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The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Date: Sep 03 2008

Themes: Alternative, News


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The latest Batman movie has been called “the perfect movie” by some critics, and whether you believe that or not, there’s no doubt it’s the most successful movie to date, since it broke box office records when it opened a few weeks ago.

The film’s success and attention comes not only from the performance of the hero by Christian Bale and all the cool special effects (hint: the amazing car from Batman Begins is back!), but also the villain. Heath Ledger finished taping the movie just before he died earlier this year. Some say his performance is Oscar- worthy. Listen to Marni and Devan talk about it.


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Marni:  So I finally went and saw the new Batman movie the other night.

Devan:  Wasn’t it so amazing?

Marni:  It was really amazing. It definitely lived up to all the hype, I think. I remember we had a conversation right when Heath Ledger died about how tragic it was and glad we were that this final performance was captured and he just…he blew me away. He was amazing.

Devan:  It’s such a bittersweet thing because it’s such a great performance to end a career on, but at the same time it just makes you think about how he was only going to get better and better and that he really could have been such an amazing star. But what a note to go out on.

Marni:  Absolutely.

Devan:  He really went out with a bang, playing the greatest villain, in my opinion, ever, and if not in a very long time.

Marni:  He was an incredible villain. But the film itself, it worked so well. It lived up to The Dark Knight. It was very dark. Just when you thought, “OK, this has got to end…” All these plot twists and they brought in Two Face. I didn’t think they were going to do that. I was really impressed with the whole thing.

Devan:  What villain do you think they’re going to have in the next Batman movie?

Marni:  I don’t know. I wonder if they’re going to go with the Riddler or Penguin, maybe Catwoman?

Devan:  What ever they do, they’ve got big shoes to fill after Heath Ledger.

Marni:  Exactly. Definitely.



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Marni just now got around to seeing The Dark Knight. She admits that it is, in fact, quite dark. A couple of major characters don’t survive the movie.

Devan is most impressed with Heath Ledger’s performance. She thinks he’s the greatest villain of all time. It’s hard for her to be happy for him though since his death was tragic and recent. Marni liked that the movie was full of surprises. With Ledger dead, the next film will have to feature a new villain. Who do you think it should be? What actor could live up to Ledger’s performance?



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it’s really good

08:00 AM Jul 16 2012 |



I haven’t ever seen The Dark knight film


01:33 PM Feb 01 2012 |



i will  watch it in free time

02:01 AM Jun 06 2011 |




what sup !!!

02:23 PM Nov 04 2010 |




lose a talented  person 

04:20 PM Jun 03 2010 |



well i think no one will act joker better than ledger but there are a lot of good actors who c ould try it!

Heath' way  to play the joker is/was incredibe!there are only other actors who could try their own performance but no one will be able to fill his shoes. 

04:03 PM Dec 17 2009 |




Heath Ledger is so perfect for Joker, really. Love this quote of him "why so serious?" but goshhh I wanna punch his irritating face… Yes he's dead but Joker isn't dead yet, so the story will continue. Batman is so generous.

08:50 AM Oct 01 2009 |



but.where is  Batman movie?

excuse me.i have no idea about it.

with you .surely.i will learn many things.


06:55 PM Jul 26 2009 |



There is nothing to say, rather than words aren’t strong enough to say, how much I appreciate the movie it was beyound my expectations & surprising enough to the public in general. It’s obvious that, nobdy can replace him.

05:11 PM Jul 26 2009 |

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good movie:)

05:10 PM Jan 27 2009 |




i don't know why people gave highly focus on the villain Heath ledge,but i found the starring who stars Alex in the <Prison Break>..haha,i failed to catch his name…

12:59 PM Nov 08 2008 |

funy girl

funy girl

Saudi Arabia

i love batman,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


05:27 AM Sep 07 2008 |



"It's not who I am underneath,but what I do that definds me"


03:27 AM Sep 07 2008 |


Saudi Arabia

aaah yes i heard alot of people talking about The Joker and i was saying to myself:Are they really still watching Batman, the cartoon?

But after that i knew from one of my close friends that they were talking about the movie

And i was like:a movie???

And then i watched the movie online on the internet and it was AMAZING!!!I loved the joker from his first scene!!!

10:01 PM Sep 06 2008 |



It's a great movie!I love Joker.

04:48 PM Sep 06 2008 |



United States

I did love this movie beyondmy expectations.. the movie is the dark knight

I dunno if there s  more batman movies coming out but they need to really do a GREAT job with  the next one ..

02:40 PM Sep 06 2008 |



it must be good movie.i usually dnt watch batman movies .but i wl look forward to watch dis movie


02:32 PM Sep 06 2008 |




Joker runs forever!

10:27 AM Sep 06 2008 |



This batman is Tongue outa betterman

09:37 AM Sep 06 2008 |



Dominican Republic

i haven't seen the movie yet, but maybe i'll watch it the next week, eveybody have said me tha it's such a great movie.

01:41 PM Sep 05 2008 |

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