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The second film in Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy released in 2008.

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The Dark Knight Strikes

  • Dec 19, 2008
Three years have passed since audiences thrilled to the exploits of the Caped Crusader in Batman Begins and now writer/director Christopher Nolan (Insomnia and The Prestige) brings us the second chapter in the unfolding Batman saga. Rather than creating a sequel that relies entirely on action, Nolan has decided to go another route. The Dark Knight is even more intense, violent and psychologically complex than its predecessor. 
Why So Serious?

After Batman saved Gotham City from the schemes of Ra's al Ghul, Lieutenant Gordon warned Batman of a new threat to Gotham's safety: The Joker. Now we learn how much of a threat he is. The Joker is revealed to be a psychotic criminal mastermind devoted to creating chaos whenever and wherever possible. And Batman becomes desperate to stop him. It's this desperation that drives him to use questionable methods in his nightly battle against crime. But The Joker is a master of manipulation and he's counting on Batman to up the ante. When he does The Joker takes advantage of the situation. He makes himself the central figure in Gotham's criminal underworld and soon even members of the mob become fearful of him.

Batman begins to question whether or not he can endure such hardships without being weakened or corrupted. He sees that Gotham needs a new hero, a leader who will in any situation do the right thing for the people. He believes Harvey Dent to be that hero. Harvey is an idealistic D.A. and a social crusader. He's also dating Rachel Dawes, who still loves Bruce but cannot be with him so long as he is Batman. This is why Bruce begins to ask himself if the time has come to pass the torch on to another.

But is Harvey Dent really the man to succeed Batman? Is he as noble as people believe him to be? Or is there something dark and terrible lurking in the psyche of "Gotham's White Knight"? If so The Joker will only be happy to exploit it. And he does so in grand fashion. An immense tragedy strikes and someone close to Bruce is left dead (I'm not telling who) and Bruce decides that Batman is no longer needed, that he's become part of the problem and not the solution.

Meanwhile, Harvey's sense of justice is perverted and he becomes Two-Face, a maniacal vigilante who is obsessed with chance and flips a coin to determine his actions. It's clear that only Batman can stop him and The Joker, who delights in creating moral dilemmas for his victims before killing them. But can one man make a difference or is Harvey right? Is it just a matter of time before even Batman's corrupted?

As with the first film, The Dark Knight features an extraordinary cast including Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Heath Ledger as The Joker, Michael Caine as Alfred, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Cillian Murphy as The Scarecrow. Other cast members include Eric Roberts, Anthony Michael Hall and Michael Jai White. Every member of the cast is great, but especially Maggie Gyllenhaal, who replaces Katie Holmes as Bruce Wayne's love interest and Heath Ledger, who is phenomenal as the psychopathic Joker.

The Dark Knight is an amazing follow-up to Batman Begins and takes the "comic book film" to a whole new level of depth. It's easily one of the darkest superhero movies* I've seen, but that's what makes it brilliant. Christopher Nolan has made a disturbing, superhero tragedy that will in time redefine the genre. If Batman Begins was the philosophical Batman film then The Dark Knight is its sociological counterpart. There can be no knowing what the future holds for Gotham's Caped Crusader, but so long as Christopher Nolan is helming this series you can be sure that there are still many surprises in store.

* = I would strongly advise parents to take caution before letting their children watch this film. It contains scenes of intense action, brutal violence and presents viewers with moral questions to which it doesn't necessarily give any answers.

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July 08, 2010
Like the previous film one of the best movies I own, I actually watch both multiple times. Also dead or not Heath Ledger deserved that Oscar.
April 26, 2010
Good review this was one of my all time favorite films of 2008 and it is too me one of the greatest comic book adaptions of all time. Nice work.
April 27, 2010
Yeah, Nolan does comic book movies (all movies for that matter) like no director since the days of Hitchcock and Kubrick. The man is a pure cinematic genius.
April 27, 2010
I agree he's one of the greatest directors of the modern era right up there with Kubrick, Scorssese and Spielberg.
April 26, 2010
I am featuring this review....let me know if you want anything else featured (hard to find the reviews per member in a community)
April 27, 2010
Aw, thanks. Okay, I can't even remember right now what stuff I have in what community, but I may point out a few that have been overlooked so far.
April 27, 2010
February 11, 2009
I am the only person I know who didn't like The Dark Knight. I thought it was too long, confusing and lacked any suspense. I've already been attacked over this, so please refrain. I just thought Batman Begins was more of an experience.
January 08, 2010
Nope, you're not the only one DJRosstar. Though I do agree that "Batman Begins" was slightly better, I still feel that this was an exemplary comic book film. Out of curiosity, what did you find to be confusing?
February 11, 2009
I sometimes wonder if this is the most reviewed film on the internet. I'm fairly certain that I've read more reviews of this one than of any other, with the possible exception of DIARY OF THE DEAD-those however, were usually very short.
December 21, 2008
ha ha! seems like all three of us posted our reviews for this one! take care, Count!
January 08, 2010
Heard any news about the third film recently? For a while there the rumour mill was putting out new theories everyday as to cast, director, and plot, but I haven't read anything lately.
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The Dark Knight is a 2008 American superhero film co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is a sequel to Batman Begins. Christian Bale reprises the lead role. Batman's primary conflicts in the film include his fight against his arch-nemesis the Joker and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent. For his conception of the film, Nolan was inspired by the Joker's first two appearances in the comics and Batman: The Long Halloween. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. The director used an IMAX camera to film six major action sequences, including the Joker's first appearance in the film. The Batsuit was redesigned, with a cowl allowing Bale to move his head.

The film was released on July 18, 2008 in North America, and on July 21, 2008 in the United Kingdom. During its opening weekend, the movie brought in over $155 million, breaking nearly every box office record.
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Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Release Date: July 18, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
Runtime: 152 minutes
Studio: Syncopy Films, Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Studios
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