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Batman: The Dark Knight

Batman: The Dark Knight is often heralded as one of the biggest influences on the Modern Age of Comic Books, alongside Alan Moore's Watchmen. The series notably revitalized interest in Batman, which had been waning since the 1970s. Although not the first Batman work to implement a darker tone, the series helped popularize grimmer takes on the character and move away from light-hearted approaches, which were heavily associated with him due to the popularity of the 1960s series.

Batman: The Dark Knight


The video game Batman: Arkham Knight features a version of the Batmobile that can turn into a riot-response tank similar to the series' version of the vehicle. The game implies the design was chosen due to something darker taking control of his psyche and influencing him to implement these. However, the riot-tank features of the Batmobile are decisively non-lethal, whereas the comic's is implied to be capable of deadly force but never used.

Parents need to know that Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 is extremely violent. Based on the 1986 Frank Miller graphic novel, this Batman is a reflection of a mid-'80s vigilantism mindset as exemplified by Dirty Harry, Rambo, and so many other "tough guy gets even" movies from that era. Even compared to recent Batman films, this one is more violent, even if it's animated. The story is dark, and the complexities of the characters and the violence make it inappropriate for younger viewers. But for teens and parents ready for a superhero story with ambiguity, this is one worth seeing.

The majority of the film shoots were done in Chicago and its suburbs, but London also managed to grab a substantial chunk of the shooting locations. Many popular spots in London and Chicago were chosen as part of the new, dark sequence of Christopher Nolan's masterpieces. However, while these locations are popular, they look pretty sinister in the movie.

Rachel speaks in the dark, "Harvey, just in case, I want to tell you something, okay?" Harvey responds, "Don't think like that Rachel. They're coming for you!" Rachel cries, "I know they are, but I don't want them to. I don't want to live without you, and I do have an answer for you. My answer is yes!" Just as she says this, Harvey starts screaming and asking Batman why he didn't save Rachel. Before Rachel can finish her following statement, she gets blown up by the bomb.

This mechanism seems thematic for The Dark Knight: a dark Batman knows that every action has consequences (both good and bad), and choosing the best path forward will require dealing with both sides of the issue. Sometimes Batman will have to embrace a very harsh reality to save the world.

Joe Sutliff Sanders, assistant professor of English, says many people credit Tim Burton's Batman revamp in the late 1980s and early 1990s with returning the caped crusader to his dark roots. While the Batman comics of the 1980s did take a darker turn in both themes and plot, comics between 1939 and 1980 had a wide range of tones. The 1960s-era television show starring Adam West was developed after reading Batman comics, according to Sanders.

But later viewers responded favorably to the darker interpretations of Batman. Though that has likely aided Nolan's franchise, Sanders believes the films have been successful for more old-fashioned reasons.

Despite the distinctive nature of Nolan's trilogy, there are still many comparisons that can be made to Batman graphic novels and comics of the past. Much of the plot of the second film in Nolan's trilogy, "The Dark Knight," is based off of "The Killing Joke," a 1988 graphic novel written by Alan Moore. Moore's graphic novel features the Joker attempting to prove that one bad day can turn the best person to evil. Additional darker themes developed by the 1980s' comics revamp of Batman are evident throughout the trilogy as well. Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," a four-issue comic book series, was also widely influential in the development of Nolan's trilogy, according to Sanders.

The ever-increasing squeeze The Dark Knight (played by Christian Bale) has on criminals in this city that bleeds corruption has created an opening for a new crime boss. Seizing the opportunity, The Joker (Heath Ledger), a ruthless fiend whose methods border on the insane, secures his position over the thugs and then plots to get his hands on Batman. To convince the crime fighter to give up his knight job, the notorious clown-faced villain begins to paint Batman into a corner by killing police and, eventually, innocent citizens. 041b061a72


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