The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second installment in Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale and supported by Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman.
In the film, Bruce Wayne / Batman, Police Lt. James Gordon (Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent form an alliance to dismantle organized crime in Gotham City, but are threatened by an anarchist genius known as the Joker (Ledger ), which seeks to undermine Batman’s influence and throw the city into anarchy.
Nolan’s inspiration for the film was the Joker’s comic debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, and the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retells the origin of Harvey Dent.
The nickname “Dark Knight” was first applied to Batman in Batman # 1 (1940), in a story written by Bill Finger. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as various other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.
The film was the first main feature to partially use 70mm IMAX cameras, and Nolan used them for 28 minutes of the film, including the Joker’s first appearance. Warner Bros. initially created a viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing promotional websites and trailers that featured screenshots of Ledger as the Joker.
Ledger died on January 22, 2008, a few months after filming was completed and six months before the film’s release due to a toxic combination of prescription drugs, drawing intense attention from the press and the attending public. to the movies.
Considered one of the best films of its decade and one of the greatest and most influential superhero films of all time, the film received critical acclaim for its script, visual effects, musical score, mature themes, performances (particularly by Ledger ), cinematography, action. sequences and direction.
The film also set numerous records during its stage performance. The Dark Knight appeared in the top ten lists 287 critics, more than any other film of 2008 with the exception of WALL-E, and more critics (77) named The Dark Knight as the best film released that year.
With more than a billion dollars in revenue worldwide, it became the fourth highest grossing film at the time and the highest grossing film of 2008; it also set the record for the highest grossing domestic opening with $ 158 million, a record it held for three years.
At the 81st Academy Awards, the film received eight nominations; won the Best Sound Editing award and Ledger was posthumously awarded Best Supporting Actor. In 2020, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Register by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” making it the second DC superhero film after 1978’s Superman. in earning the honor. The Dark Knight Rises, the last film in the trilogy, was released on July 20, 2012.