The Dark Knight (film)


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The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second installment in Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy and the sequel to 2005's Batman Begins., starring Christian Bale and supporting cast Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman. In the film, Bruce Wayne /Batman (Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Eckhart) form an alliance to uncover organized crime in Gotham City, but are threatened by an anarchist mastermind known as the Joker (Ledger), who seeks to weaken Batman's influence and throw the city into chaos.

Nolan's inspirations for the film were the Joker's comic book debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, and the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retold Harvey Dent's origins. The nickname "Dark Knight" was first applied to Batman in Batman #1 (1940), in a story written by Bill Finger.[4][5] The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as several other locations in the United States, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The film is the first major feature to partially use 70 mm IMAX cameras, with Nolan using them for 28 minutes of the film, including the Joker's first appearance. Warner Bros. originally created a viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing a promotional website and trailers highlighting screenshots of Ledger as the Joker. Ledger died on January 22, 2008, several months after he had completed filming and six months before the film's release, causing great concern from the press and the film public.

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Considered one of the best films of its decade and one of the greatest and most influential of all time, the film received critical acclaim for its screenplay, visual style, musical score, action, adult themes, acting (especially Ledger), cinematography, action sequences and direction. . The film also set many records during its theatrical run.[6] The Dark Knight appeared in 287 critics' top ten lists, more than any other film of 2008 except WALL-E , and more critics (77) named The Dark Knight the best film released that year.[7] With over $1 billion worldwide, it was the fourth highest-grossing film at the time, and the highest-grossing film of 2008; it also broke the record for the highest-grossing domestic opening with $158 million, a record he held for three years.[8] At the 81st Academy Awards, the film received eight nominations; it won the award for Best Sound Editing and Ledger was posthumously awarded Best Supporting Actor. In 2020, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant",[9] becoming the second superhero film after 1978's Superman to receive the honor. The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in a trilogy, was released in 2012.



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