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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.

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Who Almost Played the Dark Knight?

It's tough to picture anyone other than Christian Bale as Batman in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, but plenty of other actors were considered. See who they were.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Bruce Wayne
Heath Ledger ... Joker
Aaron Eckhart ... Harvey Dent
Michael Caine ... Alfred
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Rachel
Gary Oldman ... Gordon
Morgan Freeman ... Lucius Fox
Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Ramirez
Ron Dean ... Wuertz
Cillian Murphy ... Scarecrow
Chin Han ... Lau
Nestor Carbonell ... Mayor
Eric Roberts ... Maroni
Ritchie Coster ... Chechen
Anthony Michael Hall ... Mike Engel
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

18 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batman Begins 2 See more »

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Box Office

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
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS | IMAX 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Held the record for reaching the five hundred million dollar mark the fastest, after 45 days. The former record holder was Titanic (1997) (98 days). It has since been surpassed by Avatar (2009) (32 days), The Avengers (2012) (23 days), Jurassic World (2015) (17 days), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (10 days). As of December 2016, these are the only six movies to have reached this milestone. See more »

Goofs

(at around 35 mins) When Batman jumps from the IFC2 skyscraper, you can see the Bank of China Tower to his right. When he crashes through the window into the building, you can see the same building again, but it's now directly behind him. 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 Warner Bros logo, Legendary Pictures logo and DC Comics logos are shaded dark blue. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Blu-ray version of the movie has several of the big action scenes and high altitude photography scenes in ordinary 16:9 (1.78:1) widescreen ratio while the rest of the movie preserves the "scope" format (2.39:1). This is because these scenes were filmed in IMAX, whose format is 1.44:1, thus attempting to recreate the effect witnessed in IMAX theatres, as well as preserving as much of these shots as possible. See more »

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A Batman Of Shakesperean Proportions
24 July 2008 | by littlemartinarocenaSee all my reviews

Dark, yes, complex, ambitious. Christopher Nolan and his co-writer Jonathan Nolan deserve a standing ovation. I don't usually go for loud movies filled with mindless gore and violence. "The Dark Knight" is certainly loud and violent but it's not mindless. It has depth and soul. Even the Joker, in an extraordinary creation by Heath Ledger, is deeply human. The natural petulance of Christian Bale makes his ego and alter ego the most fascinating and complex of all film superheroes. Part of the genius of this movie is that Batman himself, in screen time, is not really the lead. My attention was captivated by Heath Ledger and he determines and inspires the breathtaking atmosphere that envelopes Gotham as well as us. The aplomb of Christopher Nolan as a director is mind blowing and his secret, I believe, is his obvious respect for his audience. What he's done is to elevate a popular genre into Shakesperean proportions. Bravo!


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