late Heath Ledger, who plays such a scary and creepy Joker that I found it impossible to NOT have chills half the time I saw him on screen. What really separates this brand of Joker from Jack Nicholson's portrayal is true unpredictability. It's obvious that, to be a good guy and think like the Joker, it really takes a toll, and it sure isn't easy. How exactly does one take him down when he's woven his harebrained plot around multiple hostages, explosives, or disappearing parlor tricks?

Initially, I was uneasy about how the character of Harvey Dent would be handled. In my mind, there was really only one faithful portrayal of him, and that could be found in the "Batman" animated series of the early 90s. As well as Tommy Lee Jones COULD have handled him in "Batman Forever", he certainly did not, though it still was a highlight of that movie. Aaron Eckhart ably assumes the mantle here, delivering a performance out of this world, easily on par with the Batman animated series.

Be it known, this caped avenger stands for the good of Gotham City that the police force and its counterparts can't represent, the good that has no jurisdiction, no procedures...and no rules, save for one. I can only hope that we've seen just the prelude to the Dark Knight's upcoming legendary battles with the worst of Gotham City's dark underside.

"The Dark Knight" gets a solid 10 of 10 stars.


tmdb22590444

One of the best movies of all time. Christopher Nolan has brought us the Batman trilogy that it made it feel it could happen today. Christian Bale returns as Batman, was able to perform as wonderfully as he did in Batman Begins. The one person that ultimately stole the show had to be the late Heath Ledger who played as the Joker. His performance as a psychotic clown terrorizing Gotham City was one of the best performance as a superhero villain. One of the best parts of the Joker was when he was telling his victims on how “he got his scars?”. Another great part was when he kidnapped a police officer and he was recording it while scaring the man and also giving a warning to Batman. The supporting actor and actresses did a good job of delivering the story. I was disappointed that Katie Holmes did not return as Rachael Dawes but the actress how played as her Maggie Gyllenhaal did a really good job. One of the best parts of Christopher Nolan is that in every movie of his, the cinematography would look amazing and this movie is no exception.


tmdb79614358

A Masterpiece!!! I Love how The Dark Knight shows to me the "Dark & Gritty Tone". Overall, Nolan give us the Game changing, best superhero film OF ALL TIME. For me it's 10/10


EDSR

A sickening, borderline fascist film that is simultaneously dull and harmful. The editing represents that of an anti-pirate commercial and the politics are beyond reprehensible. The film ends with a monologue about how violent law-enforcement and brutality is what the country needs, but does not deserve. Nolan clearly did not intend for any subtext, yet that is not an excuse, if anything, that makes it worse. He includes these scenes to make the film more dark and edgy, yet there are people, from suppressed countries, who have to live through the hardships of violence from law-enforcers and dictatorship every day, and in his obliviousness, Nolan thinks that using this in a superhero film is a good excuse for self-importance. He is a war profiteer, and exploiter, and this is nothing short of disgusting.


AstroNoud

Unforgettable crime film with good dialogue, thrilling action and chase scenes and once again a magnificent cast (most notably a terrifically terrifying Ledger) and superb score.

10/10


CinemaSerf

Heath Ledger is outstanding in this follow up to the 2006 "Batman Begins" outing for the caped crusader. His portrayal of the malevolent "Joker' is confident and highly entertaining, treading a fine line between supreme intellect and total insanity with considerable aplomb. He comes back to terrorise "Gotham" after "Batman" (Christian Bale), "Gordon" (Gary Oldman) - now Commissioner in charge of the police force, and newly installed District Attorney "Dent" (Aaron Eckhart) had made progress getting the criminals off the street. The "Joker", meantime, decides that the best strategy is to rob the mob - and pitching them all against each other, and with the help of the duplicitous "Lau" (Chin Han) manages to secure enough of their funds to initiate a campaign of lawlessness that is ruthless, manipulative and good fun to watch. Not only has the man in black his new, potent, nemesis to deal with - but he also begins to realise that his childhood sweetheart "Rachel" (this time Maggie Gyllenhaal) is drifting into the arms of the new DA. it is also pretty clear that they are both now proving to be an useful additional weapon in the armoury of his enemy who knows, increasingly, which buttons to press to cause maximum anxiety among those who would bring him down. It's over 2½ hours long, but really does fly by as the quickly paced action really does kick in right from the start. The story is dark and gritty but the pace isn't ponderous and moody - Ledger exudes a sense of peril throughout the whole thing, but that has an edge to it - a sophistication that plays well against the flawed superhero who is increasingly having to identify and cope with his own demons. Sir Michael Caine pops up now and again as his shrewd butler "Alfred", always striving to keep his boss on the right side of sanity, and Morgan Freeman continues to feature (sparingly) and his quartermaster. On that latter front, there are loads of new gadgets that still have that element of plausibility to them (no super-powers!). On balance I think I still preferred the first film, but as sequels go - this takes, and will take, some beating. On a big screen in a packed cinema, it's just a great experience.


The Movie Mob

**Overall : A cinematic marvel and once-in-a-decade masterpiece.**

This isn't simply a superhero movie or a Christopher Nolan film. The Dark Knight is a masterpiece. A perfect film. An epic scale with magnificent action pieces, oscar-winning performances, incredible writing, excellent pacing, dazzling special effects, and the list goes on and on, including the set design, costumes, and more. But, Christopher Nolan did more than make the greatest superhero movie of all time. He made one of the greatest movies of all time! All this is elevated further by Heath Ledger's once-in-a-lifetime portrayal of the Joker. Ledger was born for this role with a performance in league with Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter or Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday.


drystyx

Even worse than Tim Burton's Batman, although obviously copying the neo Nazi ideology of "kill all the brunettes you can in a movie".
This is so predictable and so poorly written that it boggles the mind. Yet there is a fan base of what can only be described as neo Nazis. I guess those fans were poor cuckolds who got jilted by too many brunettes at a young age, and they couldn't get over it.
That's about the entire story here. Oh, the Joker kills anything he sees. Whoopee. And he's invulnerable. And he's a demigod who can only be beaten by another demigod.
So, we've got traditional mundane Greek heroes and villains here, just like most Hollywood movies.
Unfortunately, the fans of these traditional Hollywood movies are the loudest people on Earth, and the biggest control freaks. It's ridiculous to believe there are actually this big a percentage of fans for this kind of depressing Hollywood formula movie making, but if you look at Imdb's top 250, you see such movies make up over half of the top 250. Are they voted up because control freaks vote more than non control freaks? Or are they voted up because control freaks use many fake user names? Probably both, which explains why over half of the top 250 are nothing more than Greek traditional idolizations of control freaks.
Oh, and Batman turns totally gay, which would be okay if he'd admit it, but he's given the choice of saving a man from death or a hot woman from death, and he chooses to save the man. This isn't any real Batman. It's just another contrived story line for the Nolan Nazi merit badge. They are not even subtle. They bang you over the head with their worship of Adolf and Eva.
God help the world if this garbage still has a fan base fifty years from now. But it could happen. We may have drug addicts and meth heads around for even longer than that, praising the hate and feeding the hate. It would be nice if someone made a real Batman movie with a real story line involving some degree of motivation.


Andre Gonzales

I enjoyed watching the Dark Knight. They were at least able to keep the same batman from the the last one made too.


James

If I can hold my pee for a whole two and a half hours rewatching a film I’ve already seen then I love it.



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