The Dark Knight is a 2008 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman directed, produced and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Christian Bale reprises the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman and Heath ledger as Joker. The film is one of the highest grossing film in worldwide. The film collects a gross total of $1,001,921,825 in worldwide.
Directed by : Christopher Nolan
Produced by : Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Charles Roven
Screenplay by : Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Story by : Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer
Starring : Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman
Music by : Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
Cinematography : Wally Pfister
Editing by : Lee Smith
Studio : Legendary Pictures, Syncopy Films, DC Comics
Distributed by : Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date : 14 July 2008 (New York City), 18 July 2008 (United States)
Plot Summary :
In Gotham City, the Joker and accomplices rob a mob-owned bank, the Joker killing off the others and escaping alone. Batman and Lieutenant Jim Gordon decide to include the district attorney Harvey Dent in on their plan to bring down Gotham's mob, currently led by Sal Maroni. Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne meets Dent and Rachel Dawes, deciding to host a fundraiser to show his support for Dent. The Joker approaches the mob, offering them his services should they need it. Corrupt accountant Lau, working for the mob, flees to Hong Kong but is dragged back to Gotham by Batman, agreeing to testify against the mob.
Maroni and the Chechen turn to the Joker who begins murdering people on a daily basis unless Batman unmasks himself. Among the casualties are Commissioner Loeb. The Joker targets Dent at the fundraiser, Bruce hiding him. The Joker tries to assassinate Mayor Garcia during Loeb's memorial service, Gordon taking the bullet and seemingly dying. Rachel is targeted, Bruce and Alfred Pennyworth looking after her. At a press conference, Dent claims he is Batman instead of Bruce who planned to confess to the public, and is escorted by police to county prison. The Joker intercepts, but is caught by Gordon, who faked his death. Gordon is promoted to Commissioner as a reward. However, Rachel and Dent both disappear, Batman confronting the Joker and learning both are in building filled with explosives. Batman and Gordon go to save them, Batman finding Dent and saving him, but Rachel is killed when the explosives detonate. Dent's face is set on fire and half of it is left severely scarred. The Joker escapes from the Gotham police department with Lau.
Coleman Reese, an accountant working at Wayne Enterprises under Lucius Fox, realises Bruce is Batman and plans to publicly expose him. The Joker, who kills Lau and the Chechen, threatens to bomb a hospital unless Reese is killed. Gordon rescues Reese, while the Joker visits the crazed Dent in hospital, convincing him to get revenge on those who "truly" killed Rachel. Dent kills Officer Wuertz, and spares Maroni and Officer Anna Ramirez, using his lucky coin to decide their fate. The Joker threatens to takeover the city, pitting two ferries of citizens and Arkham Asylum inmates against one another, giving them the decision to blow each other up. Batman confronts the Joker, aided by Lucius using a machine able to detect phones across the city and use them as a locator. The ferry passengers refuse to kill each other, and Batman captures the Joker, but not before he learns of Dent's rampage.
Dent lures Gordon to the building where Rachel died, holding his family hostage and threatens to shoot his son. Batman arrives, tackling Dent off the building to his death. Deciding to take the blame for Dent's victims, Batman forces Gordon to make him a fugitive and portray Dent as Gotham's true hero. In the closing scenes, Gordon destroys the Bat Signal, and Lucius watches the locator machine self-destruct, and Batman flees the police, Gordon considering Batman the city's real hero.
Reception : The film got high acclaim from critics and audience with 94% approval rating from critics in Rotten Tomatoes and 8.9 rating in IMDB.