Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
Plot: When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Katie Holmes decided against taking on the role of Rachel Dawes again because she wanted to star alongside Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah in crime comedy Mad Money.
In the scene when The Joker gatecrashes Bruce's party, Michael Caine was originally supposed to have a line when the elevator arrives but he was so spooked by Heath Ledger's appearance that he didn't speak. Caine referred to him as "terrifying".
Screenwriter David S. Goyer had originally envisioned The Joker to scar Harvey Dent during his trial in the third film.
One of The Joker's creepiest tics in the film was his frequent lip-licking and cheek sucking. This wasn't intentional but rather Heath Ledger's genuine reaction to the uncomfortable prosthetics. But he was told to keep it for the character.
Sam Mendes admits that The Dark Knight helped influence him to make Skyfall.
Heath Ledgers final, completed film role.
In preparation for his role as The Joker, Heath Ledger hid away in a motel room for about six weeks.
Heath Ledger posthumously won a total of 32 Best Supporting Actor awards for his work on this film, including the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Critics’ Choice award.
In the film, Bruce asks Lucius Fox for a new Batman suit with a head piece that is ‘easier to look around in’. This is a comical reference to older Batman films in which the actors playing Batman wore a suit that had a solid head piece covering the head, neck and shoulders. This made it impossible for the actors to turn their heads and instead had to turn their entire torso to look at their targets.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has a cameo in “The Dark Knight,” being threatened by the Joker at the cocktail party.
The hospital blown up by the Joker in “The Dark Knight” was an abandoned Brach’s candy factory in Chicago. The explosion triggered panicked calls to police from residents who feared a terrorist attack.
The Harvey Dent of “The Dark Knight” was partly inspired by Robert Kennedy, in that he is a crusading attorney who takes on the mob, but has a vindictive side.
Michael Jai White, who plays Gambol — one of the gangsters killed by the Joker — also played the titular character in “Spawn.”
Before the release of “The Dark Knight” on DVD and Blu-Ray, Warner Bros. was sued for copyright infringement by the small town of Batman, Turkey. The case was dismissed.
When the Joker is dressed as a nurse, he wears a nametag that says “Matilda.” Matilda is the name of Heath Ledger’s daughter.