Fridge / The Dark Knight

Fridge Brilliance

  • The two heist henchmen not let in on the "Kill Our Partners" ploy were Dopey and The Bus Driver (name never given)... the first to be killed, and the one The Joker planned to kill himself.
    • Grumpy confronts Bozo (The Joker) about the doublecross right when his own job was finished and thus the exact moment he surmised Bozo would assassinate him.
  • The Bank Manager's tactics were actually pretty sound. Out of the three heisters (that he knew about), only one was holding a submachine gun (Chuckles had a MAC-10). The other two were holding pistols (even though Bozo's was a full automatic pistol). Once he took Chuckles out, he had the others outgunned (his shotgun was far more lethal at close quarters than any pistol could be).
  • Dent's coin, which is in fact a Two-Headed Coin: He flips it several times, as if to make a decision based on the outcome (at one point conning Rachel into agreeing to go out with him if it comes up Heads). The coin always comes up heads because Harvey Dent always does the right thing. Tails isn't an option. It's only when he becomes Two-Face, and one side of the coin is defaced that any other outcome becomes possible for him.
    • A lot of critics referred to the film bordering on tragedy; the structure of the film makes a little more sense if you keep in mind the traditional five-act arc of Shakespearean dramas, in which the climax comes earlier than a traditional three-act arc and ends on a lengthy, melancholy resolution (in this case, Dent holding Gordon's family hostage).
    • Also, Dent's coin flips alternate perfectly — if it comes up bad, the next will come up good, and so on; this may be why he also flips on Maroni's driver after the coin spares Maroni. But When Batman tackles him, the coin comes up good for the second time in a row; ultimately, it's not Dent who makes his own luck, but Batman who intervenes to ensure that Dent's victim is spared and Dent's own "good" face is the one that will come up in the aftermath of his death.
  • During the scene where Batman interrogates Joker, Joker cautions him that striking the head first makes the victim fuzzy. Minutes (and several head-slams) later, he gives Batman the correct addresses, but mixes up the hostages. Though the Joker gave him a Sadistic Choice and intentionally mixed up the addresses, it could almost be Black Comedy. He did warn Batman that the victim's head gets fuzzy
    • Bearing in mind that the Joker does things like this adds an extra twist to the scene with the two barges. What would have really happened if someone had pushed their detonator? Were they wired to their own barges, to another building, or was the one in Joker's hands the only working one? This makes the Prisoner's Dilemma even more complicated if the occupants of both boats think that their detonator won't blow up the other boat.
  • During really tense moments (such as when Batman is interrogating Joker), the soundtrack takes on a a high pitched tone, automatically making the viewer nervous.
  • In the climax, Batman tells Harvey that Joker chose him because "he wanted to prove that even someone as good as you could fall". So, in other words, Joker wanted to bring one of Gotham's best people down to his level. Sound familiar? The only difference is that this time, The Bad Guy Wins.
    • That's not all. By doing so, Joker indirectly made good on his promise of forcing Batman to break his one rule.
  • Joker's Game of Chicken with the Batpod basically sums up why he's such an effective supervillain in one scene. Batman relies on fear and intimidation to beat criminals. But the Joker is something he's never faced before. The Joker is someone who's not afraid of him. While any other criminal would get scared and run, Joker just takes a gun and screams at Batman to hit him. Either because he knows full well that Batman won't actually do it, or (judging by his reaction after Batman didn't do it) because he actually wants him to. Probably both.
  • In the Alternate Reality Game that ran before The Dark Knight there was a website called (Concerned Citizens for a Better Gotham) run by corrupt cops and their mob connections, which was trying to smear Harvey Dent. If you sent in your email to the organization, you would get swag back from the organization as is customary for Alternate Reality Games. One of the items was a pin button with a picture of Harvey on it, one side clear and the other side red and scaly. What seemed like a Mythology Gag at the time actually has a valid explanation In-Universe. As explained by Gordon, Harvey's nickname was "Two-Face", so it would be a little inside joke for the corrupt cops to send out a pin like that.
  • The Joker's Multiple-Choice Past isn't just a nod to The Killing Joke, it lampshades the Joker's motivation as a Whole Plot Reference to the comic. Each of his backstories strongly implies he went mad due to having one bad day, and in the comic, the Joker outright states he feels that such a day would drive anyone to insanity. This is his motivation in the film, testing both Harvey Dent and Batman along such lines, but in the climax he pushes all of Gotham to this.
  • In this version of the Batman story, the Joker starts out as a Psycho for Hire for the Gotham Mob who eventually grows beyond their control, contrasting most other versions that present him as an A-List player in the Gotham Underworld who has more-or-less always acted alone. While that might just seem like an easy way of connecting the Joker to the Carmine Falcone story arc in the first movie, it also greatly aids the movie's real world subtext by inviting comparisons to several historical "monsters" who started the same way. Adolf Hitler, for example, was originally just an angry firebrand who had no real power until Anton Drexler invited him to join the German Workers' Party, believing that his oratory skills could finally earn them some real recognition; Osama bin Laden got his start when the CIA gave his allies weapons and military training, believing that they and the Mujahideen could be useful in driving the Soviets out of Afghanistan; and many, many of the 20th century's worst dictators rose to power as a result of the Cold War, when either the Soviet Union or the United States saw them as potentially friendly to their interests. In Real Life, truly evil people very seldom rise to power alone. More often, they only get there when already-powerful people try to use them as pawns in their larger struggles.
  • It's easy to view Coleman Reese's swift willingness to back down from his scheme as simply because Lucius Fox points out that the man he's planning to blackmail is both a powerful billionaire and a potentially unstable and violent vigilante. But there's a third reason. Fox specifically makes a point of noting that Batman beats up not just anyone, but "criminals". Reese is planning to blackmail Bruce Wayne. Blackmail is a crime. The Batman would thus come after Coleman Reese not just out of spite, or vengeance, or fear for his secret, or insanity, but because Coleman Reese was a criminal... and thus a valid target for the Batman. No wonder he's so quick to not just give up on his scheme, but also give up the only evidence which would prove he was attempting to commit a crime.
  • When Alfred talks about how "some men just want to watch the world burn", he mentions how during his mercenary days his Eureka Moment came when the day he "saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine." This is a direct reference to The Man Who Would Be King, specifically these rubies.
  • Joker has a whole speech about how nobody panics when everything goes to plan, and will act shocked when it doesn't. A few minutes later, he stops in his tracks when the bombs stop going off in the middle of his Unflinching Walk, only to scamper off when they start up again. He just proved his own point by complete accident!