The Dark Knight (2008)
|Writers:||Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan|
|Released:||Friday, July 18, 2008|
|Rating:||Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.|
The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.
Purchase DVD/Blu-ray/4K physical copy of The Dark Knight today at
The Dark Knight images are © Warner Bros.. All Rights Reserved.
Michael Keaton in Talks to Reprise Batman Role 6/22/2020 3:29 PM EST
Word around town is that Michael Keaton may be reprising his role as Batman. The actor is currently in talks to star in the Warner Bros.'s DC movie The Flash.Keaton played the iconic superhero in 1989's Batman and again in 1992's Batman Returns. He turned out to be a fan favorite, even though many initially doubted his ability to play the debonair caped crusader. It's also being said that these ta... More>>
The Dark Knight Coming Back to IMAX Theatres for Batman's 80th A... 3/14/2019 10:52 AM EST
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Batman, Warner Bros. will be returning all three "Dark Knight" films to IMAX theatres. Jeff Goldstein, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, made the announcement."Christopher Nolan broke new ground with the ‘Dark Knight' Trilogy, and this is a rare chance for today's audiences to experience these extraordinary films as they were meant to b... More>>
Batman's 80th Anniversary Events Announced Around the Globe 3/7/2019 4:04 PM EST
Batman will turn 80 this year, and celebrations for the event are being announced.On March 30, DC Comics will hold a "Happy Birthday Batman" panel at WonderCon, which takes place in Anaheim, with tie-in events that will be held at this year's ComicCon in SanDiego. To celebrate Batman Day on September 21, more events will be held, such as a 5K and 10K cosplay run and a display of Bat-signals in cit... More>>
Imax to Release The Dark Knight for 10th Anniversary 7/18/2018 2:01 PM EST
In honor of its 10th anniversary, Imax will be releasing The Dark Knight on its screens next month. Beginning on August 24, fans can take advantage of seeing the film in this giant format for one week at Imax theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.The film, which starred Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, was originally released July 18, 2008 and brought the world a legend... More>>
Hangover Director Todd Phillips Working on Joker Origin Film 8/23/2017 11:02 AM EST
Rumors have been swirling about a possible Joker origin film being in the works. According to reports, "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips is currently in talks to direct and co-write the film. It is also said that Martin Scorcese could be involved with the project as well. Origin films have become quite popular in recent years and the Joker would be perfect for such a platform. The character ... More>>
Matt Reeves Signs on to Direct The Batman 2/23/2017 2:53 PM EST
In a seemingly never ending saga, Matt Reeves has officially signed on to direct "The Batman".Ben Affleck, who stars as Batman, was originally set to direct the film, but stepped back so that he could focus more on his starring role. Reeves was then offered the job, and negotiations started taking place. Just last week, however, it was announced that negotiations had been put on hold, but that th... More>>
The Batman Still Looking for a Director 2/20/2017 8:55 AM EST
"The Batman", which will star Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, has suffered another setback in production, according to reports. This time, the issue lies with the negotiations between Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves for the role of directing the film.Ben Affleck was to direct "The Batman", as well as star, but had stepped out of the director's chair last month to focus more on his acting role. He ... More>>
Ben Affleck Steps Down from Directing The Batman 1/30/2017 10:20 PM EST
Ben Affleck has decided that he will be stepping down from directing his upcoming film tentatively titled The Batman.Affleck said in a statement, "There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together wit... More>>
Ben Affleck Says Batman Film is "Right on Track" 12/14/2016 11:58 AM EST
Ben Affleck was out recently, speaking about his upcoming film, Live by Night, in which he starred as well as directed, produced and wrote the script. He briefly discussed his other, more high profile film to be released, The Batman."We're on the right track with that and everything is coming together. We're still finishing up a script. I'm very excited", said Affleck.Doing a Batman film is a pre... More>>
LexCorp Industries Releases Statement Regarding Future of Company 4/1/2016 10:59 AM EST
Warner Bros and DC have brought their universe to our world with the creation of a LexCorp Industries Instagram page, which you can access here. The company has posted the following:"Due to unfortunate circumstances, LexCorp Industries will be temporarily suspending it's global operations. When interviewed about his actions against a fallen alien, Lex Luthor responded with; "Ding, ding, ding, din... More>>
Hans Zimmer to Retire from Superhero Film Work 3/31/2016 3:47 PM EST
Hans Zimmer has announced that he will no longer be writing scores for superhero films. Zimmer definitely won't be retiring altogether, so not to worry, folks.Zimmer said, "I have officially retired from the superhero business. I did Batman Begins with [Christopher Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight trilogy might be three movies to you - to me it was 11 years of my life."Not only did he com... More>>
Ben Affleck Has Written a Batman Script 3/31/2016 10:58 AM EST
Ben Affleck is no stranger to screenwriting, even having earned an Academy Award for "Good Will Hunting". Well, now, Affleck has taken on a project close to his heart - a solo Batman film."He's contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape", said WME-IMG's co-CEO Patrick Whitesell in a recent interview. He added, "there's a script that he's writte... More>>
The Dark Knight Theatrical Review
As if you didn't already know, The much-hyped sequel to the critically acclaimed reboot of the Batman franchise was released in theaters yesterday to record box office numbers (18.5 million in midnight screenings alone). While the film is entertaining and probably a better use of your money than 2 gallons of gasoline, here are 5 things which keep the film from achieving "masterpiece" status. Warning, spoilers ahead.
5. The voice of Batman
OK, its understood Batman is supposed to "elemental" and use fear to get information/intimidate his adversaries. But what heck is that low, forced growl Christian Bale keeps spewing from behind his mask? Every time he opened his mouth to deliver a cringe-inducing one liner sounded like Wolverine on a 5 pack a day nicotine habit. In the previous film the voice was more gritty and fresh, here it sounds overacted and rehearsed.
4. Killing off Two-Face
What the #!@#@$, Chris Nolan. You introduce a main villain from the Batman mythos 3/4ths of the way through your movie, give him 3 or 4 "choices" to make (something tells me he's made up his mind already) then kill him off? Really? He won't even make a bit appearance ala scarecrow in "Batman 3: Who the Hell are Going to be the Villains". Aaron Eckhart did a (surprisingly) amazing job portraying Harvey Dent/Two face and now can't be brought back.
3. Universal Bat "Sonar" gimmick
It was pretty cool when Lucius Fox rigged Batman's cellphone to have sonar so that Batman could "see" like a bat. But then, in some weird twist of the studio exclaiming "We need more CGI!!!! ZMOG!!!!" We are told that Bat sonar is now somehow equipped on every cell phone in the city (is that how it worked?) and Lucius must monitor all of Gotham on a giant green screen...er...monitor board and this is how they find out where the Joker is hiding. This is either a) a giant cop-out b) A way to sell "Real Eye Glow!" Batman figures or c) a cool application to write for the iPhone.
2. The Bat Pod
In yet another shrewd merchandising move we are introduced to the "Batpod" a motorcycle inspired vehicle that transforms as a result of catastrophic damage to the Bat...tank? When it was first introduced in the lead up to Batman Begins the new Bat mobile looked ridiculous enough then turned out to be surprisingly cool in the movie. Here we have an idea clearly inspired by the bottom line of Mattel and Warner Brothers. If "realism" is what Nolan was going for, the idea that a military "Tumbler" would somehow have the need to transform into a motorized bicycle is certainly out of the question.
1. Heath Ledger just wasn't that good.
There. I said it. With all the hype, all the praise, all the Oscar nods, and all the fanboys quoting the trailers for the past 6 months Heath Ledger fails to deliver. Its an OK performance. The audience laughed when it was supposed to laugh, was shocked when it was supposed to be shocked, and maybe might have been rooting for the Joker. But by the end of the film the character just comes off as hollow. It is sad the Ledger will not be able to hone what he has begun to create in the Joker and return for the sequel, but a posthumous Oscar will just be pandering to the tabloid magazines which made him a star.
-- Eric English
Read More The Dark Knight Reviews
- Allison Hazlett-Rose (A) (4K Ultra HD Review)
For more reviews please visit our film/television review section.