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The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 July 2008 (USA)
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When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.



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Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. Written by Leon Lombardi

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The night is darkest before the dawn. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Batman Begins 2  »

Box Office


$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$158,411,483 (USA) (18 July 2008)


$533,316,061 (USA) (27 February 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Batman comic books The Long Halloween, The Killing Joke, The Man Who Laughs and the first two (untitled) stories to feature the Joker character served as an influence on the film's storyline. See more »


It is said that all of the license plates seen on cars in the film are Illinois plates. In fact, they're not: if you look closely, they are actually plates for the fictional state of Gotham, although they resemble Illinois plates. The "Gotham" plates that were created by film makers were made to look like Illinois plates, just in case some slipped through in background shots during filming in Chicago. See more »


[first lines]
Grumpy: [with Chuckles, picks up Bozo on the street] Three of a kind, let's do this!
Chuckles: Huh, that's it? Three guys?
Grumpy: Plus two guys on the roof. Every guy gets a share. Five shares is plenty.
Chuckles: *Six* shares. Don't forget the guy who planned the job.
Grumpy: He thinks he can sit it out and still take a slice? I know why they call him "The Joker".
Happy: [up on the roof, breaking open the alarm box with Dopey] So why do they call him "the Joker"?
Dopey: I hear he wears makeup.
Happy: Makeup?
Happy: Yeah, to scare people. You know, war ...
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Crazy Credits

There is a dedication in the closing credits: "In memory of our friends Heath Ledger & Conway Wickliffe". See more »


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Andante from String Quartet in a minor D. 804, 'Rosamunde'
(1824) (uncredited)
Written by Franz Schubert
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User Reviews

Heath Ledger's Dark and Brilliant Swan Song
20 July 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I couldn't believe "The Dark knight" could live up to the hype. That's perhaps the biggest surprise. The secret, I believe, is a stunning, mature, intelligent script. That makes it the best superhero movie ever made. As if that wasn't enough, Heath Ledger. He, the newest of the tragic modern icons present us with a preview of something we'll never see. A fearless, extraordinary actor capable to fill up with humanity even the most grotesque of villains. His performance is a master class. Fortunately, Christian Bale's Batman is almost a supporting character. Bale is good but there is something around his mouth that stops him from being great. "The Dark Knight" is visually stunning, powerful and moving. What else could anyone want.

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