History Film / TheDarkKnight

17th Jul '17 11:42:21 PM allium
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* BarehandedBarBending: In the parking structure battle, Batman bends the barrel of one of the Bat-Vigilantes' guns with one hand.
8th Jul '17 12:38:06 PM nombretomado
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''The Dark Knight'' received an overwhelmingly positive critical reception as a serious drama (unique for a comic book movie) thanks in large part to the ''tour de force'' performances of its cast (including the late Creator/HeathLedger's acclaimed performance as The Joker). The film held the record for the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in the United States (behind ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', and ''Film/{{Avatar}}'') and the twelfth-highest worldwide.[[note]]It's now #24, according to TheOtherWiki[[/note]] It also became the first comic book film to win an acting UsefulNotes/AcademyAward when Heath Ledger posthumously won Best Supporting Actor.

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''The Dark Knight'' received an overwhelmingly positive critical reception as a serious drama (unique for a comic book movie) thanks in large part to the ''tour de force'' performances of its cast (including the late Creator/HeathLedger's acclaimed performance as The Joker). The film held the record for the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in the United States (behind ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', and ''Film/{{Avatar}}'') and the twelfth-highest worldwide.[[note]]It's now #24, according to TheOtherWiki[[/note]] Wiki/TheOtherWiki[[/note]] It also became the first comic book film to win an acting UsefulNotes/AcademyAward when Heath Ledger posthumously won Best Supporting Actor.
6th Jul '17 4:39:34 AM Owlorange1995
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* FiveBadBand: The Joker's heist crew in the opening
** BigBad: Joker, who plans the robbery and disguises himself as "Bozo."
** TheDragon: Grumpy, who actively moves through the building and issues threats to hostages.
** TheBrute: Chuckles, who runs into the bank with a revolver ''and'' a machine pistol.
** TheEvilGenius: Dopey, who hacks the bank's silent alarm and disables it.
** TheDarkChick: Happy, who doesn't attack anyone (who isn't part of his crew), maintains an [[FauxAffablyEvil unusually affable demeanor]] and brings the Joker's ChronicBackstabbingDisorder to light.
** TheSixthRanger: The bus driver, who only shows up at the very end of the heist to let the Joker escape.
3rd Jul '17 9:14:46 AM Silverblade2
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* BadBoss: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker will make you kill your friends with a broken pool cue as an "initiation", stick a cell-phone triggered bomb in your stomach, or just burn you alive on top of a pile of money if he thinks it'll be fun.

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* BadBoss: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker will make you kill your friends with a broken pool cue as an "initiation", stick a cell-phone triggered bomb in your stomach, or just burn you alive on top of a pile of money if he thinks it'll be fun.



* BluntYes: When SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is confronted by mobsters on his past theft from them.

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* BluntYes: When SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is confronted by mobsters on his past theft from them.



* CardCarryingVillain: Played with. Although SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker never calls himself "evil" or "a villain", he styles himself an "Agent of Chaos", describes all his heinous acts with a grin & smile, and intentionally positions himself as a {{foil}} to the heroic Batman and Dent. Also, he actually has a card.

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* CardCarryingVillain: Played with. Although SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker never calls himself "evil" or "a villain", he styles himself an "Agent of Chaos", describes all his heinous acts with a grin & smile, and intentionally positions himself as a {{foil}} to the heroic Batman and Dent. Also, he actually has a card.



* ChaosIsEvil: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, an unrepentant [[TheSociopath sociopath]], likes to style himself as an "Agent of Chaos".

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* ChaosIsEvil: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, an unrepentant [[TheSociopath sociopath]], likes to style himself as an "Agent of Chaos".



* TheChessmaster: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.

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* TheChessmaster: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker.



* ContinuitySnarl: According to documents in the RICO case Harvey Dent pursues against 549 mobsters, the case was prosecuted on July 25, 2008. It's also mentioned in the movie that Rachel was planning to take Harvey to see a ballet the week after the dinner with one of the ballerinas. However, the novelization also mentions that the dinner took place on a Monday night and then that Bruce tried to get information about Harvey from an associate named Al Grooms the Saturday after, and then the Friday after that, he found Harvey and Rachel making out outside of her apartment. July 25, 2008, is also a Friday. However, this is probably excusable considering the possibility that the writer, Dennis O'Neill, simply got his dates all scrambled. A more glaring continuity error, though, comes after SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker showed up at the mob meeting uninvited. Specifically, it's the scene where Sal Maroni hires a private eye to find out more about the Joker. Three weeks later, the private eye is dead, having been poisoned. That would've extended the ballet's delay significantly before taking Bruce's unexpected love boat into account.

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* ContinuitySnarl: According to documents in the RICO case Harvey Dent pursues against 549 mobsters, the case was prosecuted on July 25, 2008. It's also mentioned in the movie that Rachel was planning to take Harvey to see a ballet the week after the dinner with one of the ballerinas. However, the novelization also mentions that the dinner took place on a Monday night and then that Bruce tried to get information about Harvey from an associate named Al Grooms the Saturday after, and then the Friday after that, he found Harvey and Rachel making out outside of her apartment. July 25, 2008, is also a Friday. However, this is probably excusable considering the possibility that the writer, Dennis O'Neill, simply got his dates all scrambled. A more glaring continuity error, though, comes after SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker showed up at the mob meeting uninvited. Specifically, it's the scene where Sal Maroni hires a private eye to find out more about the Joker. Three weeks later, the private eye is dead, having been poisoned. That would've extended the ballet's delay significantly before taking Bruce's unexpected love boat into account.



* TheDreaded: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is even more feared than Batman. Even when the mob bosses thought he was working for them, they were still too terrified of him to rat him out.

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* TheDreaded: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is even more feared than Batman. Even when the mob bosses thought he was working for them, they were still too terrified of him to rat him out.



--->'''Banker''': Criminals in this town used to believe in things: honour, respect. Look at [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker you]]. What do you believe in, huh? WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN!?

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--->'''Banker''': Criminals in this town used to believe in things: honour, respect. Look at [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ComicBook/TheJoker you]]. What do you believe in, huh? WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN!?



* GlasgowGrin: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. He also inflicts this on the fake Batman he tortures and kills and on Patrick Harvey and Richard Dent.

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* GlasgowGrin: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker. He also inflicts this on the fake Batman he tortures and kills and on Patrick Harvey and Richard Dent.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:The Chechen falls victim to this, as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker feeds him to [[RightHandAttackDog his own dogs]]. Fortunately, this happens offscreen.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:The Chechen falls victim to this, as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker feeds him to [[RightHandAttackDog his own dogs]]. Fortunately, this happens offscreen.]]



* HumansAreBastards: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker believes that, deep down, everyone is just as horrible and ugly as he is, and that when they're pushed far enough, anyone will become a murdering psychopath. He just sees himself as one of the few smart and brave enough not to hide it.
-->'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker:''' See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve.

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* HumansAreBastards: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker believes that, deep down, everyone is just as horrible and ugly as he is, and that when they're pushed far enough, anyone will become a murdering psychopath. He just sees himself as one of the few smart and brave enough not to hide it.
-->'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker:''' -->'''ComicBook/TheJoker:''' See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve.



* KansasCityShuffle: When SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker threatens to kill the mayor, both Batman and the police assume that the only way the Joker could succeed is by using a shooter in the buildings overlooking the funeral; the police set up officers to watch the windows, while Batman takes [[FingerprintingAir "fingerprints" off a shattered bullet]] to track one of the Joker's mooks to his home address near the funeral. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Joker and his gang were all disguised as a the ceremonial honor guard giving the 10 gun salute. While the police were watching the windows and Batman was looking through the mook's apartment, Joker was standing with a loaded rifle mere feet from the mayor. Gordon luckily knew to [[SpannerInTheWorks jump in front of the mayor with a bullet proof vest on]].]]

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* KansasCityShuffle: When SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker threatens to kill the mayor, both Batman and the police assume that the only way the Joker could succeed is by using a shooter in the buildings overlooking the funeral; the police set up officers to watch the windows, while Batman takes [[FingerprintingAir "fingerprints" off a shattered bullet]] to track one of the Joker's mooks to his home address near the funeral. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Joker and his gang were all disguised as a the ceremonial honor guard giving the 10 gun salute. While the police were watching the windows and Batman was looking through the mook's apartment, Joker was standing with a loaded rifle mere feet from the mayor. Gordon luckily knew to [[SpannerInTheWorks jump in front of the mayor with a bullet proof vest on]].]]



* LaserGuidedKarma: The Chechen is done in by [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker the very guy he had hired earlier in the film]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma: The Chechen is done in by [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ComicBook/TheJoker the very guy he had hired earlier in the film]].



* LetMeTellYouAStory: Bruce Wayne is trying to figure out SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's motivations. Alfred tells him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHCdKb5UWc this story]]:

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* LetMeTellYouAStory: Bruce Wayne is trying to figure out SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's motivations. Alfred tells him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHCdKb5UWc this story]]:



* MouthingTheProfanity: Immediately after Batman swerves to avoid hitting the Joker, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker can be seen mouthing the word "fuck".

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* MouthingTheProfanity: Immediately after Batman swerves to avoid hitting the Joker, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker can be seen mouthing the word "fuck".



* NearVillainVictory: The only thing that keeps SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from winning is Batman's decision to take the heat for the murders Harvey, safeguarding Harvey's image and [[ThePowerOfLegacy the stability of Gotham with it]].

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* NearVillainVictory: The only thing that keeps SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker from winning is Batman's decision to take the heat for the murders Harvey, safeguarding Harvey's image and [[ThePowerOfLegacy the stability of Gotham with it]].



* StuffBlowingUp: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ''really'' likes explosions:

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* StuffBlowingUp: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker ''really'' likes explosions:
18th Jun '17 7:36:50 AM PaulA
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** Frost quips that the new Batsuit "should [[DatingCatwoman do fine against cats]]."

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** Frost Fox quips that the new Batsuit "should [[DatingCatwoman do fine against cats]]."
15th Jun '17 4:04:38 PM LarryLikesPencils
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* HonorBeforeReason: As usual, Batman is unwilling to kill the Joker despite the fact that he's a horrible psychopathic monster who hurts and kills people for fun, albeit in an effort to prove that the system works and that not everyone is as terrible as Joker makes them out to be.

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* HonorBeforeReason: As usual, Batman is unwilling to kill the Joker despite the fact that he's a horrible psychopathic monster who hurts and kills people for fun, [[JustifiedTrope albeit in an effort to prove that the system works and that not everyone is as terrible as Joker makes them out to be.]]



* HumansAreBastards: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker believes that, deep down, everyone is just as horrible and ugly as he is, and that if they're pushed far enough, anyone will become a murdering psychopath. He's just one of the few smart and brave enough not to hide it.

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* HumansAreBastards: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker believes that, deep down, everyone is just as horrible and ugly as he is, and that if when they're pushed far enough, anyone will become a murdering psychopath. He's He just sees himself as one of the few smart and brave enough not to hide it.



-->I'm a twenty year man, and I know the difference between punks who need to be taught a little lesson in manners, and the freaks like you who would just enjoy it.

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-->I'm -->'''Detective Stephens:''' I'm a twenty year man, and I know the difference between punks who need to be taught a little lesson in manners, and the freaks like you who would just enjoy it.
18th May '17 6:10:01 AM NightShade96
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* AdaptationalUgliness:
** Two-Face was more cartoony-looking in the comics. In the film, the scarred side of his face is given ''much'' more detail.
** The Joker has a clean, cartoonish appearance in the comics and some of the other adaptations, but in the film, he gets a dirtier, creepier appearance that gets worse over the course of the film.
10th May '17 10:31:56 AM CosmicFerret
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A year after the events of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Batman (Creator/ChristianBale), Lieutenant James Gordon (Creator/GaryOldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) have achieved real success in taking down Gotham's organized crime by hitting the mob where it hurts: their money. The city's mob leaders become so afraid of Batman and what he represents that when a scarred psychopath in [[MonsterClown clown makeup]] shows up and offers to kill Batman, they hire him. But once he's backed by the mob, ComicBook/TheJoker (Creator/HeathLedger) decides that simply killing Batman won't satisfy him. He aims to destroy Gotham City from the inside out, and part of his "plan" involves attempts to corrupt the city's two heroes (Batman and Harvey Dent) by [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke making their lives hell until they snap...]]

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A year after the events of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Batman (Creator/ChristianBale), Lieutenant James Gordon (Creator/GaryOldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) (Creator/AaronEckhart) have achieved real success in taking down Gotham's organized crime by hitting the mob where it hurts: their money. The city's mob leaders become so afraid of Batman and what he represents that when a scarred psychopath in [[MonsterClown clown makeup]] shows up and offers to kill Batman, they hire him. But once he's backed by the mob, ComicBook/TheJoker (Creator/HeathLedger) decides that simply killing Batman won't satisfy him. He aims to destroy Gotham City from the inside out, and part of his "plan" involves attempts to corrupt the city's two heroes (Batman and Harvey Dent) by [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke making their lives hell until they snap...]]
9th May '17 11:07:17 AM DustSnitch
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* TheSecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics: In relation to the comics, ''The Dark Knight'' is an exception to the rule. In the comics, it's a rare, rare person who escapes the attentions of ComicBook/TheJoker alive, much less un-maimed. In the movie, many do so, even cops who are usually the first to go. ''The Dark Knight'' and ''Film/BatmanBegins'' seem to be working very hard to present Batman and his world in a '[[{{Demythtification}} realistic]]' setting. In a superheroic setting where the main characters are far more powerful and capable than normal humans, ComicBook/TheJoker can go omnicidal easily enough. But when you present Joker as a 'realistic' psycho, he's more limited.

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* TheSecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics: SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics: In relation to the comics, ''The Dark Knight'' is an exception to the rule. In the comics, it's a rare, rare person who escapes the attentions of ComicBook/TheJoker alive, much less un-maimed. In the movie, many do so, even cops who are usually the first to go. ''The Dark Knight'' and ''Film/BatmanBegins'' seem to be working very hard to present Batman and his world in a '[[{{Demythtification}} realistic]]' setting. In a superheroic setting where the main characters are far more powerful and capable than normal humans, ComicBook/TheJoker can go omnicidal easily enough. But when you present Joker as a 'realistic' psycho, he's more limited.
9th May '17 11:03:02 AM DustSnitch
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* TheSecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics: In relation to the comics, ''The Dark Knight'' is an exception to the rule. In the comics, it's a rare, rare person who escapes the attentions of ComicBook/TheJoker alive, much less un-maimed. In the movie, many do so, even cops who are usually the first to go. ''The Dark Knight'' and ''Film/BatmanBegins'' seem to be working very hard to present Batman and his world in a '[[{{Demythtification}} realistic]]' setting. In a superheroic setting where the main characters are far more powerful and capable than normal humans, ComicBook/TheJoker can go omnicidal easily enough. But when you present Joker as a 'realistic' psycho, he's more limited.
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