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The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 July 2008 (USA)
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When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

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Top Rated Movies #4 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 151 wins & 154 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. Written by Leon Lombardi

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The night is darkest before the dawn. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Batman Begins 2  »

Box Office

Budget:

$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

BRL 7,102,500 (Brazil) (20 July 2008)

Gross:

$534,858,444 (USA) (19 July 2012)
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Actor and musician Dwight Yoakam turned down two different roles in this film. One was for the part of Detective Wuertz (later played by Ron Dean), as well as the small part of the Gotham National Bank manager (portrayed by William Fichtner) featured at the very beginning. See more »

Goofs

As Joker and Batman (on his Batpod) face off, a banner on the building behind Joker reads "Sweet Home Chicago" - the actual location where the downtown scene was shot. (A line below the name reads "Chocolates - Nuts - Coffee - Pastries," indicating that it is a local store with a pun in its name, not travel or event-related.) A short distance away, when the armored transport carrying Harvey Dent stops, a LaSalle Street address can be seen, indicating the street the shot was filmed on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grumpy: [with Chuckles, picks up Bozo on the street] Three of a kind, let's do this!
Chuckles: Huh, that's it? Three guys?
Grumpy: Plus two guys on the roof. Every guy gets a share. Five shares is plenty.
Chuckles: *Six* shares. Don't forget the guy who planned the job.
Grumpy: He thinks he can sit it out and still take a slice? I know why they call him "The Joker".
Happy: [up on the roof, breaking open the alarm box with Dopey] So why do they call him "the Joker"?
Dopey: I hear he wears makeup.
Happy: Makeup?
Happy: Yeah, to scare people. You know, war ...
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Crazy Credits

The DC logo contains two comic-book images: a shot of the Riddler, and picture of Batman punching him out. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

No one likes Clowns
Composed by Craig Braginsky,Randy Kerber
Sony Special Products GmbH
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Heath Ledger's Dark and Brilliant Swan Song
20 July 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I couldn't believe "The Dark knight" could live up to the hype. That's perhaps the biggest surprise. The secret, I believe, is a stunning, mature, intelligent script. That makes it the best superhero movie ever made. As if that wasn't enough, Heath Ledger. He, the newest of the tragic modern icons present us with a preview of something we'll never see. A fearless, extraordinary actor capable to fill up with humanity even the most grotesque of villains. His performance is a master class. Fortunately, Christian Bale's Batman is almost a supporting character. Bale is good but there is something around his mouth that stops him from being great. "The Dark Knight" is visually stunning, powerful and moving. What else could anyone want.


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