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The Dark Knight (2008)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

The Dark Knight (2008)

In director Christopher Nolan's violence and action-packed superhero, comic-book film:

  • the exciting opening sequence of the mob-owned, Gotham City bank robbery by clown-faced criminals - with the Joker (Oscar-winning Heath Ledger) revealing himself with a painted clown face (with a grinning red scar-smile) when he removed his mask in front of a bank employee on the floor after killing off all of his accomplices: ("What do you believe in? Huh, what do you believe in? I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you... stranger")
  • the Joker's meeting with underworld mob bosses (Salvatore Maroni (Eric Roberts), The Chechan (Ritchie Coster), and Gambol (Michael Jai White) an African-American gang leader), and his demonstration of a lethal pencil trick, when he slammed a thug's head into the upright writing utensil: ("How about a magic trick? I'm gonna make this pencil disappear. Ta-daaaa! It's gone!")
  • the Joker's negotiation with the mob bosses, who had been emasculated by Batman, that he would offer to "Kill the Batman" for them, in exchange for half of the bank robbery money: ("Let's wind the clocks back a year. These cops and lawyers wouldn't dare cross any of you. I mean, what happened? Did your balls drop off? Hmm? You see a guy like me....A guy like me. Look, listen. I know why you choose to have your little group therapy sessions in broad daylight. I know why you're afraid to go out at night. The Batman. You see, Batman has shown Gotham your true colors, unfortunately...It's simple. We, uh, kill the Batman")
  • the scene of Batman (Christian Bale) landing on the Scarecrow's (Dr. Jonathan Crane, Cillian Murphy) van and flattening it
  • the sight of a semi-trailer doing a somersault on a NY city street (and the Bat-pod doing its own wall flip) during a frenetic chase scene
  • every scene in which the Joker threatened victims with his knife and told them how he acquired his own facial scars from his abusive father -- including his intimidation of Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) at Bruce Wayne's penthouse during a fundraiser: ("Well, hello beautiful! You must be Harvey's squeeze! And you are beautiful. Well, you look nervous. Is it the scars? You want to know how I got 'em?"); he 'let her go' from the side of the skyscraper, forcing Batman to swoop down and rescue her
  • the scene of the Joker (dressed as a nurse in a white uniform) blowing up Gotham General Hospital by setting off various explosions - remotely
  • the Joker's two confrontation scenes with Batman:
    - in the police interrogation room when he said laughingly: ("I don't want to kill you. What would I do without you?...You complete me")
    - and while hanging upside down, he also stated his feelings about the battle for Gotham's soul: ("You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? Huh? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever...")
  • the scene of crazed district attorney Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face, with a disfigured face) (Aaron Eckhart), now corrupted and vengeful (and lured to the dark side by the Joker), terrorizing with a coin toss about everyone's fate - and Batman's rescue by hurling himself at Dent and tackling him off the side of the building, where he fell to his death
  • Lt. James Gordon's (Gary Oldman) and Batman's realization about how Batman would purposely take the blame and Dent would be lauded as a hero, because the citizenry of Gotham would lose hope if they knew how Dent's heroic goodness had been brought down by the Joker: ("They must never know what he did...the Joker cannot win"); Batman explained how he must sacrifice himself: ("Gotham needs its true hero....You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I can do those things because I'm not a hero, not like Dent. I killed those people. That's what I can be....I'm whatever Gotham needs me to be")
  • the final scenes of Lt. Gordon's eulogy for Harvey Dent
Harvey Dent (Two-Face) and His Coin Toss
Lt. Gordon's Eulogy for Harvey Dent
  • the concluding sequence of Batman's escape as a hunted fugitive as his Bat-Signal was destroyed by an axe wielded by Lt. Gordon: (Batman's voice-over: "You'll hunt me. You'll condemn me. Set the dogs on me. Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded")
  • Lt. Gordon's delivery of a final voice-over regarding Batman's fate, when he watched Batman flee and disappear into the darkness, to escape from a massive police sweep with dogs, on his Bat-pod: ("Because we have to chase him"), but to rise another day although "he didn't do anything wrong": ("Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight")

"What do you believe in?"

The Joker with Mob Bosses Before Pencil Trick

Flattened Car

Chase Scene

Intimidation of Rachel

Bombing of Hospital

Batman's Confrontations with Joker

Batman's Concluding Flight as "A Dark Knight"


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