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** After much research, Nolan's brother and co-writer, Jonathan Nolan, suggested the Joker's first two appearances, published in the first issue of the comic, as the crucial influences.Christopher had Jonathan watch ''Film/TheTestamentOfDrMabuse'' prior to writing the Joker, with the Joker resembling Mabuse's characteristics. Nolan referred to the film as "essential research for anyone attempting to write a supervillain".

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** After much research, Nolan's brother and co-writer, Jonathan Nolan, suggested the Joker's first two appearances, published in the first issue of the comic, as the crucial influences. Christopher had Jonathan watch ''Film/TheTestamentOfDrMabuse'' prior to writing the Joker, with the Joker resembling Mabuse's characteristics. Nolan referred to the film as "essential research for anyone attempting to write a supervillain".


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* PropRecycling: The Joker's full-auto Glock was originally part of [[GunsAkimbo a matching set]] used by Creator/BradPitt in the ending of ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''.


*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for the role of Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Eckhart. Ruffalo would eventually get his chance at a superhero role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]

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*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, Creator/RyanPhillippe, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for the role of Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Eckhart. Ruffalo would eventually get his chance at a superhero role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]


*** Creator/AdrienBrody, Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/GeoffreyRush, [[Franchise/TheMatrix Lachy Hulme]], and Creator/RobinWilliams were also considered for The Joker before the casting of Ledger. Williams was previously approached for the role when Creator/JackNicholson initially declined the part for ''Film/Batman1989''.
** Creator/HughJackman and Creator/MattDamon were offered the role of [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey Dent]] before Creator/AaronEckhart was cast. The latter turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/{{Invictus}}''.
*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for the part of Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Eckhart. Ruffalo would eventually get his chance at a superhero role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]

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*** Creator/AdrienBrody, Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/GeoffreyRush, [[Franchise/TheMatrix Lachy Hulme]], and Creator/RobinWilliams were also considered for The Joker before the casting of Ledger. Williams was previously approached for the role part when Creator/JackNicholson initially declined the part role for ''Film/Batman1989''.
** Creator/HughJackman and Creator/MattDamon were offered the role part of [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey Dent]] before Creator/AaronEckhart was cast. The latter turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/{{Invictus}}''.
*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for the part role of Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Eckhart. Ruffalo would eventually get his chance at a superhero role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]


*** Creator/AdrienBrody, Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/GeoffreyRush, [[Franchise/TheMatrix Lachy Hulme]], and Creator/RobinWilliams were also considered for the part of The Joker before the casting of Ledger. Williams was previously approached for the role when Creator/JackNicholson initially declined the part for ''Film/Batman1989''.

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*** Creator/AdrienBrody, Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/GeoffreyRush, [[Franchise/TheMatrix Lachy Hulme]], and Creator/RobinWilliams were also considered for the part of The Joker before the casting of Ledger. Williams was previously approached for the role when Creator/JackNicholson initially declined the part for ''Film/Batman1989''.



*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Eckhart. Ruffalo would eventually get his chance at a superhero role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]

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*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for the part of Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Eckhart. Ruffalo would eventually get his chance at a superhero role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]


*** Creator/AdrienBrody, Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/GeoffreyRush, [[Franchise/TheMatrix Lachy Hulme]], and Creator/RobinWilliams were also considered for the part of The Joker before the casting of Ledger. Williams was previously approached for the role when Creator/JackNicholson initially declined the offer for ''Film/Batman1989''.
** Creator/HughJackman and Creator/MattDamon were offered the part of [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey Dent]] before Creator/AaronEckhart was cast. The latter turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/{{Invictus}}''.

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*** Creator/AdrienBrody, Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/GeoffreyRush, [[Franchise/TheMatrix Lachy Hulme]], and Creator/RobinWilliams were also considered for the part of The Joker before the casting of Ledger. Williams was previously approached for the role when Creator/JackNicholson initially declined the offer part for ''Film/Batman1989''.
** Creator/HughJackman and Creator/MattDamon were offered the part role of [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey Dent]] before Creator/AaronEckhart was cast. The latter turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/{{Invictus}}''.


** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first choice for the role of [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]], Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a back-up option in case Ledger turned down the offer.

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** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first choice for the role of [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]], Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a back-up option in case Ledger turned decided to turn down the offer. offer.


** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first choice for the part of [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]], Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a back-up option in case Ledger turned down the offer. Bettany would later go on to portray ComicBook/TheVision in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
*** Creator/AdrienBrody, Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/GeoffreyRush, [[Franchise/TheMatrix Lachy Hulme]], and Creator/RobinWilliams were also considered for the role of The Joker. Williams was previously approached for the part when Creator/JackNicholson initially declined the role for ''Film/Batman1989''.

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** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first choice for the part role of [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]], Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a back-up option in case Ledger turned down the offer. Bettany would later go on to portray ComicBook/TheVision in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
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*** Creator/AdrienBrody, Creator/WillemDafoe, Creator/GeoffreyRush, [[Franchise/TheMatrix Lachy Hulme]], and Creator/RobinWilliams were also considered for the role part of The Joker. Joker before the casting of Ledger. Williams was previously approached for the part role when Creator/JackNicholson initially declined the role offer for ''Film/Batman1989''.



*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Eckhart. Ruffalo would eventually get his chance at a comic book role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]

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*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Eckhart. Ruffalo would eventually get his chance at a comic book superhero role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]


* ApprovalOfGod: Creator/Michael Keaton praised the direction of the film from Creator/Christopher Nolan and praised the performances of Creator/Christian Bale and Creator/Heath Ledger as “unbelievable”

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* ApprovalOfGod: Creator/Michael Keaton Creator/MichaelKeaton praised the direction of the film from Creator/Christopher Nolan Creator/ChristopherNolan and praised the performances of Creator/Christian Bale Creator/ChristianBale and Creator/Heath Ledger Creator/HeathLedger as “unbelievable”

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* ApprovalOfGod: Creator/Michael Keaton praised the direction of the film from Creator/Christopher Nolan and praised the performances of Creator/Christian Bale and Creator/Heath Ledger as “unbelievable”


** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first and only choice for the role of [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]], Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a backup option in case Ledger decided to turn down the offer. Bettany would later go on to portray ComicBook/TheVision in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first and only choice for the role part of [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]], Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a backup back-up option in case Ledger decided to turn turned down the offer. Bettany would later go on to portray ComicBook/TheVision in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.



** Creator/HughJackman and Creator/MattDamon were both offered the part of [[ComicBook/TwoFace Two-Face]] with the latter turning it down due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/{{Invictus}}''.
*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Creator/AaronEckhart. Ruffalo eventually got his chance at a superhero role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]
** When Creator/KatieHolmes decided not to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes due to scheduling issues, Creator/IslaFisher, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, and Creator/RachelMcAdams were considered to replace her before Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal was hired.

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** Creator/HughJackman and Creator/MattDamon were both offered the part of [[ComicBook/TwoFace Two-Face]] with the Harvey Dent]] before Creator/AaronEckhart was cast. The latter turning turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/{{Invictus}}''.
*** [[Film/SweetHomeAlabama Josh Lucas]], Creator/LievSchreiber, and Creator/MarkRuffalo screen-tested for Harvey Dent as well before the casting of Creator/AaronEckhart. Eckhart. Ruffalo would eventually got get his chance at a superhero comic book role with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk another well-known comic book character.]]
** When Creator/KatieHolmes decided not to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes due to scheduling issues, Creator/IslaFisher, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Creator/RachelMcAdams, Creator/EmilyBlunt, and Creator/RachelMcAdams Creator/IslaFisher were considered to replace her Creator/KatieHolmes as Rachel Dawes before Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal was hired.the casting of Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal.


** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first and only choice for the role of [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]], Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a backup option in case Ledger decided to turn down the offer.

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** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first and only choice for the role of [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]], Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a backup option in case Ledger decided to turn down the offer. Bettany would later go on to portray ComicBook/TheVision in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.


** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first and only choice for the role of The Joker, Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a backup option in case Ledger decided to turn down the offer. Bettany would later go on to portray ComicBook/TheVision in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first and only choice for the role of [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker, Joker]], Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a backup option in case Ledger decided to turn down the offer. Bettany would later go on to portray ComicBook/TheVision in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.



** Creator/HughJackman and Creator/MattDamon were both offered the part of Two-Face with the latter turning it down due to schedule conflicts with ''Film/{{Invictus}}''.

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** Creator/HughJackman and Creator/MattDamon were both offered the part of Two-Face [[ComicBook/TwoFace Two-Face]] with the latter turning it down due to schedule scheduling conflicts with ''Film/{{Invictus}}''.



** When Creator/KatieHolmes decided not to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes due to choosing to do ''Mad Money'', Creator/IslaFisher, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, and Creator/RachelMcAdams were all considered before Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal stepped in.

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** When Creator/KatieHolmes decided not to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes due to choosing to do ''Mad Money'', scheduling issues, Creator/IslaFisher, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, and Creator/RachelMcAdams were all considered to replace her before Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal stepped in.was hired.


* RealitySubtext: Bruce Wayne requesting a new Batsuit from Fox so that he can turn his head and be more agile, was the result of Christian Bale complaining about these problems with his Batsuit from the first movie.

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* RealitySubtext: Bruce Wayne requesting a new Batsuit from Fox so that he can turn his head and be more agile, was the result of Christian Bale complaining about these problems with his Batsuit from the first movie. movie, as well as a gag on the fact that this was the ''first'' big screen Batsuit that let the actor turn their head.


** Some well-known character actors (Anthony Michael Hall, Creator/MichaelJaiWhite, Tiny Lister, Chin Han, Creator/EricRoberts, Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal, William Fichtner, and Creator/NestorCarbonell) round out the cast.

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** Some well-known character actors (Anthony Michael Hall, (Creator/AnthonyMichaelHall, Creator/MichaelJaiWhite, Tiny Lister, Chin Han, Creator/EricRoberts, Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal, William Fichtner, Creator/WilliamFichtner, and Creator/NestorCarbonell) round out the cast.


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* InspirationForTheWork:
** Creator/ChristopherNolan cited ''Film/{{Heat}}'' as "sort of an inspiration" for his aim "to tell a very large, city story or the story of a city": "If you want to take on Gotham, you want to give Gotham a kind of weight and breadth and depth in there. So you wind up dealing with the political figures, the media figures. That's part of the whole fabric of how a city is bound together."
** David S. Goyer cited ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' as inspiration for the story.
** After much research, Nolan's brother and co-writer, Jonathan Nolan, suggested the Joker's first two appearances, published in the first issue of the comic, as the crucial influences.Christopher had Jonathan watch ''Film/TheTestamentOfDrMabuse'' prior to writing the Joker, with the Joker resembling Mabuse's characteristics. Nolan referred to the film as "essential research for anyone attempting to write a supervillain".
** Nolan suggested ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' influenced a section of the Joker's dialogue in the film, in which he says that anyone can become like him given the right circumstances.


** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first and only choice for the role of The Joker, Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a backup option in case Ledger decided to turn down the offer. Bettany would later go on to portray ComicBook/TheVision in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.''

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** While Creator/HeathLedger was always Creator/ChristopherNolan's first and only choice for the role of The Joker, Creator/PaulBettany was reportedly considered as a backup option in case Ledger decided to turn down the offer. Bettany would later go on to portray ComicBook/TheVision in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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