The Dark Knight Movie
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One of the most eagerly anticipated
films in the past several years, The
Dark Knight just may be the huge
money-maker that Warner Bros.
Pictures hopes it will be. With an
intriguing plot and a stellar cast,
this Batman movie may just be the
best in the series yet.
least that’s how the fans see it.
Online movie forums are filled with
people who are quite excited about
this movie. Some are comic book fans
who are interested simply because
this is a Batman movie. But many
others are looking forward to this
film for other reasons.
mentioned above, The Dark Knight has
a highly-talented cast. Batman is
played by Christian Bale, who also
played the role in Batman Begins.
Bale was the seventh actor to play
the character of Batman in a
live-action film and the only
non-American actor to have the role
The other lead
character in The Dark Knight is the
Joker. Heath Ledger was cast as the
Joker. Unlike Jack Nicholson’s
portrayal of the Joker in 1989’s
Batman—in which the Joker was a bad
guy, but he was also rather
amusing-- Ledger portrayed the Joker
as a frightening psychopath. Ledger
took a lot of inspiration in
developing his character from Sid
Vicious and the 1971 movie, A
noteworthy actors in The Dark Knight
include the Oscar winner Michael
Caine, who plays Alfred Pennyworth.
Pennyworth is Bruce Wayne’s
(Batman’s) butler. Morgan Freeman,
another Oscar winner, has the role
of Lucius Fox. Fox runs Wayne
Enterprises for Bruce Wayne.
Several other well-known
Hollywood actors and actresses are
in this film as well. Harvey
Dent—the District Attorney who helps
Batman fight Gotham’s crime spree—is
played by Aaron Eckhart. Attorney
Rachel Dawes, who works with Harvey
Dent, is played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
notwithstanding, The Dark Knight has
had its share of problems and
concerns. Perhaps the most
well-known is the death of one of
the main actors of the film.
Heath Ledger’s sudden death on
January 22, 2008 could have caused
some major difficulties for Warner
Bros. Pictures. Luckily, though,
Ledger had already finished filming
his scenes and post-production work.
So, although the film was not going
to be completed and ready for
release for another seven months,
Ledger’s death did not cause any
real trouble for the actual movie.
This is a good thing,
because the character of the Joker
is of central importance to The Dark
Knight—and, by nearly all accounts,
Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker is
marvelous. The basic premise of this
movie is that Batman teams up with
District Attorney Dent to try to get
rid of the crime in the city. But,
the Joker—and his multitude of
rogues--becomes more dangerous than
anything else they have faced.
Whether fans are looking forward
to this film because it is the
newest Batman movie or because of
the cast or even because of the
eerily gruesome Joker matters not—at
least not to Warner Bros. Pictures.
They seem to have a blockbuster on
their hands—the biggest blockbuster
of the summer of 2008.
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