History Trivia / TheDarkKnight

3rd Dec '17 8:40:44 AM fruitstripegum
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* FollowTheLeader:
** The film had a profound impact on action movies after it came out. The emphasis on more realism, practical effects, more terrorist-flavored villains, and the feeling that AnyoneCanDie without warning influenced franchises from James Bond to The Avengers to Star Trek. In particular, the TrojanPrisoner (villain gets caught in the second act, causes death and mayhem, and then escapes while the heroes acknowledge "he ''wanted to get caught!") began getting used a lot after the Joker used it.
** The DC cinematic universe, perhaps hoping for the same lightning to strike twice, also recycled this film's excellent and appropriate use of gritty realism for several of their subsequent movies, whether or not the darker tone was a good complement to the different source material. Critical reception to these choices has been [[LoveItOrHateIt decidedly mixed]].
17th May '17 4:17:22 PM candleeater
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* TomHanksSyndrome: Strange to Tiny "Zeus" Lister acting as a calm voice of reason. He doesn't even raise his voice once in the whole scene. If you go and watch other films, he is usually the growly antagonist. (He was also the President of either America or the world in ''The Fifth Element''!)
5th Feb '17 3:00:52 PM chasemaddigan
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Chicago not only plays Gotham, it even plays Hong Kong: When Fox and Lau are conversing on the terraced roof of Lau's Hong Kong office, you can clearly see [=McCormick=] Place in the background.

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Chicago not only plays Gotham, it even plays Hong Kong: When Fox and Lau are conversing on the terraced roof of Lau's Hong Kong office, you can clearly see [=McCormick=] Place in the background.
5th Feb '17 2:43:12 PM chasemaddigan
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Chicago not only plays Gotham, it even plays Hong Kong: When Fox and Lau are conversing on the terraced roof of Lau's Hong Kong office, you can clearly see [=McCormick=] Place in the background.
** The "Gotham" license plates seen on cars throughout the movie look like Illinois plates, for the specific purpose of making it harder to notice when actual Illinois plates slip in the background.
23rd Jan '17 2:52:49 AM Morgenthaler
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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is often mis-quoted as asking "Do I look like a man with a plan?" when Harvey Dent says that [[spoiler: his (Harvey's) disfigurement and the death of Rachel Dawes]] was part of his (the Joker's) plan, most likely because people associate the rhyming words "man" and "plan". The quote is actually "Do I really look like a guy with a plan?"

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is often mis-quoted as asking "Do I look like a man with a plan?" when Harvey Dent says that [[spoiler: his (Harvey's) disfigurement and the death of Rachel Dawes]] was part of his (the Joker's) plan, most likely because people associate the rhyming words "man" and "plan". The quote is actually "Do I really look like a guy with a plan?"



* PlayingAgainstType: One of the reasons people were so skeptical about Creator/HeathLedger playing SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was that he wasn't known for villainous roles, let alone one of the most psychotic and monstrous characters in fiction, usually playing romantic leads. As we can see from the result, TropesAreNotBad.

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* PlayingAgainstType: One of the reasons people were so skeptical about Creator/HeathLedger playing SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker was that he wasn't known for villainous roles, let alone one of the most psychotic and monstrous characters in fiction, usually playing romantic leads. As we can see from the result, TropesAreNotBad.



** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's SarcasticClapping when Gordon gets promoted wasn't in the script.
** While the scene when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker blows up the hospital and the explosions suddenly stop, and Heath begins messing around with the detonator until the explosions suddenly start up again was initially credited to ad-libbing, Christopher Nolan actually wanted [[http://www.starpulse.com/news/Casey_Johnson/2012/07/20/10_things_you_might_not_know_about_bat "a delayed, staggered explosive effect"]] in that scene, but Ledger didn't get the message. Considering that explosion scenes are usually filmed with extreme caution, likely moreso with Heath Ledger in the scene instead of a (''slightly'') more expendable stunt man, ad-libbing would not have been allowed in this case, but they couldn't do it more than once.

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's SarcasticClapping when Gordon gets promoted wasn't in the script.
** While the scene when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker blows up the hospital and the explosions suddenly stop, and Heath begins messing around with the detonator until the explosions suddenly start up again was initially credited to ad-libbing, Christopher Nolan actually wanted [[http://www.starpulse.com/news/Casey_Johnson/2012/07/20/10_things_you_might_not_know_about_bat "a delayed, staggered explosive effect"]] in that scene, but Ledger didn't get the message. Considering that explosion scenes are usually filmed with extreme caution, likely moreso with Heath Ledger in the scene instead of a (''slightly'') more expendable stunt man, ad-libbing would not have been allowed in this case, but they couldn't do it more than once.
24th Dec '16 5:37:06 AM Tightwire
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** The cop who frisks Joker's pockets was told to take out the knives in his pockets, but wasn't given details on what would be in them (apart from 'knives').

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** The cop actor who frisks Joker's pockets Joker was told to take out the knives in his pockets, but wasn't given details on what would be in them (apart from 'knives').
24th Dec '16 5:34:52 AM Tightwire
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** While the scene when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker blows up the hospital and the explosions suddenly stop, and Heath begins messing around with the detonator until the explosions suddenly start up again was initially credited to his ad-libbing, Christopher Nolan actually wanted [[http://www.starpulse.com/news/Casey_Johnson/2012/07/20/10_things_you_might_not_know_about_bat "a delayed, staggered explosive effect"]] in that scene. Considering that explosion scenes are usually filmed with extreme caution, likely moreso with Heath Ledger in the scene instead of a (''slightly'') more expendable stunt man, ad-libbing would not have been allowed in this case.
** A lot of the Joker's mannerisms were developed when Heath Ledger was getting his makeup done, and would scrunch up his face to create different textures for the makeup. The creepy way in which the Joker sucks on his cheeks was one of these.

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** While the scene when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker blows up the hospital and the explosions suddenly stop, and Heath begins messing around with the detonator until the explosions suddenly start up again was initially credited to his ad-libbing, Christopher Nolan actually wanted [[http://www.starpulse.com/news/Casey_Johnson/2012/07/20/10_things_you_might_not_know_about_bat "a delayed, staggered explosive effect"]] in that scene. scene, but Ledger didn't get the message. Considering that explosion scenes are usually filmed with extreme caution, likely moreso with Heath Ledger in the scene instead of a (''slightly'') more expendable stunt man, ad-libbing would not have been allowed in this case.
case, but they couldn't do it more than once.
** A lot of the Joker's mannerisms were developed when Heath Ledger was getting his makeup done, and would scrunch up his face to create different textures for the makeup.makeup - which made his makeup appear more self-applied. The creepy way in which the Joker sucks on his cheeks was one of these.


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** The cop who frisks Joker's pockets was told to take out the knives in his pockets, but wasn't given details on what would be in them (apart from 'knives').
18th Dec '16 12:27:05 AM Quanyails
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* GeniusBonus : The Lamborghini Bruce Wayne drives is a Murcielago, which means Bat. So even when he's not in the suit, [[VisualPun Wayne is still driving a Bat-mobile]].

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* GeniusBonus : GeniusBonus: The Lamborghini Bruce Wayne drives is a Murcielago, which means Bat. So even when he's not in the suit, [[VisualPun Wayne is still driving a Bat-mobile]].
30th Sep '16 2:50:38 PM monkeyjb1988
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30th Sep '16 2:50:08 PM monkeyjb1988
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** While the scene when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker blows up the hospital and the explosions suddenly stop, and Heath begins messing around with the detonator until the explosions suddenly start up again was initially credited to his ad-libbing, Christopher Nolan actually wanted [[http://www.starpulse.com/news/Casey_Johnson/2012/07/20/10_things_you_might_not_know_about_bat "a delayed, staggered explosive effect"]] in that scene. Considering that explosion scenes are usually filmed with extreme caution, ad-libbing would not have been allowed in this case.

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** While the scene when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker blows up the hospital and the explosions suddenly stop, and Heath begins messing around with the detonator until the explosions suddenly start up again was initially credited to his ad-libbing, Christopher Nolan actually wanted [[http://www.starpulse.com/news/Casey_Johnson/2012/07/20/10_things_you_might_not_know_about_bat "a delayed, staggered explosive effect"]] in that scene. Considering that explosion scenes are usually filmed with extreme caution, likely moreso with Heath Ledger in the scene instead of a (''slightly'') more expendable stunt man, ad-libbing would not have been allowed in this case.
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