The Dark Knight (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan
When the menace known as the Joker (Heath Ledger) wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader (Christian Bale) must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.
- Philip Bulcock (Detective Murphy)
- Ritchie Coster (Chechen)
- Ron Dean (Michael Wuertz)
- Aaron Eckhart (Harvet Dent/Two Face)
- Aidan Feore (Kilson)
- William Fichtner (Bank Manager)
- K. Todd Freeman (Jeremy Polk)
- Danny Goldring (Grumpy)
- Chin Han (Lau)
- Charles Jarman (Pencil Trick Thug)
- Walter Lewis (Medic)
- Andy Luther (Brian Douglas)
- Colin McFarlane (Gillian B. Loeb)
- Matthew O'Neill (Chuckles)
- Eric Roberts (Sal Maroni)
- William Smillie (Happy)
- Michael Stoyanov (Dopey)
- Michael Jai White (Gambol)
- Nancy Crane (Nurse Matilda)
- Maggie Gyllenhaal (Rachel Dawes)
- Nydia Rodriguez Terracina (Janet Surillo)
- While filming the chase scene with the Joker and the SWAT vans, one of only four IMAX cameras in the world at that time was destroyed.
- This is the first Batman movie where Batman operates outside of Gotham.
- Aaron Eckhart says he modeled his performance in part after Robert F. Kennedy, both in terms of his initially polished, dashing appearance and his preoccupation with revenge.
- Bob Hoskins and James Gandolfini auditioned for the part of Sal Maroni, a part that went to Eric Roberts.
- Heath Ledger's posthumous Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar win, marks the first time an Academy Award has been awarded, in a major category, to a comic book movie.
- Before filming the interrogation scene. Heath Ledger told Christian Bale to hit him as hard as if Batman was really hitting the Joker.
- In Sir Michael Caine's opinion, Heath Ledger beat the odds and topped Jack Nicholson's Joker from Batman (1989): "Jack was like a clown figure, benign but wicked, maybe a killer old uncle. He could be funny and make you laugh. Heath's gone in a completely different direction to Jack, he's like a really scary psychopath. He's a lovely guy and his Joker is going to be a hell of a revelation in this picture." Caine bases this belief on a scene where the Joker pays a visit to Bruce Wayne's penthouse. He'd never met Ledger before, so when Ledger arrived and performed he gave Caine such a fright, he forgot his lines.