A vicious criminal known only as the Joker attempts to take
over Gotham City from the mob, despite the efforts of Batman.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine,
Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal,
Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts, Chin Han, Nestor Carbonell
Sequel to 2005's Batman Begins
Based on characters from DC Comics
Oscar Wins - Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger),
Best Sound Editing
Oscar Nominations - Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing,
Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Sound Mixing,
Best Visual Effects
The Dark Knight changed the face of comic book movies forever. It became the first superhero movie to gross over a billion dollars and it introduced us to a new take on the greatest villain ever. Heath Ledger cemented his place in movie history with his unforgettable performance as the villainous psychotic Joker. It's tragic that he didn't live to see it. His performance earned him a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor that was well-deserved and helped usher in a new respect for comic book films.
I also thoroughly enjoyed Aaron Eckhart's portrayal of Two-Face, which was a giant step up from Tommy Lee Jones's hammy Harvey from back in the day. The Dark Knight is a comic book film that will always be top shelf. No matter what happens in Batman's cinematic future, never will a film come close to how incredible The Dark Knight was.