The Dark Knight

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Year of Release: 2008

Genre: Comic Book

Related to/Remake of: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises (sequel)

Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Music By: Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard

Starring: Christian Bale (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), Heath Ledger (as The Joker), Aaron Eckhart (as Harvey Dent/Two-Face), Gary Oldman (as James Gordon), Maggie Gyllenhaal (as Rachel Dawes), Michael Caine (as Alfred Pennyworth), and Morgan Freeman (as Lucius Fox)

Basic Plot: Bruce Wayne must deal with a new threat to Gotham City, a maniac in clown makeup who joins forces with the mob to bring the city under his control.  Meanwhile, the city’s district attorney survives an attack that leaves him both physically and mentally scarred, causing him to become a threat to Gotham himself.

Rating (Out of 4): 4

Pros: Perhaps the best, most polished “comic book movie” ever made.  This movie feels like a crime thriller that takes place in a very believable environment, with characters that reflect actual people.  Great acting, storytelling, and directing.  Heath Ledger’s final major performance (before his untimely death) elevates what could have been a one-note villain into Oscar-winning territory.

Cons: Not too much to complain about here.