The Dark Knight

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Directed by . With , , , . When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight.

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. The “Dark Knight” nickname was first applied to Batman in Batman #1 (1940), in a story written by Bill Finger. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. The film was the first mainstream feature to partially utilise IMAX70 mm cameras, with Nolan using them for 28 minutes of the film, including the Joker’s first appearance. Warner Bros. initially created a viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing promotional websites and trailers highlighting screenshots of Ledger as the Joker. Ledger died on January 22, , some months after he completed filming and six months before the film’s release from a toxic combination of prescription drugs, leading to intense attention from the press and -going public.

Considered one of the best films of its decade and one of the greatest and most influential films of all time, the film received critical acclaim for its screenplay, visual style, musical score, stunts, mature themes, performances (particularly Ledger’s), cinematography, action sequences and direction.

A gang of criminals robs a Gotham Citmob bank; the Joker manipulates them into murdering each other for a higher share until only he remains and escapes with the money. Batman, District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Jim Gordon form an alliance to rid Gotham of organised crime. Bruce Wayne is impressed with Dent’s idealism and offers to support his career; he believes that, with Dent as Gotham’s protector, he can give up being Batman and lead a normal life with Rachel Dawes—even though she and Dent are dating.

The Dark Knight earned $534.9 million in North America and $469.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1 billion.

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