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The original phrase is by Friedrich Nietzsche, in his book Twilight of the Idols: From life's school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger This means that every experience in life makes you a stronger, more rounded person. Joker's phrase is obviously a word play on this, as other answered have already identified, but to give some more reasons ...


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The people of Gotham City faced a very hard time. The mob was still on its height and was only slowly taken its powers (to a large part by Harvey Dent), there was corruption all over the governmental institutions. While the Batman did his best to fight crime, it was still a very dark situation when a masked vigilante has to do what the police and the ...


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He doesn't technically receive the money in a transaction sense. His receipt of the money is 0 in actuality. In the future should he kill Batman, he would receive 50%. However at that point he had 100% of the money, one guy opposing him against his ever growing army of psychos, what do they care about money? What do they care if they rightfully ...


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As noted in other answers, it's wordplay and emphasizes how strange the Joker himself is. But the literal meaning of the expression is also important; to me, it seems quite reasonable to assume that the Joker really does believe that traumatic experiences ("whatever doesn't kill you") can push people to extremes and cause them to abandon social norms ("makes ...


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I'm thinking this is urban legend, only because it's hard to believe that the scene was not the product of special effects. When he presses the button, Ledger has just exited the hospital and is still very close to it -- within a distance that has to be much closer than he would ever be allowed to stand while filming, due to danger from flying debris, ...


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From everything I've read of this scene, I can't find any official sources. But what there is a common consensus. Obviously, due to the nature of having an abandoned building given to the production crew, the explosion scene had a one chance deal and one chance only to get the scene proper. Not exactly within the production budget to blow up a building ...


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Some obvious, important quotes: Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair! Don't talk like one of them, you're not! Even if you'd like to be. To them, you're just a freak, like me. They need you right now. But when they don't, they'll cast ...


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Had a look at the special features on my Blu-ray of The Dark Knight (Special Features, Focus Points, Hospital Explosion), how the scene was planned and filmed is described in some detail. The scene was shot essentially as it appears, the only computer graphics used was the addition of two rows of glass windows at the top of the building. The delay between ...


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I do agree that disguise is one reason. But this is Nolan, there's always more. In Batman Begins, Bruce tells Alfred: Bruce Wayne: People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can't do that as Bruce Wayne, as a man I'm flesh and blood I can be ignored I can be destroyed but as a symbol, as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can ...


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The Joker was a disciple of chaos, and wanted to prove that anyone - especially Batman, disciple of law - were as ready to abandon law and morality as he had already done. He had the robbers progressively executing each other in the opening scene. He forced Batman to choose between Harvey Dent and his girlfriend. He went to Harvey in the hospital room ...


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Why he chose to name himself two face seems relatively straight forward, after the injuries sustained (predominately to his face) during the explosion and subsequent conversation with Commissioner Gordon in which it is revealed that members of the major crimes unit were calling him "Two-Face". Harvey is obviously upset that Batman chose to save his life ...


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The Joker chose all three (Harvey, the Batman, and Jim Gordon), each in his own way, but only Harvey fell completely. Harvey was attacked through the loved one, done by kidnapping and murder. The Joker gave the Batman switched locations, because he knew that the Batman would go after Rachel (The way you threw yourself after her), so with one move he ...


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I think it's important to look at (one of) the Joker's origin stories. From The Killing Joke: You see it doesn't matter if you catch me and send me back to the asylum... [...] I've proved my point. I've demonstrated there's no difference between me and everyone else! All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the ...


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I'd just say it is to seem like something fresh, a new take on an established role and thus using their lesser known (yet still common and recognizable by experts) nicknames rather than their original names, which have been used to great lengths already. Who wants to see yet another Superman or Batman movie nowadays? Instead Man of Steel or Dark Knight ...


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Well if you go back to the original scene where the Joker met with the mob bosses for the first time, the conversations were the following : It is simply we kill the batman If it so simple why haven't you done it already If you are good at something never do it for free How much you want ? Half As far as I can understand he want ...


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In the movies no one actually refused to be Robin. Nor do we see Bruce Wayne even contemplate the notion of having a side kick. This is due to a creative decision by Nolan (the director), who has stated many times that he does not want Robin to be part of the triology. Which is understandable. Robin is a very hard character to get into the movies. Having a ...


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Superman Director Zack Snyder had a marketing campaign arranged with the National Gaurd to promote their "Soldier of Steel" recruitment program. You can visit the website for the program here. http://www.soldierofsteel.com/ The marketing program was a join effort that allowed the produces of "Man of Steel" additional exposure for the film. I'm not sure ...


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The first time The Joker tries to make a deal, its for half the money to kill the Batman. Subsequently, we know that the Mob initially did not deal with the Joker (because they later decide to hire the clown). So we know that the Joker was working for the Mafia, although at this point we can be pretty much sure that they would certainly not give The Joker ...


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It was a simple wordplay. He took a very famous and often used phrase (that you correctly identified in your question) and made it, well, stranger. This is just the Joker's kind of humour, especially when seeing that he has a thing for taking the normal and driving it ad absurdum. So I'm not sure he intended anything else than being funny and, uh, strange.


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There is no reference to her again, but as you have yourself noted, the coin lands on the unscarred side, meaning Dent wouldn't have killed her. At least not directly. Dent is bound by his preference for the determination of fate by fate, abandoning this would undermine the sanctimonious crusade he has embarked upon, and would also invite his own ...


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This is an old thread and I assume you've already turned in your paper, but it's an interesting question so I wanted to share an answer. Like many good movies, The Dark Knight has several themes, but to me the primary theme of the movie is duty. The reason why I say this is because the primary conflicts of the film are centered around that theme: Joker - ...


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It's not an observation of fact that half the money is his or that the money in that pile was only half of all the pot. It's a highly aggressive version of an old joke: "Can I have half that beverage","Sure", after chugging down the whole beverage "Sorry, my half was on bottom." They were in fact saying, "I burned you money, but I burned mine too...see ...


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The death of Harvey Dent was going to be a huge blow to the city. Harvey had gotten rid of virtually all of corrupt crime in Gotham. Once word got out that he was dead, the public (I.E. the various newspapers, magazines and who knows who else) would naturally want to know the circumstances of his death. It would soon get out that Harvey had killed Maroni ...


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I think that the question "why did a self-sacrificing hero (which the Batman surely is) take the blame instead of framing somebody else?" doesn't make sense. To ask such a question properly, I think you'd have to make out a feasible alternative plan, taking into the account the current circumstances and the need to rig any evidence to fit Maroni and plenty ...


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His fate in the movie is intentionally left as ambiguous, but there's some implying by Jim Gordon later that Harvey killed five people, so Maroni could be one of the five. However, in the comics (specifically Batman: The Long Halloween, which served as influence in some ways for the Batman films directed by Nolan) Maroni is the one responsible for ...


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For the joker, who believes he is immortal, or at least behaves as if he is, life would be boring without chaos, the strange, or unexpected is the root of chaos. The more chaos, the more victorious or strong he feels. Nothing seems to kill him, so whatever entertaining means that others use in attempts to kill him only satisfy him in watching the chaos. ...


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It's really one of the main themes of "The Dark Knight." Like Hammer said, Batman and Commissioner Gordon both knew that this had to happen. You may have heard Commissioner Gordon say something like "He's not the hero they want, but he's the hero they need," referring to Harvey Dent. In other words, the implication is that the average citizen would want ...



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