The Dark Knight

(2008)

The follow-up to the action hit "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne. In the new film, Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.

Is the Joker the Hero in ‘The Dark Knight’?

Is the Joker the Hero in ‘The Dark Knight’?

Suicide Squad is bringing a new version of The Joker to the big screen for the first time since 2008's The Dark Knight. It will have been 8 years since Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance as the clown prince of crime. And people still can't stop talking about the actor's contribution to the comic book genre. Will Jared Leto be able to live up to the legacy? Maybe. But it's debatable wether or not fans will still be talking about him in 2024 as passionately as fans still talk about Heath Ledger in 2015. And a new fan theory has arrived to help push the point home.

This essay points to The Joker being the hero at the heart of The Dark Knight. And despite all the death and mayhem caused by The Joker, the author seems to have some evidence to back this up. Christopher Nolan is credited with creating the The Godfather of comic book movies with The Dark Knight. And it's such a thick work of fiction, that people are still pulling it apart, deconstructing it, and studying it almost a decade later. And at the heart of the beast rests Heath Ledger's mesmerizing performance.

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Go Inside Heath Ledger's Joker Diary from ‘The Dark Knight’

Go Inside Heath Ledger's Joker Diary from ‘The Dark Knight’

Even though next year's double-whammy of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad is set to introduce Jared Leto as the new Joker for the DC Cinematic Universe, people are still talking about Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning turn as the villain in 2008's The Dark Knight. A new German documentary about the life of the actor actually gives us a glimpse into the diary he created in bringing one of the most iconic villains to the big screen. And it's a pretty insightful look at how an actor creates a role.

Heath Ledger only lived to be 28 years old. The news of his death spread like wildfire. The first major Hollywood star to have died so young in the age of the Internet, his passing deeply touched all of Hollywood as well as fans around the world. But Heath Ledger was a reluctant celebrity, a star that didn't really want to be one. By opting to play character roles in small films and declining major offers such as the leading role in "Spiderman", he deliberately made "unwise" choices and risked his career on several occasions. He was far more interested in the serious art of acting than in becoming famous as a Hollywood superstar.

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Christian Bale Reveals the Origins of His Batman Voice in ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy

Christian Bale Reveals the Origins of His Batman Voice in ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012.

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Check Out Cillian Murphy and Anne Hathaway's ‘Batman’ Auditions

Check Out Cillian Murphy and Anne Hathaway's ‘Batman’ Auditions

We've already shown you some of the bonus features fans can expect on The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray, which arrives today. In case you haven't had a chance to make it to the store yet, a slew of new behind-the-scenes photos have been released. The first batch features Cillian Murphy auditioning as Batman for Batman Begins, wearing Val Kilmer's suit. Of course, he ended up playing the Scarecrow in this trilogy, but you can check out how he looks in the Batman suit for the first time. In addition, we also have photos from Anne Hathaway's audition for Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, where she beat out other notable actresses such as Kate Mara and Jessica Biel. If that wasn't enough, we also have photos from Aaron Eckhart's makeup tests on The Dark Knight and Tom Hardy's early tests on The Dark Knight Rises. Take a look at these photos, then take a look at all of the special features details on The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray set.

Christopher Nolan's reimagining of the Batman franchise beginning with 2005's Batman Begins enjoyed phenomenal critical and box-office success. Now on September 24, Nolan's three Batman films - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises - will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition. The six-disc set will feature all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. This must-own collection for fans of DC Comics' Caped Crusader is available in premium packaging and will sell for $99.97 SRP.

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Watch Christopher Nolan Break Down His Original Batman Pitch for Warner Bros.

Watch Christopher Nolan Break Down His Original Batman Pitch for Warner Bros.

With The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray set arriving next week, excerpts from the special features have already started to surface. Earlier today, we showed you Christian Bale's first screen test as Batman opposite Amy Adams, while wearing Val Kilmer's Batman suit. Another video has arrived, featuring director Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov and Warner Bros. president of production Greg Silverman discussing the filmmaker's early pitch to the studio, and how he envisioned it as being different than any other superhero movie. Take a look at this featurette, which also includes behind-the-scenes footage from this blockbuster trilogy.

Christopher Nolan's reimagining of the Batman franchise beginning with 2005's Batman Begins enjoyed phenomenal critical and box-office success. Now on September 24, Nolan's three Batman films - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises - will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition. The six-disc set will feature all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. This must-own collection for fans of DC Comics' Caped Crusader is available in premium packaging and will sell for $99.97 SRP.

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Watch Christian Bale's Batman Audition in Val Kilmer's Batsuit!

Watch Christian Bale's Batman Audition in Val Kilmer's Batsuit!

Amy Adams stepped in for the actor's screen test before he won this coveted role in director Christopher Nolan's trilogy.
‘The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition’ Blu-ray Debuts September 24th

‘The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition’ Blu-ray Debuts September 24th

This six-disc set will feature all three of director Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, along with hours of new special features.
‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition Box Set Revealed

‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition Box Set Revealed

This massive collection will include nine discs, a book, three villain prints, a poster and three Batman toy vehicles.