The Dark Knight


The Dark Knight

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Dark, complex, and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.



Total Count: 334


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Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis -- the dreaded Joker. Christian Bale returns to the role of Batman, Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins), and Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger dons the ghoulishly gleeful Joker makeup previously worn by Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero. Just as it begins to appear as if Batman, Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) are making headway in their tireless battle against the criminal element, a maniacal, wisecracking fiend plunges the streets of Gotham City into complete chaos. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Christian Bale
as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Heath Ledger
as The Joker
Aaron Eckhart
as Harvey Dent
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman
as Lt. James Gordon
Morgan Freeman
as Lucius Fox
Ron Dean
as Wuertz
Cillian Murphy
as Scarecrow
Melinda McGraw
as Barbara Gordon
Nathan Gamble
as James Gordon
William Fichtner
as Bank Manager
Vincenzo Nicoli
as Crime Boss
Greg Beam
as Junkie
Will Zahrn
as Assistant DA
Patrick Clear
as Judge Freel
Richard Dillane
as Acting Commissioner
Olumiji Olawumi
as Drug Dealer
James Farruggio
as Man No. 1
Tom McElroy
as Man No. 2
Bronson Webb
as Bounty Hunter
Andrew Bicknell
as Prison Ferry Pilot
James Fierro
as Thug at Party
Sam Derence
as Male Guest
Jennifer Knox
as Female Guest
Sarah Jayne Dunn
as Maroni's Mistress
Chucky Venn
as Gambol's Bodyguards
Winston Ellis
as Gamble Bodyguard
David Dastmalchian
as Joker's Thug
Daryl Satcher
as Officer at Intersection
Crhis Perschler
as Convy Leader
Aidan Feore
as Fat Thug
Paul Birchard
as Cop with Fat Thug
Vincent Riotta
as Cop at 250 52nd St.
Michael Andrew Gorman
as Cop at Hospital
Lanny Lutz
as Bartender
Peter DeFaria
as Civilian
Matt Rippy
as First Mate
Ariyon Bakare
as Guard Commander
Doug Ballard
as Businessman
Tommy Campbell
as Passenger
Craig Heaney
as Passenger
Lorna Gayle
as Passenger
Joshua Rollins
as SWAT Sniper
Dale RIvera
as SWAT Leader
Matthew Leitch
as Prisoner on Ferry
Tommy "Tiny" Lister
as Tattoeed Prisoner
Thomas Gaitsch
as Reporter #3
Adam Kalesperis
as Honor Guard Man
Tristan Tait
as Uniform Cop
Gertrude Kyles
as Fox's Secretary
Jonathan Ryland
as Passenger Ferry Pilot
James Scales
as Guardsman
Ian Pirie
as Prisoner
Roger Monk
as Prisoner
Ronan Summers
as Prisoner
Wai Wong
as Hong Kong Detective
Michael Corey Foster
as Honor Guard Leader
Hannah Gunn
as Gordon's Daughter
Brandon Lambdin
as Armored Car SWAT
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Knight

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Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight

  • Jun 20, 2016
    About as near perfect of a film as you can get for a comic book or action film. The script was brilliant, Heath Ledger's performance was well worth the Oscar he received. Even the intriguing, yet simplistic first scene sets the tone for the entire film. It says something about a film when every other film in its sub-genre tries to emulate it in some shape or form. This really kicked off the style that Marvel is going with now in that the films are first and foremost genre films but with superheroes added to them (this being a crime thriller w superheroes). Definitely one that should be watched by everyone. This film commonly is called the best comic book movie ever and it is hard to argue with people that make that claim.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2016
    Confidently directed, dark, brooding, and packed with impressive action sequences and a complex story, The Dark Knight includes a career-defining turn from Heath Ledger as well as other Oscar worthy performances, TDK remains not only the best Batman movie, but comic book movie ever created.
    Gage P Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    After Christopher Nolan resuscitated Batman in Batman Begins (2005), he brought us this complex, dark and thrilling sequel that shows us how thrilling comic book films can ultimately be.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    Boosted by a career defining performance by Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight is every bit as dark as it is entertaining. The writing is sublime, the acting incredible and the directing top notch.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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