'The Dark Knight' Synopsis

The follow-up to the action hit "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime.

With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger ("Brokeback Mountain") stars as arch-villain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays District Attorney Harvey Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast in the role of Rachel Dawes. Returning from "Batman Begins" are Gary Oldman as Lieutenant Jim Gordon; Oscar winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") as Alfred; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") as Lucius Fox.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Christopher Nolan film, "The Dark Knight." Nolan directed the film from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers. "The Dark Knight" is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Comments (298)

  1. Yogijava

    Now The Batman in the classic 1989.
    Harvey Dent - is played by Billy Dee Williams,
    How is Black guy. But in Modern Batman- The Dark Knight (2008) Harvey Dent- Is played by Aaron Eckhart Who is white. how amazing,
    so hi said is not the matter if u r BlackorWhite..haha :|=)

    1 year agoby @YogijavaFlag

  2. undeadslayer4

    The dark knight trology is best than all previous batman movies combined

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Hardest movie I've had to review damnit! Gonna take me till late in the evening to post. I want it to be perfect

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. Ali Mohamed Alshalali

    dark night one of my Favorite Movies its amazing one

    2 years agoby @Ali-Mohamed-AlshalaliFlag

  5. Fallenlords

    Films can be popular it doesn't necessarily mean they are good by virtue of being popular, Titanic is as a prime example and lets not even start on those Twilight films. Films can also be unpopular and still be amazing, look at Fight Club. On release Fight Club bombed so badly it cost a top exec his job, yet it is now considered one of the best films of all time.

    I may be wrong on this score I fully accept that, but to me I just keep getting the feeling everybody got overtaken by the hype and the events leading up to the release. Are you going to sit back in ten years time, watch this film and go it's amazing? Or by that time are you going be caught up in the next round of hype/waffle.

    3 years agoby @fallenlordsFlag

  6. Greg Carter

    Plus, @fallenlords said he's never read a batman comic, seen a tv cartoon episode, and generally has never been a Dark Knight fan. So OF COURSE you're gonna be biased against it! Idiot. Millions of people can't be wrong, with you being the only one that correctly "analyzed" the masterpiece of a film. Get away from the keyboard my friend.

    3 years agoby @Greg-CarterFlag

  7. Greg Carter

    I hate all these old-heads like @fallenlords who hate on new era movies that far surpass old ones. btw, the dude said he likes Fantastic Four over Batman!! Probably some 50 year old guy going through mid-life crisis.

    3 years agoby @Greg-CarterFlag

  8. Fallenlords

    I only tend to over-analyse a film when everybody is saying how great it was and I can't see what they are seeing. I thought this film lacked humour, I mean how serious are we suppose to take a hero dressed like a bat and a villain who look like a clown? Humour was present in the first film to a greater degree, which to me made it a better film. Likewise in the first Iron Man, once these films start to take themselves too seriously they tend to miss the mark.

    Joker having no motivation to do what he was doing made no sense at all, there had to be some motivation. Or the only other explanation was Joker is just insane.

    3 years agoby @fallenlordsFlag

  9. Nik Nichols

    @fallenlords

    Disagree, ledgers death did not make me like the film any more or any less. I think you look way too much into movies rather than for respecting it for what it is. Im not gonna lie I do it too sometimes, but compared to the other movies that came out around its time almost couldn't touch it except for Iron Man. The story was great, fight scenes were alright, but the sick sense of humor of the joker was awesome, not to mention is reason to destroy and watch the world fall apart (no reason at all) was amazing. And im sorry you dont think its a masterpiece but your not me or the other 500+ on this page.

    3 years agoby @nik-nicholsFlag

  10. Fallenlords

    This isn't a masterpiece or an epic film. There is nothing new or interesting about either the directing, acting or the film as a whole. If anything it's a mediocre action flick based on an already popular character (with a devout following).

    For a masterpiece/epic look to films like 'Lawrence of Arabia' - stunning visuals, moving score, amazing lead performance and a visionary director. That's a film that influenced the likes of Lucas, Spielberg and Scorsese.

    In terms of history the only thing The Dark Knight has going for it, is being the most over-hyped film in the history of cinema.

    3 years agoby @fallenlordsFlag

  11. CUPID

    Ok so i just watch it again and it is a good movie made me change my rating from 3 to 4* but its still seriously overrated.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  12. Salem6777

    almost a masterpiece has some weak moments but its still a truly epic film.

    3 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  13. coolnblue

    i think you've gotta say that ledger was a pretty good actor (and his presence on the screen in any movie was phanominal ) but i was just saying "below" that he could have been given more character to play with,more insight to the joker,on how he became the joker like in the michael keaton batman movie where he starts out as a small time hood,even portrayed as the one who may have killed bruce wayne's parents. If the dark night is the first b.m. you see, you aren't gonna to know much at all about the joker character except what you imagine....please read my review ,it explains this. In this movie he basicly pops up out of nowhere like a jack in the box and goes on a rampage without rhyme or reason until batman puts him back in. Those of you that don't know what a jack in the box is ( a classic toy, a box u can hold in your hands,you turn the crank on the side until a clown pops out of the top with that clownish disturbing face that would scare the crap out of a young child. i don't see them around anymore, they were fading out when i was younger.)
    it's just true that they were going for an action packed movie.and people these days haven't cared much about story for a long time. i do like the fact that much of the stuff with the expolsions and car chases is real and not cgi. i rememeber seeing that new rambo movie and the blood looked cartoonish . i would rather see ketchup or that red looking fake blood (more fun) from the seveties than see cgi images. take a look at "death proof"dir. by Q. T.> ..real car chases! no that cgi crap.

    4 years agoby @coolnblueFlag

  14. Fallenlords

    Like I say hype - the death of Ledger was utilised as publicity for the film, it was spun something rotten. If Ledger had still been alive then people would of made natural comparisons with his portrayal. But as we never like to speak 'ill of the dead' what were the critics going to say? It's like standing up at a funeral and saying this bloke was no good which is something that just isn't done. Ledgers death was quite 'convenient' for the film all things considered, film was finished and in the editing stages when the death happened. That has to influence the final edit and I am not even sure we are even seeing the film that was originally imagined. While certain people had their heart in the right place, Depp and Co for example donating money to Ledgers daughter Matilda, I just saw the rest profiting from Ledgers death.

    What amazes me is that the majority of people fall for all the hype, but then it seems to work time and time again. It even works with me to an extent, but then a film has to deliver on it's promise. So far the majority of films that are over-hyped never deliver - this is one of those films.

    4 years agoby @fallenlordsFlag

  15. coolnblue

    "fallen lords" basicly replied below that the dark knight is over rated and i agree ,i do say it was an action romper stomper but far as the story goes,not that great,and believe it or not, ledger could have been better if character had been written better, ...see my review.

    4 years agoby @coolnblueFlag

  16. jellyfishdude

    After watching Dexter and the Trinity killer, it's hard for me to imagine Batman with a better storyline.

    4 years agoby @jellyfishdudeFlag

  17. jellyfishdude

    @SpaceCowboy - He was just making a smart remark that she's not dead yet, so he couldn't have known her her whole life...probably more foreshadowing than sinister. I can see how it could be looked at in that dark way though....i think it's sorta' funny smart remark.

    4 years agoby @jellyfishdudeFlag

  18. SpaceCowboy

    I've been in a DARK KNIGHT sorta phase lately and after watching it again I realized something kinda sickly dark about it (well, other than the obvious). Harvey Dent asks Alfred at Wayne's penthouse during his fundraiser "You've known Rachel her whole life." Alfred replies "Not yet, sir." And later in the movie Rachel Dawes...uhmmm, you know.

    4 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  19. SpaceCowboy

    @fallenlords I thought so too, but it's not a bad movie.

    4 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  20. Fallenlords

    Most over-hyped movie in the history of movies.

    4 years agoby @fallenlordsFlag

  21. SpaceCowboy

    It's been nearly three years since I last saw it, but I finally rewatched THE DARK KNIGHT and I think I actually like it again. I can still point out all its flaws, but I think I can look past them now.

    4 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  22. Psychoscorpion

    This movie was perhaps the best movie of 2008. It completely blew me away at the theaters. They need to make more movies like this.

    4 years agoby @psychoscorpionFlag

  23. Chris

    What ever happen to that guy and also @pie look at the recent activity to see who else hated this movie

    4 years agoby @unknown21Flag

  24. IlikePie202

    oh. GreatCritic. :P

    4 years agoby @Ilikepie202Flag

  25. IlikePie202

    @Chris Who doesn't love this movie?

    4 years agoby @Ilikepie202Flag

  26. Chris

    This movie put a huge smile on my face

    4 years agoby @unknown21Flag

  27. Remy72883

    i have to agree and with his voice he could pull it off, but i thin this role should stay true to heath until the next remake of the series comes

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  28. coolnblue

    you know who i think would be a great joker?........chistian slater,i mean,with the right direction and character lay out it could work,yes definetly work,just look at slaters face. i used to think he could play a young jack nicolson .

    4 years agoby @coolnblueFlag

  29. Remy72883

    This film is a instant classic

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  30. Summit10

    The movie was a landslide, hands down triumphant!!!

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag