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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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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 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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From a legal perspective, it's worth noting that the criminals he's referring to aren't those that Dent has already convicted in the past but the 549 criminals that Dent convinced Commissioner Gordon to arrest in scene 91. Not only are the criminals involved not yet convicted (far from it) but Dent makes it abundantly clear to the Mayor that the only reason ...


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Lamborghini's cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Everyone (or most everyone) knows this. They're not as common as a Toyota or a Chevrolet. As such, when one is passing by you will almost certainly notice. This was a bit of sarcasm by Alfred, as both modes of transportation (Batmobile vs Lamborghini) are definitely head-turners and will not go ...


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It's word play. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," is the familiar phrase. In the Joker's case he was hinting at the fact that his past troubles have messed him up.


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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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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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OK, since no other answers came in: Batman has a cape made of a "memory cloth" which can harden and turn into a glider (as illustrated in Batman's building raid in Hong Kong). The cape saves their lives, and IMDb's Dark Knight FAQ page concurs: How did Batman and Rachel survive the fall from the penthouse? Batman is able to deploy his cape ...


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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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What did the Joker want to prove? The long answer: “You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power--he's free again.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn When people are attached to things (e.g. Batman to Rachel (and his rules), Harvey Dent to fairness, the ...


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This quote was attributed to Bill Finger who died in 1974, he was best known as the uncredited actual creator of Batman



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