History Film / TheDarkKnight

27th May '16 12:30:19 AM Faberlich
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27th May '16 12:23:43 AM Faberlich
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''The Dark Knight'' (2008) serves as the second entry in Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.

A year after the events of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', {{Franchise/Batman}} (ChristianBale), Lieutenant James Gordon (GaryOldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (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, SelfDemonstrating/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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''The Dark Knight'' (2008) serves as is the second entry in Creator/ChristopherNolan's Franchise/{{Batman}} film trilogy, ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.

A year after the events of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', {{Franchise/Batman}} Batman (ChristianBale), Lieutenant James Gordon (GaryOldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (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, SelfDemonstrating/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...]]
15th May '16 11:02:40 PM Tapol
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** In the film Bruce Wayne resides in a penthouse at Wayne Tower instead of Wayne Manor which is being reconstructed after the events of ''BatmanBegins''. Batman operated out of a secret underground bunker in Gotham City instead of the Batcave In the comics Bruce Wayne left Wayne Manor and lived in a penthouse at the Wayne Foundation building and Batman from a secret sub-basement("The Batbunker") from the late 60s to the early 80s.
24th Apr '16 1:09:46 AM TrollBrutal
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** Also, the Narrows are said to have been destroyed in the previous film, so they do not appear at all. Although Arkham Asylum is mentioned.

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** Also, the The Narrows are said to have been destroyed in the previous film, so they do not appear at all. Although Arkham Asylum is mentioned.



* AssholeVictim: Too many to count and that's what makes many of Jokers crimes more palatable. In short order: [[spoiler: all the bank robbers who are convinced to murder each other for money, the bank manager himself who was a minion of the mob, Gambol and many of his gangsters (a noteworthy example included a pencil), Lau and Chechen. Ironically Maroni escaped Joker but became an AssholeVictim of Two-face and same goes for Wuertz.]]

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* AssholeVictim: Too many to count and that's what makes many Most of Jokers Joker's victims, which make his crimes more palatable. In short order: [[spoiler: all the bank robbers who are convinced eager to murder each other for money, the bank manager himself who was a minion of the mob, Gambol and many of his gangsters (a noteworthy example included a pencil), Lau and Chechen. Ironically Maroni escaped Joker but became an AssholeVictim of Two-face and same goes for Wuertz.]]
23rd Apr '16 11:34:02 PM caivu
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* ArtShift: Of a sort. [[WordOfGod Christopher Nolan]] stated in an interview that as opposed to the gritty grimy look of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', ''The Dark Knight'' would be slightly... cleaner, so to speak. Namely, they clean their images up nicely by blowing lots of stuff up.

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Of a sort. [[WordOfGod Christopher Nolan]] stated in an interview that as opposed to the gritty grimy look of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', ''The Dark Knight'' would be slightly... cleaner, so to speak. Namely, they clean their images up nicely by blowing lots of stuff up.



* AssholeVictim: Too many to count and thats what makes many of Jokers crimes more palatable. In short order: [[spoiler: all the bank robbers who are convinced to murder each other for money, the bank manager himself who was a minion of the mob, Gambol and many of his gangsters (a noteworthy example included a pencil), Lau and Chechen. Ironically Maroni escaped Joker but became an AssholeVictim of Two-face and same goes for Wuertz.]]

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* AssholeVictim: Too many to count and thats that's what makes many of Jokers crimes more palatable. In short order: [[spoiler: all the bank robbers who are convinced to murder each other for money, the bank manager himself who was a minion of the mob, Gambol and many of his gangsters (a noteworthy example included a pencil), Lau and Chechen. Ironically Maroni escaped Joker but became an AssholeVictim of Two-face and same goes for Wuertz.]]



* DeathBySecretIdentity: Subverted. Coleman Reese learns Bruce's identity, but ''doesn't'' end up dead despite the Joker's best efforts. Reese does however decide to keep his mouth shut for good after Bruce saves his life. Maybe he did take Fox's advice to forget about blackmailing Bruce.

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Subverted. Coleman Reese learns Bruce's identity, but ''doesn't'' end up dead despite the Joker's best efforts. Reese does however decide to keep his mouth shut for good after Bruce saves his life. Maybe he did take Fox's advice to forget about blackmailing Bruce.



* DefiantToTheEnd: In the opening scene bank manager wounded by Bozo[[spoiler:/The Joker]] keeps defying him and asking what does he believe in, rather than playing dead to save his life.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: DefiantToTheEnd:
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In the opening scene bank manager wounded by Bozo[[spoiler:/The Joker]] keeps defying him and asking what does he believe in, rather than playing dead to save his life.


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* DiceRollDeath: Two-Face uses a coin toss solely to determine whether those responsible for his kidnapping and disfigurement live or die, and he does take some lives this way.
29th Mar '16 7:42:50 AM pvsage
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* {{Cincinnatus}}: {{Discussed}} when Harvey Dent compares Batman to the Roman tradition of appointing a dictator in times of crisis.
29th Mar '16 7:12:53 AM pvsage
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* NoHonorAmongThieves: Of the first group of the Joker's lackey's introduced, the only one who isn't killed [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness as soon as he finishes his part of the job]] is the Joker himself.
-->'''Lackey #3:''' I'm betting the Joker told you to kill ''me'' as soon as we loaded the cash.\\
'''Lackey #4[[note]]the Joker[[/note]]:''' No, no no no, I kill the bus driver.
28th Mar '16 8:49:29 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* AdultFear: The Joker and Two-Face were frightening enough on their own, but the part that was also creepy was [[spoiler:the fact that, even after faking his own death, Commissioner Gordon still can't protect his own children--and Mrs. Gordon's response to the ploy!]].

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* AdultFear: The Joker and Two-Face were frightening enough on their own, but the part that was also creepy was [[spoiler:the fact that, even after faking his own death, Commissioner Gordon still can't protect his own children--and Mrs. Gordon's response to the ploy!]].ploy!]]
28th Mar '16 8:46:34 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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->''"Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."''

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->''"Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men [[ForTheEvulz just want to watch the world burn."'']]"''
27th Mar '16 9:27:45 AM Mario1995
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** The gun Wilmer Rossi brings in a courtroom trying (and failing) to assassinate Harvey Dent is made of carbon fiber, and not metal. This is so that the gun could pass through the metal detectors without any trouble, as practically every courthouse in America have metal detectors.

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** The defective gun Wilmer Rossi brings in a courtroom trying (and failing) to assassinate Harvey Dent is made of carbon fiber, and not metal. This is so that the gun could pass through the metal detectors without any trouble, as practically every courthouse in America have metal detectors.
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