Every year, fans of super hero narratives have several new comic book films to critique. So far this year, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” have all made a lot of money for their stars and investors. Currently, a film is in production that will feature the talented Ben Affleck as Batman, one of the most popular superheroes of all-time. Of the Batman films, most fans of this genre consider “The Dark Knight” to be the strongest.
“The Dark Knight” was released in 2008 and stars the brooding Christian Bale in the as Bruce Wayne aka Batman. As it begins, a mentally unbalanced criminal, the Joker (played by the late Heath Ledger), is terrorizing Gotham City. The new District Attorney, Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart) has successfully prosecuted many of the city’s criminals. Because of this, Gotham’s crime bosses work with the Joker in their plot to neutralize the D.A. A somewhat jaded Bruce Wayne hopes to retire as Batman, and he thinks he can since Harvey has done so much good work. But he soon realizes he will not be able to do this.
“The Dark Knight” has a stunning cast. Christian Bale provides a thoughtful and dynamic portrayal of Wayne/Batman. Aaron Eckhart is equally good as the ambitious Harvey, who is good at his job, but is sometimes ill-tempered and likes to make important decisions by flipping a coin. The late Heath Ledger gives the film’s best performance. He creates a memorably creepy voice and nails the character’s diabolical laugh. Ledger makes the Joker one of the best movie villains of all-time. He won a posthumous Oscar for his amazing performance.
There are many memorable scenes in the film, such as the opening bank robbery. This scene is unlike any robbery scene from other films. The robbers kill one another as the complete their tasks.
“The Dark Knight” is one of the great superhero films of all-time.