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Batman Begins may have successfully rebooted the Batman franchise, bringing it back from the day glo excesses of the Joel Schumacher era, but it was the second film in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, The Dark Knight, that became a true sensation.  The Dark Knight earned over a billion dollars worldwide; it got terrific reviews; it launched a thousand (largely stupid) discussions about its politics, whether it was pro Bush or anti War on Terror or something or other; it enshrined the brilliant (and, sadly, penultimate) performance of Heath Ledger, who breathed fiery life into the Joker in a way that audiences had never seen before.  Heck, The Dark Knight, after being “snubbed” for a best picture nomination, is largely credited with inspiring the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to change the number of nominees for best picture; yeah, I know the Oscars don’t matter and nobody cares about them, »

- C.B. Jacobson

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