The Dark Knight screens on Tuesday, August 24th at 9:00pm at Toronto Underground Cinema.
Following up on his success with Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan was once again given the chance to direct another Batman film. That film would become the third highest grossing film of all time, and quite possibly the most iconic Batman film to date. It is beloved by many and hated by very few. Oddly enough, for a film that is both darker in tone and scope than it's predecessor, it is also a much brighter looking film.
Batman (Christian Bale) is still cleaning up the streets of Gotham City with help from soon to be police commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman, who really needs more roles like this instead of the more offbeat roles he usually gets saddled with) and Gotham's district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhardt, in a role that is usually overlooked when this film is talked about). Only this time around, Gotham has a more homegrown enemy instead of the League of Shadows. A mysterious face pained anarchist has risen to power in Gotham. That man is The Joker.
As played by Heath Ledger, Nolan reminds us why The Joker was always the strongest of Batman villains. Joker is someone who can not be tamed or easily reasoned with. Almost every word out of his mouth is a lie and he is absolutely fearless in his conquests. In terms of determination and using misdirection to conceal whatever his identity might be, Joker really isn't that far off in tone from Batman himself.