Examples Of Heroism In The Dark Knight

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The Clown Prince of…. Heroism?
Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is a flawed movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a must watch if you call yourself a superhero movie fan, but it’s flawed nonetheless. From a dubious recasting (Maggie Gyllenhaal replacing Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes), to poor pacing in the third act, and don’t even get me started with Christian Bale’s (Bruce Wayne/Batman) lack of enthusiasm and chemistry with Rachel, The Dark Knight struggles to find its footing. With all this being said, The Dark Knight is still an excellent film, and that is entirely thanks to Heath Ledger’s phenomenal job in recreating Batman’s archenemies; the Joker. They say that a superhero film is only as good as its villain, and good doesn’t do Heath Ledger justice, try Oscar-winning good. Surrounded with a superstar cast around him; Bale, Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent/Two-Face), Michael Caine (Alfred), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), and Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Heath Ledger manages to outshine them all in a performance that will go down as one of the best ever. Christopher Nolan told Indie Wire that Ledger initially did not want to partake in a superhero film and that he “didn’t like to work much and waited until he’s hungry.” And so, when the Joker role came around, “he was certainly hungry then.” Fans should be glad that he was hungry, because without him, The Dark Knight would look more like its predecessor, Batman Begins, a solid movie starring Christian Bale and Liam
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