Here’s part 3 of my preparation for Batman v. Superman (part 1:Top 5 Batman and Superman movies, part 2: Man of Steel Review). How anyone could dislike this movie is beyond me. It’s by far the best superhero movie ever made and I’ll argue it is one of the best movies in general ever made.
The Dark Knight is the second installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. It follows the titular character’s (Christian Bale) fight against the evil Joker (Heath Ledger).
One reason I like this movie is the same one that makes me like Captain America: Winter Soldier so much. They aren’t superhero movies first. They cross over into other genres, making them much more interesting. Winter Soldier is more of a spy movie and this is more of a crime thriller. You get to see some of Batman’s detective skills at play in this movie as he tracks down and tries to figure out how to stop the Joker. The reason this movie (and the others in the Nolan trilogy) works so well is that it feels like it’s based more in realism than any other superhero movie. Batman feels like an ordinary guy with cool gadgets and Joker seems legitimately insane. Everything about this movie is pitch perfect: the dialogue, the score, the characters, the action, the stunts (that truck flip is insane). Every time I watch this movie, I am locked in from the opening scene through the final one. There’s nothing I don’t like about it.
I do, however, have a favorite part. That would be Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. Christian Bale is good as Batman (though he is a slightly weak Bruce Wayne in my opinion), but Heath Ledger is phenomenal beyond words in the movie. To me, this is the best performance of any actor, in any movie, ever. Period. I don’t feel bad for one second saying that. He completely melts into the role to the point where you can’t ever tell it is Ledger. Believe me, I tried last night while rewatching it to find a moment where he slips up and you can tell that it’s him playing the character. There isn’t one. He will always be the defining Joker to me. Between the way he talks, his laugh, his line delivery, and just all the little ticks the character has that you have to watch carefully to pick up on, he absolutely nails it. Jack Nicholson’s Joker is good and Jared Leto’s portrayal looks intriguing based on the Suicide Squad trailers. But nothing will beat this performance.
There’s not much else to say about this one. It’s amazing. If you somehow haven’t seen it, get off the internet and take a couple hours to watch it. You’ll be doing yourself a favor. This rating isn’t even a hard decision: The Dark Knight gets a 5/5.
Tell me all the reasons you love this one (or if you’re the one person on the planet who doesn’t, share that too) in the comments.
I’m seeing Batman v. Superman tonight, so look for that review sometime tomorrow.