Though the new costume is eight pounds heavier, Bale found it more comfortable and not as hot to wear. Michael Caine, Votes: Directors:  Jerry Robinson, one of the Joker's co-creators, was consulted on the character's portrayal. A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancÃ©e's murder. Rochelle Davis, Adjusted for ticket-price inflation though, it ranks 28th. But first, a brief history of Batman on the big screen.THE DARK PASTEverything started in 1943. Nolan felt using make-up would look unrealistic, as it adds to the face, unlike real burn victims.  The weekend per theater average of $36,283 stands as the fifth-largest of all time.  Filming also took place on the Central to Mid-Levels covered escalator. 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. , During the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International, 42 Entertainment launched WhySoSerious.com, sending fans on a scavenger hunt to unlock a teaser trailer and a new photo of the Joker. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. | The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan.Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second installment of Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale and supported by Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman. " In June 2010, the Joker was ranked number five on Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years. 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According to the spoken legend, the name really refers to the first kiss of Nolan's son. Malcolm McDowell, | Gross: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Votes: Isn't It Obvious? The franchise started being considered by many like... dead. 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. Loud Distribution The Dark Knight Rises - Bane Lightning Men's T-Shirt Black Large: Free UK Shipping on Orders Over £20 and Free 30-Day Returns, on Selected â¦ 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. Kevin Conroy, And as it turns out, the atmosphere and tone of mistery of the movie, specially in the urban scenarios is very much similar to Blade Runner. Not Rated Animation, Action, Crime. | The Dark Knight also received nominations from the Writers Guild of America (for Best Adapted Screenplay), the Producers Guild of America, and the Directors Guild of America, as well as a slew of other guild award nominations and wins. Warner Bros. initially created a viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing promotional websites and trailers highlighting screenshots of Ledger as the Joker. 64 min Brigitte Helm, Lauren Sanchez, Al Pacino,  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. So you wind up dealing with the political figures, the media figures. " Ebert stated that the "key performance" is by Heath Ledger; he pondered whether he would become the first posthumous Academy Award-winning actor since Peter Finch in 1976. Then it came Adam West and Burt Ward, Batman, the comical TV series. | A few shots of the skullcap were kept in the film. Worldwide, it became the fourth-highest-grossing film, the highest-grossing film of 2008, and the fourth film in history to gross more than $1 billion.  They returned to shoot from June 9, 2007, to early September. Hiroshi Morioka, Futoshi Higashide,  The Batpod was highly unstable for riding, and Goy was the only stuntman who could manage to balance the bike, even commenting that he had to "nearly un-learn how to ride a motorcycle" to manage riding the Batpod.  The Dark Knight was commercially released on July 16, 2008 in Australia, grossing almost $2.3 million in its first day. Drama, Sci-Fi. And that's part of how he operates, as an authorial director that ends things. You can see the arc where Alfred leaves the Wayne Manor in that same story. PG-13  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. Everybody was hyped as hell for this final installment of the Dark Knight saga. Last night Warner Bros. announced a limited edition The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray combo pack which features a â¦  It also achieved the largest cumulative gross through its third and fourth days of release (both records first surpassed by Deathly Hallows â Part 2) and so on until its tenth day of release (records surpassed by Marvel's The Avengers). R Batman arrives at the building, but realizes that the Joker sent him to Dent's location instead. After all the darkness, the movie gives the audience in its end a sense of closure and internal peace, leaving people with the wonderful and courageous story of Bruce Wayne and Batman, as the epic and true legend it is. The story was gripping, the atmosphere was dark, edgy and the characters were interesting. Eckhart wore markers on his face and a prosthetic skullcap, which acted as a lighting reference. That made Nolan reconsider making a movie about an eccentric rich man and to consider about making a movie about... another excentric rich man. This film had many posters to promote this film, of many 75 min , Several critics have noted that later films imitated The Dark Knight's dark and gritty tone without replicating the quality of its writing, acting, or plot structure. With his acclaimed take on Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan helped take superhero films to new heights both critically and commercially, paving the â¦ ", In 2018, Bilge Ebiri of The Village Voice wrote, "Its politics have been discussed ad infinitum. "Neal Adams: Up Close and Personal". All IMAX theaters showing The Dark Knight were sold out for the opening weekend. , In order to increase the film's chances of crossing $1 billion in worldwide gross and of winning Oscars, Warner Bros. re-released the film in traditional and IMAX theaters in the United States and other countries on January 23, 2009. Many recognizable locations were used in the film, like the Sears Tower, Navy Pier, 330 North Wabash, the James R. Thompson Center, Trump International Hotel and Tower (which was still incomplete at the time of the film's release), LaSalle Street, The Berghoff, Randolph Street Station, and Hotel 71. The terrible logic of human error is another theme as well.  United States Senator Patrick Leahyâa 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 Seriesâappears as a guest at Bruce Wayne's party. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Chapter 2. Val Kilmer, And then the Joker comes in and lights the whole city on fire. Chris himself said once he is very fascinated with the character, once that he and his brother grew up with it. Whatever, the fact is that Nolan earned the respect of producers, executives and other hierarchies from the WB studios and authonomy, all of this things, enough to move on with the Batman franchise and to do his own movies the way he intended to do.After the frustrated attempt of trying to bring his vision about Howard Hughes, Nolan was also planning to adapt a book called The Prestige, written by Christopher Priest, but this attempt was also halted by the production of Batman Begins. ", "Great America Getting New 'Dark Knight' Coaster Next Year", "Mattel on Board for Speed Racer & The Dark Knight", "The Dark Knight Torrent Used To Mess With Hollywood", "Batman almost got an open-world game 3 years before Arkham City", "The 50 Best Movies of the Decade (2000â2009)", "Film Critics Pick the Best Movies of the Decade", "The best films of 2008... and there were a lot of them", "The Dark Knight-Showdown in Gotham Town", "100 greatest movies, TV shows, and more", "Mark Kermode reviews 'The Dark Knight' â BBC 5 Live", "Christian Bale's Batman: Was The Voice Ridiculous? , The Dark Knight is the highest-grossing film of 2008, the second-highest-grossing superhero film, the second-highest-grossing film based on comics, and the fourth-highest-grossing North American film of all time. Ridley Scott Stars: ", is based around two notes. , Batman Begins composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard returned to score the sequel. Production designer Nathan Crowley, who designed the Tumbler for Batman Begins, designed six models (built by special effects supervisor Chris Corbould) for use in the film's production, because of necessary crash scenes and possible accidents. The death of Conway Wickliffe, a special effects and stuntman technichian and the most important (but equally felt) of them, the death of actor Heath Ledger, who played the Joker on the film.  It achieved the largest Sunday gross with $43.6 million and the largest opening week from Friday to Thursday with $238.6 million (both records surpassed by Marvel's The Avengers). A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator. Dent shoots Batman, spares himself, and threatens to kill Gordon's son, claiming that Gordon's negligence is responsible for Rachel's death. Christian Bale, Hedy Lamarr, Director: , After the death of Heath Ledger on January 22, 2008, Warner Bros. adjusted its promotional focus on the Joker, revising some of its websites dedicated to promoting the film and posting a memorial tribute to Ledger on the film's official website and overlaying a black memorial ribbon on the photo collage in WhySoSerious.com. They were thugs, but there was a kind of order. Oscars Snub Dark Knight for Top Awards", "How Much Has Changed Since Oscar Expanded Best Picture Nominations? " Nick Pope of Esquire accused The Dark Knight of encouraging future superhero films "to take [themselves] far too seriously. Alfred Abel, So Nolan was thinking next in making a movie about Howard Hughes, but Scorcese stepped in first and released The Aviator. And speaking of right influences and drinking from the right sources, there's a story about the whole conception of the movie. Toshiyuki Kubooka,  The DVD versions feature the entire film framed in a uniform 2.40:1 aspect ratio. " 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. , The following month in London at the defunct Battersea Power Station, a rigged 200-foot fireball was filmed, reportedly for an opening sequence, prompting calls from local residents who feared a terrorist attack on the station. He says Bale is "electrifying", evoking Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II, that Eckhart's portrayal of Harvey Dent is "scarily moving," and that Oldman "is so skilled that he makes virtue exciting as Jim Gordon. It was a good re-start to a franchise, bringing everything that the fans wished to see for so many years. Margot Kidder, " Nolan suggested Batman: The Killing Joke influenced a section of the Joker's dialogue in the film, in which he says that anyone can become like him given the right circumstances. Michael Wincott, 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?  In 2020, Empire magazine ranked it the third-best film of the 21st century. , The Dark Knight earned $534.9 million in North America and $469.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1 billion. For this one specifically, Nolan decided to take elements from the first Batman stories published in the Detective Comics magazine in the year of 1939 all written by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, the comics from the 70's, like the story "Daughter of the Demon" (by Denny O'Neal) that introduces the character Ra's Al Ghul as well as 80's classics, like the stories "Batman: Year One", PG-13 $1.24M. Anne Hathaway, | , 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. But besides that I want to give you an insight of what brought us here and to point some of the references of this new and exciting chapter of Batman movies, going through comics, films, books and general inspiration for the saga. As for comics, one of the strongest influences was the Knightfall saga written by Doug Moench and Chuck Dixon.  In 2014, The Dark Knight was ranked the third-greatest film ever made on Empire's list of "The 301 Greatest Movies of All Time" as voted by the magazine's readers.  Noticeably, unlike Batman Begins, less CGI was used to disguise Chicago.  In August 2006, one of the film's producers, Charles Roven, stated that its principal photography would begin in March 2007, but filming was pushed back to April. In 2020, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".. BRAVO!! The Joker escapes with Lau, whom he later kills along with the Chechen.  Levy and Peter Travers conclude that the film is "haunting and visionary," while Levy goes on to say that The Dark Knight is "nothing short of brilliant. The Dark Knight: The Joker Bonus Version-âThis Town deserves a Better Class of Criminal.â Prime 1 Studio and Blitzway are honored and proud to present NOTE: Bonus available only for orders placed before Feb 7 2021 " Nolan reiterated to IGN, "We never wanted to do an origin story for the Joker in this film", because "the arc of the story is much more Harvey Dent's; the Joker is presented as an absolute. 8 years later, Gotham was still dealing with what happened in the last movie and it was in a state of peace time, provided by the lie formed between Gordon and Batman in the end of The Dark Knight. PS, pardon me for this infamous pun! 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. Other supporting actors are just as strong, like Joseph Gordon-Levitt as cop John Blake.And Nolan kept his promise untill the end: no Robin and no Batgirl or Batwoman in the whole trilogy! | Jon Voight, Votes: It became huge from night to day, just like that.  Additionally, it was also the first Batman film to use 70 mm film stock.  The Batpod is steered by shoulder instead of hand, and the rider's arms are protected by sleeve-like shields. Coleman Reese, an accountant at Wayne Enterprises, deduces that Bruce is Batman and tries to go public with the information. " Chris Newbould of The National reached a similar conclusion, bemoaning how DCEU films "have failed to excite audiences and critics alike and have performed passably at best at the box office. However, its development faced a series of disruptions and was canceled before completion. Everybody was pleased and satisfied with that new beginning. Anyway, this beautiful inspiration becomes even more evident in a "certain part" of The Dark Knight Rises, when there's a letter written by "someone" with a passage from the book, and it's just beautiful! ", The film introduces the Batpod, which is a recreation of the Batcycle. 158,831 In particular, he cites Nolan's action choreography in the IMAX-tailored heist sequence as rivaling that of Heat (1995). , Pinewood Studios, near London, was the primary studio space used for the production. Aaron Eckhart recalled, "Chris looked at me and he said, 'Heath is doing something special.' , After much research, Nolan's brother and co-writer, Jonathan Nolan, suggested the Joker's first two appearances, published in the first issue of Batman (1940), as the crucial influences. " In addition, Nolan chose to edit some of the IMAX sequences using the original camera negative, which by eliminating generation loss, raised the film resolution of those sequences up to 18,000 lines.  Ebert ranked this as one of his twenty favorite films of 2008. | IT BEGINS AGAINAnd so we are in the year of 2003 and WB and DC comics decided to take a ride in the comic book movie business train again and reopen the possibilities of a brand new Batman movie. Would it be a sequel, Batman 5?  Goyer, who penned the first draft of the film, cited the DC Comics 13-issue comic book limited series Batman: The Long Halloween as the major influence on his storyline. Finally, after so many attempts, a new Batman movie was officially in the works.The only thing that was missing was to decide the approach of the movie. | Director: Lauren Montgomery It's a great and epic movie with strong characters, great development and surely a milestone from the history of cinema. Gustav FrÃ¶hlich, Christopher Nolan , Hemming and Ledger's Joker design has had an impact in popular and political culture in the form of the Barack Obama "Joker" poster, and has since become a meme in its own right. Stars: The Feds want the Man of Tomorrow to put a stop to him. Stars: And together with the Batman No Man's Land and Knightfall saga and the Charles Dickens book it clearly formed the central idea for the plot of the movie. | Gross: Or would it be several steps further? Also, David Goyer, the writer of the Blade movies is also another huge Batman fan, and so Chris, with all that support and with a huge interest about diving into the Dark Knight's world decided to take the challenge. We are shown that innocent people died because of Batmanâand he falls for it. $448.14M. | Stars: Christopher Nolan Short answer: YES, IT DID!When all was said and done, in 2005 came the first movie, simply titled "Batman Begins".The movie was a considerable hit in the box office and did well between public and critics. 102 min $67.44M.  It sold an estimated 22.37 million tickets during its first weekend with 2008's average admission of $7.08, meaning the film sold more tickets than Spider-Man 3, which sold 21.96 million with the average price of $6.88 in 2007.  The use of IMAX cameras provided many new challenges for the filmmakers: the cameras were much larger and heavier than standard cameras, and produced noise which made recording dialogue difficult. 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.  For its release in IMAX theaters, Nolan shot four major sequences in that format, including the Joker's opening bank robbery and the car chase midway through the film, which marked the first time that a feature film had been even partially shot in the format.
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