The Dark Knight film trilogy by Christopher Nolan is one of the best Batman film franchise reboots so far. The second film, in particular, The Dark Knight was praised by fans and critics alike to be one of the best. As such, there have plenty of fascinating facts about the film that have come out since. If you're curious about them, check out our list of some of the best ones.
Heath Ledger's portrayal as the Joker is lauded by many to be one of the best and stands above that rest that came before him. In order to give the best performance he could, Heath Ledger reportedly locked himself inside his hotel room for a month to practice his version of the Joker. They were things like his voice, inspired heavily by singer, songwriter, Tom Waits. He practiced and took note of the Joker's mannerisms and even kept a diary containing the character's twisted thoughts and feelings. Heath Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for his role.
A lot of time and effort goes into making costumes and set pieces for movies and it is especially true with a superhero movie like The Dark Knight that requires attention to detail for all the intricacies of its design. The Batsuit created for the movies was not only practical, but it was also functional. The cowl was based on a motorcycle helmet allowing for better mobility. The suit itself is made of various material combining fiberglass, metal mesh, and rubber. One of the suit's gadget are real, lethal razors that retract and can be fired from its wrists.
There will be scenes in movies that seem all too real whether intended by the directors or not. The scene in the movie where Batman interrogates the Joker to get answers out of him was intense and things got quite rough during it. It turns out, Heath Ledger even encouraged Christian Bale to actually hit and rough him up, even going as far as taunting him so he would for this scene. Expectedly, Bale refused, so the Joker actor took matters to his own hands, hitting himself and even banging himself on the tiled walls of the room and leaving cracks that can be seen in the movie.
It's not every day that fan gets to meet his idols but this is exactly what happened to one fan, and it was not just any fan, it was the Senator of Vermont, Patrick Leahy. He has been a long-time fan of the Caped Crusader and has appeared in small cameo roles in other Batman movies and cartoons through the years. The Dark Knight movie might just be his best on-screen appearance yet that had him in a very "dicey" situation with the Joker.
The Dark Knight, being a superhero movie, is full of action and grand explosions but there was one, in particular, that stood out from the rest. That scene was when the Joker infiltrated a hospital and threatened to blow it up. The hospital was in fact, an abandoned candy factory and the crew did blow it up for the movie. In the movie, we see that the Joker was fiddling around with his detonator as not all of the charges went off. This was not intended for the movie and the Joker's reaction was unscripted but it was such a memorable scene that it made the final cut for the movie anyway.
It's always a hard time to film such a big-budget movie such as The Dark Knight under wraps from the public but this is exactly what Christopher Nolan and his crew tried to do when they started filming in Chicago. They even made up a crazy title for the film and called it, "Rory's First Kiss" but fans and spectators alike quickly caught on to the fact that it was really for a new Batman movie.
Batman Begins introduced us to the new Batmobile a.k.a "Tumbler" with all its awesome destructiveness and cool gadgets and weapons. It did not end there though, as The Dark Knight introduced a new vehicle in the movie, the Batpod. It served both as an escaped pod as well as a vehicle akin to a motorcycle with front-mounted cannons, a grappling hook, and greater mobility. Several prototypes were made for the movie but the first one was actually made in Christopher Nolan's own garage.
There was this part of the movie where the Joker dressed up as a nurse to get into a hospital to see Harvey Dent and in order to blow it up. His nurse costume had a name tag with the name "Matilda" on it. This name was actually in reference to Heath Ledger's daughter which was 2-years-old during the filming of this movie.
You know a movie is that good when even the President, himself, is a fan of it. ISIS was an all real threat to the welfare of our citizens and our peace. There was this scene at the beginning of the movie where the Joker first appears and stands in front of a large pile of money, only to set it on fire. President Barack Obama likens the Joker to ISIS in that he can come and easily disrupt the peace and set a whole region on fire, that is why we must fight them.
Video game tie-ins with movies were not uncommon in Hollywood and The Dark Knight was no different, with an open-world Batman game in the works and was being developed by Pandemic Studios. Unfortunately, the game studio was hit major issues that eventually led to its closure. The Batman Arkham games came out shortly after and became a big hit.
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