This time i will write about the sequel of Batman Begins and that is Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight. The movie was out on the big screen in 2008 and it has almost the same actors as the first one.
The action takes place one year after the events from Batman Begins. The movie starts with a team of thugs breaking into a bank. Their leader is the well known villain, The Joker, who not only kills the rest of the group, but he also steals the money from Gotham‘s most terrible mobsters. Later that day, Batman meets his friend, Lieutenant Jim Gordon, and together they decide that instead of catching the Joker, who they believed is just a small timer, they should focus on bringing the mobsters behind bars. With the help of Gotham’s DA, Harvey Dent, Batman and Gordon charge against the mafia using marked bills but Lau, the chinaman who was managing the mafia’s investment takes the money out of the banks and flies back to Honk Kong, far from Dent’s jurisdiction. During a meeting that the mobsters have, an unexpected guest comes forth: the Joker. The villain asks the mobsters for half of their total amount of money in exchange for killing Batman for them but his offer is rejected by Sal Maroni and the rest of the mobsters.
Bruce Wayne, the billionaire and also Batman himself, meets with Lucius Fox, his top manager and requests a new armor. After receiving his new suit, Batman heads to Honk Kong to bring back Lau. His mission is a success and he delivers Lau into Dent’s and Gordon’s custody. This thing scares and forces the mobsters to accept the Joker’s offer. During a fund raise that Bruce Wayne organized for Dent, the Joker and his group of thugs kill the judge that was supposed to conduct the lawsuit against the mafia and Commissioner Loeb. During Wayne’s party, the Joker attempts to kill Harvey but Batman comes just in time to hide Dent and also save Rachel Dawes, Bruce’s old friend who was dating Harvey. The Joker manages to escape and he sends the message to the city that he won’t stop killing people until Batman reveals his true identity and gives himself in. During a parade in the honor of Loeb, the Joker attempts to kill Mayor Anthony Garcia but he shots Gordon instead. Once again, the Joker escapes. Later that day, Rachel goes to Wayne’s penthouse which was the safest place in the city while Batman meets with Dent and tells him that he will give himself in so that no more people will get killed. This is a decision that Dent does not accept. The next day, at a press conference where Bruce was also present, Harvey Dent states that he is actually the Batman.
Dent is arrested and plays the role of a bait to make Joker attack him so that Batman can capture him once and for all. While the prisoner was transfered, the joker comes into the scene willing to kill Dent. The plan works as it should and after a wild chase on the streets of Gotham, Batman manages to capture the Joker also with the help of Jim Gordon who pretended to be dead in order to keep his family save. Because it was quite obvious that Dent was not Batman, he is released and taken home by car by a police officer. The Joker is taken to Gordon’s cells, same cells where Lau was held. Gordon finds out that Harvey Dent never got home and he was kidnapped instead but the Joker does not want to cooperate. Jim leaves the villain with Batman in the interrogation room where the Caped Crusader beats the information out of him. The antagonist tells the hero that both Rachel and Harvey were kidnapped and were held in different places and he had to choose who to save. Batman goes after Rachel while Gordon goes after Dent. The Joker deceives them, creates an explosion at the cells and escapes with Lau. Meanwhile, Batman arrives were Rachel was supposed to be, but he finds Harvey instead. The buildings in which the two prisoners were held explode: Rachel dies in the explosion and Harvey is badly burnt.
The Joker recovers the money for the mafia but he changes his plan. Instead of ending his assignment given by the mafia, he decides to take over them and also to take over the city. He starts generating panic within Gotham. The villain threatens the citizens of the city: he tells them that if no one manages to kill Coleman Reese, a lawyer that said he knows the true identity of Batman, he will blow up a hospital. This generates a high level of stress and panic among the citizens and even among the policemen who had relatives checked in into the hospitals. Reese is not killed, hence Gotham General Hospital is blown up but not before it is evacuated. Before the explosion, Joker infiltrates the hospital where Harvey Dent was. Now, Harvey had half of his face burnt and Joker corrupts him, telling him that the ones who were actually guilty of Rachel’s death were his companions, Batman and Gordon. Furthermore, Dent takes the nickname of “Two Face” and goes on a vendetta against the ones that were responsible for Rachel’s death. Two Face kills Sal Maroni and the corrupt policemen that were working for him and takes Gordon’s family as hostages. Batman contacts Fox and asks him to use the new machine he crated, a machine that was spying on Gotham’s citizens through their mobile phones. Although Fox does not accept with this method, he accepts to aid Batman when he is told that this is the only way he can finally defeat the villain. Batman finds Joker and finally catches him after a fist fight. He leaves Joker in the hands of the police and goes after Gordon and Two Face. As soon as he arrives, Dent was claiming revenge by trying to kill Gordon’s son. Batman tells him that the one’s responsible, the ones who decided to act were Harvey, Gordon and Batman himself. After tossing a coin to decide Batman’s fate, Harvey shots Batman. Then he attempts to kill Jim’s son but Batman strikes Harvey down.
Batman saves Gordon and his family but as they watch Dent’s corpse, Gordon says that Gotham will lose hope when the people will find out that Dent became exactly what he was fighting against. Batman claims Dent’s actions in order to keep Harvey’s reputation intact and in order to keep stability in Gotham. The Dark Knight tells Gordon to hunt him down and he becomes an outcast. The movie ends with Batman running away from the Gotham City police.
After this movie, Batman reached the climax of his success, this movie being considered even better than Tim Burton‘s. What was regarded as outstanding was Heath Ledger‘s skills as an actor in Joker’s role. Tragically, Heath Ledger died after this movie and he was awarded an Oscar post-mortem for his performance. The next article on Batman will be a short presentation on the third part of the legend, The Dark Knight Rise which will be released in theatres at the end of July, this year.