The sequel to the 2005 Batman Begins is even better than its predecessor. Much different than the earlier comical Batman series, this one is much darker, much tragic, and portrays the Batman that you read in comic books.
Batman with his fears and values refuses to cross the line that all the villains cross. He uses his head to combat villains. He tries to prevent bad things from happening to others that he has experienced himself. He's an icon of yin and yang. He portrays humanity at its best. We are all capable of doing good and capable of doing something evil. Batman controls and balances the two sides.
Joker on the other hand is a psychotic, chaotic, and creepy super villain who wants to inject more chaos into the world. He's not a typical villain who goes after fame, power, or money. He just wants to create more chaos. He's a perfect arch nemesis, the opposite of Batman. Both are smart, both are talented in what they do, both have a dark side, and both won't compromise. And yet Batman refuses to take a life, refuses to cross that line. Joker wants to prove that everyone has a price, everyone can be bought, even the most self-righteous person can be turned to the dark side. If you can kill the innocence, then there are no innocent people. If you can turn someone to the dark side, then there is no good in Gotham! That's his psycho analysis of Gotham.
Heath Ledger does a superb job in playing in this role. He's psychotic and creepy. Even his jokes will send creepy tingles to your senses. Brilliant script in a psychotic hands, Heath's performance shines in this move. I still think, however, that Jack Nicholson can do a better Joker if he was younger given Nolan's script.
Two-Face is another villain that shows up in this movie. He starts out to be the epitome of good in Gotham. A shinning star that the city needs amidst all these corruptions. And yet he ended up being a victim of the Joker. Someone who wants others to pay for their mistakes. The opposite of self-controlled Batman, Two-Face has a huge problem in balancing his good and evil side. He uses his coin instead to decide whether he'll do good or evil, psychotic at the root. Two-Face is a picture of Batman crossing that line of good and evil.
What happens at the end? The Dark Night says it all. Operating in the dark, outside of the law, and yet Batman keeps the value of true good in his heart. Is Batman the mask? Or is Bruce the mask? Is it easier to stop being Bruce? Or is it easier to stop being Batman? Watch and answer yourself. The best movie in 2008 so far, The Dark Night is a must see movie of the year. Oscar buzz is already going around for Heath Ledger's Joker.
This is one of the best comic book movies ever made. I like the 1989 Batman film better and I always will, but I can't really compare the two because this is great in its own way and will go down as its own creation, and defnitely as a great one. This is a comic book movie for everyone, and marketing to children had little to nothing to do with anything. This is a movie strictly for adults, and even people who don't like comic book movies can find something they … more
I love it when a filmmaker takes a well-known character and gives him a reinventing makeover. Director Martin Campbell found success twice giving James Bond the badly-needed breath of new life, first in Goldeneye and again in 2005's outstanding Casino Royale. It was also in 2005 that Christopher Nolan, best known for his cult indie film Memento, accomplished this same feat with Batman. Batman needed it. I admit I've always been fascinated with the Caped Crusader. But the movies tore him from his … more
Finally, after what seems like an eternity of buzz, waiting, hype, and tragedy, what could easily be the biggest movie of 2008 is upon us: Christopher Nolan's second installment in his re-imagining of DC Comics' Batman, The Dark Knight. Does this mammoth two-and-a-half-hour superhero magnum opus live up to expectations? The simple answer is yes. With The Dark Knight Nolan has crafted what may be the greatest superhero film to date. In a summer where Marvel blew the doors wide open with the … more
By now, The Dark Knight is known to be the best of the best when it comes to super hero movies as well as Heath Ledger's final Oscar winning performance. What some people fail to realize about Christopher Nolan's masterpiece is that it is also the best crime drama of the decade. Forget that Batman is in this movie for a second. Without him you have a movie that focuses on the Mob, dirty cops, inner city politics and a mad man watching all of this unravel as he adds his own breed … more
Wow, what a summer. Its only halfway over and already I've been treated to two incredible super hero films, The Incredible Hulk [Theatrical Release] and the masterpiece Iron Man (Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] which, to me, is one of the top three super hero films of all time along side the likes of Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Edition) and Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition). From deeper then expected films like Wall-E [Theatrical Release] to the resurrection of the Indiana Jones franchise … more
We've all been there. Sitting in the theater regretting spending $9 on a movie based on a childhood superhero. Thankfully, The Dark Knight is not one of those superhero movies. Christopher Nolan, the man behind movies like Memento and Batman Begins, took Batman and Gotham city to a place that most superhero movies dare to go. Reality. Nolan made The Dark Knight gritty, realistic, and... well dark. This wasn't just a popcorn movie, this wasn't just a superhero movie, this was … more
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.