With stunning visuals and bold new techniques, Christopher Nolan truly captured the caped crusader.
Apr 24, 2009
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 a great standalone feature. The visuals are stunning, helped in part by the implementation of IMAX cameras. The movies opening bank heist, as well as many other action sequence, were filmed on super high resolution IMAX cameras (one of which was destroyed during shooting). IMAX had never been used for action sequences before, but Nolan's bold move paid off, offering the audience some of the crispest pictures seen on the silver screen (or Blu-ray disc). Taking Batman and his fictional city of Gotham and placing them in a universe that feels so real to the viewer was exactly what this franchise needed. No more Jim Carrey Riddlers, no more Tommy Lee Two Faces, this movie felt like it could actually happen, while staying true to the comic books. Heath Ledgers astounding portrayal of the Joker is a performance that will go down in history as his finest. Christian Bale doesn't fail to keep Batman as intense as ever, and Aaron Eckhart played Harvey Dent like he was meant to be played (although his portrayal of Two Face left something to be desired).
With stunning cinematics, an A-List cast, and the world's finest equipment, The Dark Knight is an astounding movie that would be great even if Batman didn't start out as a comic book. Christopher Nolan's fingerprint can be seen all over the film, and we can only hope he comes back to do a third. If you haven't seen The Dark Knight, you are missing out on an amazing theatrical experience.
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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.