Where Batman Begins revived the franchise, The Dark Knight perfected it. A stellar cast, improved action, and the best villain in the history of comic book movies all come together to make one of the best superhero movies in history which, in my opinion, is second only to Logan. Christian Bale delivers another phenomenal performance as the titular hero, Gary Oldman is perfect as Commissioner Gordon, and Aaron Eckhart delivers one of his best performances as Harvey Dent. Then there's the Joker. Heath Ledger gives one of the best performances in the history of cinema. His interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime greatly surpasses Jack Nicholson's legendary turn as the same character. Every single scene he's in is made better because of it. The best part of The Dark Knight is that if someone besides Ledger had been cast as The Joker, the film's quality would barely go down, and it would still be one of the best superhero movies ever, just maybe not #2. Regardless, this film will undoubtedly go down in history if it hasn't already.