The Dark Knight Rises is a brilliant follow-up to Batman Begins and the definitive Batman movie to date, which makes you wonder what Nolan will accomplish if he decides to do a 3rd Batman film. The Dark Knight takes place in a world where the line between good and evil is drawn in pencil. The screenwriting duo of brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan turned to the dark side for their 2nd Batman movie (although Batman Begins wasn’t exactly light fare), with The Joker’s lunatic smile and gleefully malicious manner setting the tone for a wild romp through a world gone mad. Batman’s universe is teetering on the edge and the conflicted superhero is trying to unravel the puzzle of how best to protect Gotham City while believing he’s not the savior his city deserves.
Bale has an even more difficult task of bringing out the human behind the superhero this time around. Even though the redesigned batsuit allows him a little more freedom of movement, Bale’s expressive face is covered beneath a bat mask. Yet he’s able to convey everything he needs to with just the lower portion of his face, piercing eyes, and menacing voice.
Ledger came up with a series of tics – licking his lips, sucking on his cheeks, carrying his entire body in an off-kilter way – to define the character of The Joker. He also created a voice and manner of speaking that’s inimitable and perfect for a homicidal maniac who gets off terrorizing his victims.
On the story of The Dark Knight Rises, Ledger will long be remembered for bringing to life one of the best villains ever in a comic book-inspired movie. With his last completed performance before his untimely death, Ledger left behind a Joker who’s one of the most disturbing villains on film.
The Dark Knight‘s action sequences are controlled chaos with cars and motorcycles and Mack trucks careening down city streets, and the film’s quieter moments are equally as engaging. There’s just so much to say about The Dark Knight, so much I want to analyze and discuss, but expanding on a review of the plot would lay out potential spoilers and it’s best to go into the film without any knowledge of the storyline other than the bare minimum. Nolan and company have surpassed what they accomplished the first time out, and The Dark Knight is everything you’d want from a superhero movie and much, much more.