The Dark Knight

Legendary Pictures/DC Comics & Syncopy Released 2008


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The Dark Knight

Movie Summary

Christopher Nolan

It's been a bit safer on Gotham's streets, criminals are running scared ever since the Batman dawned on his cape. When a rise in crime is orchestrated by a new criminal named the Joker, Batman must fight for his life and for everything he's tried to save in Gotham's peacekeeping. The Joker won't stop until he's turned the citizens against each other, made a mockery of the new noble district attorney Harvey Dent and revealed the true identity of the Batman for the world to see. It's a fight for Gotham City's soul and a classic tale of good versus evil and order versus chaos.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    May be the most hopeless, despairing comic-book movie in memory. It creates a world where being a superhero is at best a double-edged sword and no triumph is likely to be anything ...

  • 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    Enthralling...An ambitious, full-bodied crime epic of gratifying scope and moral complexity, this is seriously brainy pop entertainment that satisfies every expectation raised by i...

  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, it goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Joker: (after Rachel hits him) A little fight in ya. I like that.
      Batman: Then you're going to love me.

    • Joker: Want to know how I got these scars? My father was a drinker, and a fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not one bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. Turns to me and says, "Why so serious?" He comes at me with the knife. "Why so serious?" He sticks the blade in my mouth. "Let's put a smile on that face." And....Why so serious?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $185,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $534,858,444 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $1,004,558,444 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $607,861,407
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,141,670,878

    • Production Companies:
      Legendary Pictures
      Syncopy Films
      DC Comics

    • Taglines:
      1. Why So Serious?
      2. Welcome to a world without rules.
      3. Out of the darkness...comes the Knight.
      4. The night is darkest before the dawn.
      5. I Believe In Harvey Dent.

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Supporting Actor - Heath Ledger
      2. Sound Editing

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Editing
      2. Cinematography
      3. Art Direction
      4. Makeup
      5. Visual Effects
      6. Sound

    • Filming locations include:
      Battersea, London, England
      Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
      Chertsey, Surrey, England
      St James's, London, England
      Chicago, Illinois
      Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England
      Liverpool, Merseyside, England
      Longcross, Surrey, England
      Los Angeles, California
      Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois
      Old Post Office, Chicago, Illinois
      Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois
      Piccadilly, London, England
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
      Bloomsbury, London, England
      Clerkenwell, London, England
      Central, Hong Kong, China
      Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
      Twickenham, Middlesex, England
      Chicago, Illinois
      London, England
      Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, China

    • Music:
      4 A Moment of Silence
      Written by Masayuki Nakano and Michiyuki Kawashima
      Performed by Boom Boom Satellites


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Thrillers, Crime, facing danger, bloody and violent, corrupt politics