[115] Their nine-minute suite for the Joker, "Why So Serious? !Let's hear it for one of the greatest directors of modern days, Christopher Nolan! Eliza Dushku, It was constructed from 200 individual pieces of rubber, fiberglass, metallic mesh, and nylon. It was difficult simulating fire on Eckhart because it is inherently unrealistic for only half of something to burn. But that was just the beginning. The new cowl was modeled after a motorcycle helmet and separated from the neck piece, allowing Bale to turn his head left and right and nod up and down. Approved "[90] Production of The Dark Knight in Chicago generated $45 million in the city's economy and created thousands of jobs. A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. It was a good re-start to a franchise, bringing everything that the fans wished to see for so many years. 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"[184] Benjamin Kerstein, writing in Azure, says that both Klavan and Landesman "have a point", because "The Dark Knight is a perfect mirror of the society which is watching it: a society so divided on the issues of terror and how to fight it that, for the first time in decades, an American mainstream no longer exists. 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"[160], The Dark Knight was ranked the 15th-greatest film in history on Empire's 2008 list of the "500 Greatest Movies of All Time," based upon the weighted votes of 10,000 readers, 150 film directors, and 50 key film critics. [85][86] Instead of using the Chicago Board of Trade Building as the location for the headquarters of Wayne Enterprises, as Batman Begins did,[87] The Dark Knight shows Wayne Enterprises as being headquartered in the Richard J. Daley Center. The movie even inspired a WB/DC animation of small films in the anime format, very much in the lines of what the first Matrix did, to connect and expand the new Batman mithology on the movies.But Christopher Nolan was just wiping out the dust and putting things in order again, as the line "why do we fall?" ", "Movies: In Stetson or Wig, He's Hard to Pin Down", "World Exclusive: The Joker Speaks: He's a Cold-blooded Mass-murdering Clown", "Heath Ledger Says His Joker Has 'Zero Empathy, "Nolan Talks DARK KNIGHT Blu-Ray, a 100,000 Person Screening of the Film (Featuring Live Q & A w/ Nolan), TDK Sequel, and More!! Nolan's inspiration for the film was the Joker's comic book debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, and the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retold Harvey Dent's origin. Margot Kidder, Yasuhiro Aoki, [101] Officials expressed concern over possible noise pollution and traffic. Christopher Nolan The Joker interrupts, warns them that Batman is unhindered by the law, and offers to kill him in exchange for half of their money. 158,831 [237] In the United States, The Dark Knight set a sales record for most DVDs sold in one day, selling 3 million units on its first day of release—600,000 of which were Blu-ray Discs. The Dark Knight's biggest territory was Australia, where it grossed $13.7 million over the weekend, setting a record for the largest superhero film opening. [216][217] Additionally, the film set an IMAX opening-weekend record, with $6.3 million[206] (a record first surpassed by Star Trek). [140] Online, ticketing services sold enormous numbers of tickets for approximately 3,000 midnight showtimes as well as unusually early showtimes for the film's opening day. [235] The BD/iTunes version presents the film in a variable aspect ratio, with the IMAX sequences framed in 1.78:1, while scenes filmed in 35 mm are framed in 2.40:1. [16] On July 31, 2006, Warner Bros. officially announced initiation of production for the sequel to Batman Begins titled The Dark Knight;[61] it is the first live-action Batman film without the word "Batman" in its title, which Bale noted as signaling that "this take on Batman of mine and Chris' is very different from any of the others". Eric Roberts plays Sal Maroni, an Italian mafia boss who takes over Carmine Falcone's mob, and Ritchie Coster portrays the Chechen, a Chechen mafia boss in charge of drug-trafficking for the mob. You can clearly see it after an hour and 15 minutes in, when Batman and Bane faces each other. [221] Moreover, it was the fastest film to reach $100 million (a record first surpassed by New Moon), $150 million and each additional $50 million through $450 million (records surpassed by Marvel's The Avengers), and $500 million (a record first surpassed by Avatar). Warren Clarke, Votes: It's strong but it has a sense of lightheart at the end.Personally it left me very happy but at the same time with a bittersweet taste, knowing that a great era in the story of comic book movies had come to an end. [106] Ledger described his "clown" mask, made up of three pieces of stamped silicone, as a "new technology", taking less than an hour for the make-up artists to apply, much faster than more-conventional prosthetics usually requires. [72] The Joker, on the other hand, is seen as the representation of anarchy and chaos. The Feds want the Man of Tomorrow to put a stop to him. It was the best example of how to market your movie on the Internet and call a huge attention to the public in general, keeping the interest of people in the movie until the day of release.The episodes of this web series was like a news and talk show, bringing actor Anthony Michael Hall as the reporter Mike Engel, interviewing lots of important people from the city of Gotham, going from politicians to people like Lt. Gordon and Harvey Dent and also bringing some information about the city and it's celebrities, like Bruce Wayne and the Batman himself.The show had 6 webisodes, being the last one the bridge that connected those with the movie. This image released by the Library of Congress shows Heath Ledger, left, and Christian Bale in a scene from the 2008 film "The Dark Knight." This film had many posters to promote this film, of many Harrison Ford, Or would it be several steps further? 117 min And thankfully it put Batman again in the pantheon of the great superheroes from the movies. Robert Z. Leonard Christopher Reeve, Those who sent photos were mailed a copy of a fictional newspaper called The Gotham Times, whose electronic version led to the discovery of numerous other websites. [92][93] They returned to shoot from June 9, 2007, to early September. [80], For fifteen years Nolan had wanted to shoot in the IMAX format, and he also used it for "quiet scenes which pictorially we thought would be interesting". Val Kilmer, What I want to accomplish here is not to only state the obvious: that Christopher Nolan saved Batman on the big screen, yes, everybody knows that and it's been said that to death. He doesn't think about franchises, he's a more Leoneish kind of director. | Gross: Act III (Furioso) - The Dark Knight RisesIn fact, when the plot of the very first movie decided to replace The Mark of Zorro in the origin story with an Opera in the evening, it just gave us all the clues about what was the approach of these movies.And it really delivers. As we can see, this time the character would be in the hands of people who wasn't interested only in making a quick buck out of something, but real fans and people who really understand and believe in the potential of the character to have a great movie rendition.Don't believe me? Director: A well made origin story and a great film that took the right influences and brought something unique to the table. The Dark Knight: Batman DX-“Sometimes the truth isn't good enough, sometimes people deserve more. "[145] Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating based on reviews from top mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 84 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "universal acclaim. Gene Hackman, ", "Ten Years Later, "The Dark Knight" and Its Vision of Guilt Still Resonate", "Empire's 500 Greatest Movies of All Time", "Empire's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time", "The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years: Here's our full list! [91] For the film's prologue involving the Joker, the crew shot in Chicago from April 18, 2007 to April 24, 2007. One of the best. | Gross: Director: Tom Hardy, Rutger Hauer, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Director: [54] United States Senator Patrick Leahy—a fan of Batman comics who was previously an extra in the 1997 film Batman & Robin and also was a guest voice actor on Batman: The Animated Series—appears as a guest at Bruce Wayne's party. [155], Emanuel Levy wrote Ledger "throws himself completely" into the role,[156] and that the film represents Nolan's "most accomplished and mature" work, and the most technically impressive and resonant of all the Batman films. Both the civilians and the prisoners refuse to kill each other, while Batman apprehends the Joker after a brief fight. [197] It had a nomination in Japan for the 2009 Seiun Awards under the Science Fiction category[198] with a Japan Academy Prize Award for Best Foreign Film. [218] It achieved the largest Sunday gross with $43.6 million[206] and the largest opening week from Friday to Thursday with $238.6 million (both records surpassed by Marvel's The Avengers). | – The Misconceptions of Me, Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time, List of accolades received by The Dark Knight, Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, "Academy Awards Database – ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE, 2008", "Dark Knight: Christian Bale: Batman/Bruce Wayne", "A Director Confronts Darkness and Death", "IESB Exclusive: Heath Ledger Talks the Joker! | Heath Ledger was the first posthumous winner of the Best Supporting Actor award, and only the second posthumous acting winner ever (Peter Finch posthumously won the Best Actor award for his performance in the 1976 film Network). DCeased Gives Constantine the ULTIMATE Mystical Upgrade In the latest issue of "DCeased: Dead Planet," John Constantine stole some of the DC Universe's magical artifacts to become ungodly powerful. [172] The Dark Knight was listed at 80th place on this list. A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator. [167] On the March 22, 2011 television special Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time, The Dark Knight was voted the second-best action film while the Joker, as portrayed by Ledger, was voted the third-greatest film character. [199], The Dark Knight earned $534.9 million in North America and $469.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1 billion. But as we was always told, every great story has to end sometime. [116] When Ledger died, Zimmer felt like scrapping and composing a new theme, but decided that he could not be sentimental and compromise the "evil [Ledger's performance] projects". Kevin Conroy, Also, Nolan reveals that when he thought about his own origin story for Batman, it came to his briliant mind to do something in the very lines of the first Superman, starring Christopher Reeve. Gordon and Batman arrive at the building where Rachel perished. [202][203] Before the re-release, the film's gross remained at $997 million,[204] but following the re-release, the film crossed the $1 billion mark in February 2009. * help "dark knight" - to get the id numbers * • Beautiful Monica character, quality testing, screenshots, book and ground object art by dianka33! Additional IMAX shots throughout the film that are presented in 1.78:1 on the Blu-ray release are not, however, included in the DVD's special features. And they also have a leader, called the "mediator" between head and hands. [68] He also chose to compress the overall storyline, allowing him to develop Dent into a criminal in The Dark Knight, thus giving the film an emotional arc the unsympathetic Joker could not offer. And it's been a fantastic ride since then. No one...The fact is, loved or hated, good, bad or just ugly, none of these adaptations were able to depict Batman in the way we know in the comics or in a respectful rendition, none of them had that... edge, being the Tim Burton ones the most edgy to date, but still not very satisfying. But they still manages to give us their own and original point of view about the source material.The characters are great, the story is very well tied in and the decision to never treat these films like a "franchise" that gives always clues to a next chapter makes the whole difference.Instead of thinking about these films in a movie structure, I like to think about them as an opera being enacted to us. | Fortunatelly, they chose the first option. On the other hand, The Dark Knight Returns could continue Snyder's DCEU story, while also providing a fresh start away from the "Justice League" tag. For no one could imagine it would become even better in a near future. The Dark Knight won two awards: Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger and Best Sound Editing. [188], The Dark Knight is described as a neo-noir film by some authors.[189]. Aaron Eckhart recalled, "Chris looked at me and he said, 'Heath is doing something special.' [101][102][103] Filming also took place on the Central to Mid-Levels covered escalator. The "Dark Knight" nickname was first applied to Batman in Batman #1 (1940), in a story written by Bill Finger. Robert De Niro, Ariel Winter, [133] Mattel produced toys and games for The Dark Knight, action figures, role-play costumes, board games, puzzles, and a special-edition UNO card game, which began commercial distribution in June 2008. 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[224][228], Overseas, The Dark Knight is the highest-grossing 2008 film[229] and the fourth-highest-grossing superhero film. | He starts a new movie project, he ends it, the story comes to it's conclusion, on to the next project. [67] Nolan decided to avoid divulging an in-depth origin story for the Joker, and instead portray his rise to power so as to not diminish the threat he poses, explaining to MTV News, "the Joker we meet in The Dark Knight is fully formed ... To me, the Joker is an absolute. The site's critical consensus reads, "Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga. | Well, it's been a long 7 years run, since it started again the whole Batman franchise. Stars: The new Batman movie would be a complete reboot of the old franchise, ignoring everything that happened from the 1989 Burton movie until the last and disastrous Schumacker movie. Bale did insist on doing shots on the Batpod himself, but was prohibited by the team fearing his safety. [53], Musician Dwight Yoakam was approached for the roles of either the manager or a corrupt cop, but he chose instead to focus on his album Dwight Sings Buck. Gary Oldman, Votes: Everything would be remade and the origin story would be retold and expanded, so the Batman universe in the movies would be wiped clean and start fresh, with a new mithology and a new proposal.