The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Hard to see this in relation to other Nolan movies: so, I'm working on this. But it’s a ‘philosophical’ text, in that it explicitly raises ethical questions (what kind of hero [ = President] do we need?)

But it’s also an action movie that cost more than the GDP of a central American country to make. An amount of money that could have been used significantly to retard global warming?

And the sad appearance of Heath Ledger. Is he brilliant, or just another over-rated Brando with stuff stuck in his mouth? Food for thought.

Cf. Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan, 2005), The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, 2012)]

Other Batman movies: Batman (Tim Burton, 1989), Batman Forever (Joel Schumacher, 1995; Batman & Robin, 1997); Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder, 2016).
Other Batmen: Michael Keaton (Tim Burton, Batman, 1989), Val Kilmer (Joel Schumacher, Batman Forever, 1995), George Clooney (Joel Schumacher, Batman & Robin, 1997).
Other reviews. Luke Buckmaster on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder, 2016).

Garry Gillard | New: 5 March, 2017 | Now: 8 September, 2018