The Dark Knight is a 2008 action hero film co-written, produced, and directed by
Christopher Nolan. It is Nolan’s second film based around the DC Comics character Batman, and the film is the sequel to the 2005 film, Batman Begins. Christian Bale returns to play the role of
Bruce Wayne, the billionaire who defends Gotham City as Batman. Other returning cast members include Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, and
Gary Oldman as James Gordon. The film introduces new characters, including Heath Ledger as the Joker, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. The Dark Knight received highly-positive reviews and, with revenue of over $1 billion, is the eleventh highest-grossing film of all time.
The Dark Knight is set in the fictional Gotham City. Here, a new villain called the Joker robs a bank with his small band of accomplices. The Joker kills his gang and leaves the bank in a school bus alone. Batman sets out to find the Joker with the help of Lieutenant James Gordon and the new district attorney Harvey Dent. The Joker tells Gotham City that he will begin to kill people each day that Batman does not reveal his identity. Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb and a judge are both killed by the Joker, and he tries to assassinate Mayor Garcia at Loeb’s memorial service; however, Lieutenant Gordon is hit with the bullet and it seems that he dies. Bruce Wayne plans to reveal his identity as Batman, but Harvey Dent publicly names himself as Batman to protect Wayne. Later, Lieutenant Gordon helps to apprehend the Joker as he chases Harvey Dent, who he believes to be Batman, across Gotham City. Batman questions the Joker to find that Dent and Wayne’s childhood friend, Rachel Dawes, have both been kidnapped. The Joker tells Batman
that they are each in a separate building filled with explosives and that there is only enough time to save one of them. Batman finds Dent, but the bombs are