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The Dark Knight

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Release Date: July 18, 2008 (North America) More Regions »

Genres: Action, Comic Book, Sequel          MPAA Rating: PG-13

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Warner Bros.   Production Company: Legendary Pictures

Who's In It: Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Heath Ledger (The Joker), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Rachel Dawes), Gary Oldman (Lt. James Gordon), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent / Two-Face)

Who's Making It: Christopher Nolan (Director), Jonathan Nolan (Screenwriter), Christopher Nolan (Screenwriter), David S. Goyer (Story), Christopher Nolan (Story)

Premise: Continuing his war against the criminals of Gotham City, the masked vigilante called Batman finds that the tide may be turning in his favor thanks to the efforts of police Lieutenant Jim Gordon and rising star... More »

Official Website: www.thedarkknight.com

What We Think: Batman Begins brought the Dark Knight's film franchise back on the right track. With the same creative team returning for the follow-up and the introduction of Batman's biggest bad guy into the mix we anticipate... More »

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

JoBlo’s review is in, and they loooove The Dark Knight! Reviewer JimmyO gives the film 10 out of 10 stars, calling it “a near masterpiece that is smothered in atmosphere” and “one of the few superhero film that is absolutely Oscar worthy. This is as good of a Best Picture as any film could be.” He also notes that Heath Ledger is “astounding” as the Joker, among many more compliments for the film and its cast and crew. Click through to read the review.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Who would deface a poster of Batman? Who else but the Clown Prince of Crime? Check out the latest little viral gem from Warner Bros. right here.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Warner Bros. has announced that following the last scene of the film, a black title card will come up that reads:

"In memory of our friends Heath Ledger & Conway Wickliffe."

Ledger, of course, plays The Joker and died of an accidental overdose on January 22. Conway Wickliffe was the stunt driver who died during a test run of a scene last September 25.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The first official Dark Knight review is in, and Rolling Stone has it! Peter Travers' review posted today, lauding the film with phrases like “The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination” and calling Ledger’s standout performance “mad-crazy-blazing brilliant.Read Mr. Travers’ glowing words for yourself (warning: mild spoilers).

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The new person to envy: Tim Bisley. Tim is a scooper over at AICN who has seen The Dark Knight and written the first review. Basically, the film is amazing and we’re all the poorer for not having seen it yet.

Some of Tim’s thoughts:

"Heath Ledger's performance of the joker is truly one for the books… The Joker is almost more of a terrorist than criminal. He is not motivated by money. He wants to see people suffer… Its a damn shame that this was Heath Ledger's final major performance as it shows a whole different side to him as a performer and I now know that he was endlessly talented…Best supporting Oscar anyone?

"If [Batman Begins] was about fear then TDK is about hope and is relevant in today'stimes. Harvey Dent is a good honest man who is willing to bear the weight of bringing down all the criminals on his shoulders and what that means for his own life and those he loves. In terms of his transition to Two Face all I will say is that everything online that I've seen is fake.

"The film feels more like a crime drama in a grand city scape than a typical comic book movie. It feels like Heat except Batman is Al Pacino and The Joker is Robert De Niro and just like in that film we have a great scene between Heath Ledger and Christian Bale across a table. There is also an element of a Greek Tragedy.. There is a vast sense of morality at play within the film."

He also compares the feeling of the film to The Godfather II (a sequel that doesn’t feel like a sequel), says that Christian Bale “owns” the Batman role, and that “There is a prestige moment within the film that is a true Chris Nolan moment” (although I’m not sure if Tim means the Christopher Nolan film The Prestige or something else).

The review has a number of spoilers, so if you want to walk into the theater in a virgin TDK state of mind, skip this and just wait three weeks. Three loooong weeks…

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Wired interviews director Christopher Nolan about the film, shooting for IMAX, and Nolan’s avoidance of CG whenever possible (hurrah, we say!).

In the interview, Nolan describes the Joker: "He's like the shark in Jaws," Nolan tells Wired. "The Joker cuts through the film, he’s incredibly important, but he’s not a guy with a backstory. He’s a wild card." No backstory? Yes! Kinda makes up for the goofy "I made you and you made me" loop-de-loop Tim Burton’s Batman gave us, don’t you think?

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Warner Bros. announced today that they will release the original motion picture soundtrack to The Dark Knight, composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, on July 15, three days before the film opens. Zimmer and Newton had collaborated on the soundtrack for Batman Begins, and director Christopher Nolan brought them on board for The Dark Knight. The two recorded the soundtrack in London last month. For more info about the track listing hit www.thedarkknightscore.com.

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Sure you spotted what looks to be evidence of Harvey Dent’s new two-faced identity in the last trailer, but do you know what old 2F will look like?

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

How many faces does Aaron Eckhart have in the new Dark Knight trailer? Two, maybe?

The new trailer is out, and we get some great new shots – the Joker holding up a Joker playing card and saying “Here’s my card,” the Joker burning what looks like is a mountain of cash (well, he is crazy, after all…) -- but a couple point to Mr. E getting to play Harvey Dent’s better half. One has Eckhart on the floor as some yellow substance floods across, hitting his face (acid, maybe?). Another is a quick shot of Harvey in a car apparently scratching his left cheek with a gun – we see his right profile, but if you look closely you can see a little of the left side of his face, and it looks like there’s major damage. Check out the screen cap that JoBlo has up.

Promising stuff. Now all we need is a shot of him carving an X across the face of a two-headed coin to lock it in.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Aaron Eckhart reveals that Harvey Dent will turn into Two-Face in The Dark Knight! In an interview in the Los Angeles Times, Eckhart said that Two-Face not be the usual criminal he’s often portrayed as, but will be going after the Joker during the film: "The difference between Batman and Two-Face," the actor said, "is how far they are willing to go and how they make their point." Eckhart also says that the film is "more than an adventure tale, it’s somewhat of a mirror of our times. It deals with some fundamental questions of what’s going on in society."

Sounds interesting, and pretty thematic, too, especially when coupled with the comment by Christopher Nolan that he chose Eckhart for the role because of the actor’s "complexity and this aura he has of a good man pushed too far."

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Dark Knight has been rated PG-13 for "intense sequences of violence and menace."

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Not only did some lucky contest winners at Dark Knight viral events take home 35mm prints of the movie trailer, they found out that the Joker had defaced the trailer! Click below to watch the Joker-ized trailer.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Will Heath Ledger's death cause Warners execs to demand the cutting of a scene that hits a little too close to reality? That’s what Stewart Wood over at Cinemablend heard. Click here to read the spoiler (which is minor, at best) and weigh in with your thoughts.

However there's a report on Moviehole that claims the Cinemablend report is in error; the Moviehole source (said to be close to the production) tells the site that not a thing about the film is being changed to accommodate Heath's death.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Want to see the Halloween costumes for the Joker, and learn why there are no Two-Face costumes? Follow our link to see why but know that there are spoilers to be found.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

The New York Times has a great article on Christopher Nolan and The Dark Knight today. You get to see what Nolan is like on the set (calm, organized and polite, with "planned-out impulsiveness") and read what Nolan and Christian Bale think about some of the film’s themes. And yes, there are several illuminating comments about Heath Ledger and his intense talent, including cinematographer Wally Pfister, who says of Ledger’s acting, "It was like a séance, where the medium takes on another person and then is so completely drained."

And that IMAX footage we’ve heard about? Apparently it’s about half an hour of the film. Not too shabby, Mr. Nolan.

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