Batman is one of the most iconic figures in American cultural history. On both the small and big screens, he has kept generations of fans entertained.
The 2008 film, The Dark Knight, is the sequel to Batman Begins (2005). Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) has a new foe that puts him to the test: the Joker (the late and very missed Heath Ledger). When he is not in the bat suit, Bruce is dealing with the new District Attorney Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart).
If this was not enough, his personal life is in pieces. His ex, lawyer, and assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal, taking over from Katie Holmes) has moved on. Her new love is Harvey Dent. Though it appears that their past relationship is in the rearview mirror, Bruce has not quite gotten over Rachel and she is not completely settled on Harvey.
If you remember this movie for one thing and one thing only, it is Ledger’s performance. Even to this day, his approach to the character sends shivers down my spine. The only other actor who gave me the same feeling with the same role was Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019).
My only problem with the story is one that is all too common. Gyllenhaal’s Rachel is one of two female characters who play a role in the narrative. Like Holmes before her, Rachel was primarily known as the love interest/damsel in distress. The fact that she is an accomplished and respected lawyer is secondary.
Do I recommend it? For the most part, yes.