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The second movie in Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy.

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Why does the Joker deliberately mislead Batman about hostage locations in "The Dark Knight"?

I recently rewatched Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight movie, and a particular scene caught my attention. In this scene, the Joker provides Batman with the locations of two hostages: Harvey Dent and ...
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Why Does Batman Exhibit Extreme Anger Towards the Joker in the Jail Scene of 'The Dark Knight'?

In 'The Dark Knight', there's a particularly intense scene where Batman confronts the Joker in jail. Throughout the movie, Batman consistently avoids inflicting fatal harm on the Joker, even risking ...
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Who was the fifth one that was killed by Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight?

When Two Face AKA Harvey Dent dies after falling from the building at the end of The Dark Knight, Gordon and Batman have the following conversation: Gordon: The Joker took the best of us and tore him ...
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Did The Joker win the psychological battle over Batman in The Dark Knight?

I have watched the movie The Dark Knight many times. However, I still ponder who won the final psychological battle between Batman and The Joker. I understand that The Joker failed to deliver on his &...
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What was the purpose of the canister shoved into the banker's mouth by the Joker?

In The Dark Knight prologue, the Joker shoves a canister into the banker's mouth, and yet, the banker just sits there with the canister smoking in his mouth. Why did ...
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In The Dark Knight why does The Joker not appear to feel any pain?

In many scenes of The Dark Knight, it seems that the Joker experiences no pain. Some examples: When the truck is flipped by Batman, the Joker is sitting inside the truck, but after the crash he soon ...
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Why didn't the Joker's goons know who he was in the car (the Dark Knight intro)

In the dark knight intro, the Joker along with his goons rob a bank. In the car however, the joker's goons talk about him being out of the operation and still getting a share even though he isn't ...
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Did Batman break his one rule?

In the final scene of The Dark Knight, we see Batman go on a final confrontation with the corrupted Dent. Dent, hell bent on making Batman and Gordon pay for Rachel's death, flips his trademark coin ...
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Did The Dark Knight only make $2.0M at the box office?

On the The Dark Knight's (2008) Rotten Tomatoes webpage, it says the movie earned "$2.0M at the box office (gross USA)". Two million seems low for such a popular movie. Were the earnings ...
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Do the Chris Nolan Batman movies have a unique Gotham accent?

I cannot place American accents particularly well, so this is not intuitive to me based on watching the Christopher Nolan Batman movies. Do the cast use a particular accent to place themselves in the ...
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Why didn't Lucius tell Bruce Wayne about Coleman Reese?

About a third of the way through The Dark Knight one of the financial contractors for Wayne Enterprises discovers the identity of Batman due to "irregularities" in the finances. When Lucius ...
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Is this quote originally from The Dark Knight?

You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Now I'm fairly certain I've been saying that line for at least ten years, don't know where I heard it, but now someone ...
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Why does Christian Bale change his voice when playing Batman

Like almost every Batman fan, I enjoy Christopher Nolan's interpretation of the role of Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy. But why does Christian Bale change his voice to such a great extent when ...
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How come no-one noticed The Joker in the hospital?

So there are two scenes in The Dark Knight in which The Joker is dressed as a nurse and no one notices who he is. How did he get into the hospital with women's clothes and his make-up without anyone ...
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Was Gambol created specifically for The Dark Knight?

Did Gambol (played by Michael Jai White) appear in the comics either before or after the Dark Knight movie?
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What hits Joker's thug in the bus scene?

It seems that one of Joker's thugs at the beginning of The Dark Knight lost his consciousness because he was hit by something. However, there is nothing heavy enough to have caused such an effect in ...
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Why blame Batman for the crimes commited by Harvey Dent?

Near the end of The Dark Knight, Gordon says he cannot cover up the murders of 5 people, 2 of them cops. But how would the public know that Harvey committed those crimes? Why did they have to blame it ...
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When was Blackgate prison built?

I don't remember Blackgate being mentioned in the first two of the Nolan Batman Trilogy. Was the prison built to house all the extra criminals imprisoned because of the Dent Act or was it there all ...
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Why did Gambol have such an issue with the Joker?

Around the beginning of The Dark Knight when the Joker confronts the mafia during their meeting, as soon as the Joker walks into the room Gambol shows hostility towards the Joker, however, all the ...
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Why would Dent believe the Joker?

During The Dark Knight, The Joker visits Dent in the hospital to shift the blame off himself. But why would Dent believe him? The Joker is undoubtedly responsible for Rachel's death. Why would he ...
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Why is Two-Face mad at Jim Gordon?

In The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent says Jim Gordon can only say sorry after he lies to a loved one by saying they will be fine only to know they will die. But what is Gordon being asked to apologize for? ...
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Is there a version of the Dark Knight where Batman keeps shouting "Where is Rachel!!?"?

I watched the Dark Knight when I was in school. I specifically remember that during the interrogation scene, the Batman keeps shouting "Where is Rachel?" in order to get Rachel's location. For some ...
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Is it possible that Arthur Fleck is not the real Joker? [duplicate]

Joker traces the origin story of Arthur Fleck, a troubled man (mentally, financially, and in several other ways) who goes into a downward spiral and emerges as a maniacal killer. My question: is ...
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Was the improvement to Batman's suit actually noticeable?

At the beginning of The Dark Knight they make it a significant point that Batman needs an improvement to his suit, in particular that he needs to be more flexible, as he realizes after the initial ...
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Are there different cuts of the ferry scene in "The Dark Knight"?

I just watched "The Dark Knight" again, after having seen it just once before at the cinema in 2008. One of the scenes that stuck with me was the ferry scene. A ferry full of prisoners and a ferry ...
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"Smile because it confuses people..." - when is this said by the Joker?

There is a line that is all over internet attributed as being said by the Joker: Smile because it confuses people. Smile because it's easier than explaining what's killing you inside. But I can't ...
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Do the previous Batman movies adhere to Batman's rules?

Christopher Nolan's take on Batman makes it very clear that Batman has a set of rules, or at least 1 rule that he follows and in The Dark Knight (2008), it's addressed several times. That one rule is ...
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How did the Joker time the Rachel explosion so precisely?

Given that the Joker doesn't have a clock in his cell, how did he time the explosion so precisely such that Batman will only have time to save one? If he told Batman 1 min later, Gordon would have ...
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Why did they call Harvey a two face even before the accident?

In The Dark Knight, it is mentioned that the cops had a nick name for Harvey Dent even before the accident in which half of his face got burnt. Why did they call him that?
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Why did the Joker rob the bank?

Why did The Joker rob the mob's bank in the beginning of The Dark Knight when he didn't care for money at the end of the film?
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Does the Joker kill Gambol in The Dark Knight?

In The Dark Knight (2008), there's a scene where the Joker confronts a gangster named Gambol. It looks like he's just going to slice Gambol's cheek, but then Gambol ends up dead. What actually ...
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Did Harvey Dent know that it was Bruce Wayne who locked him up?

In The Dark Knight's fundraiser scene where Bruce Wayne invites many people for Harvey's fundraiser, Joker attacks the place with his goons, looking for Harvey. When Bruce sees this, he catches Harvey ...
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Jokers pencil trick? He knew someone would get up to allow it to happen?

This pencil trick scene here from "The Dark Knight" never made any sense to me: Joker says "How bout a magic trick", pushes pencil into the table, at which point the ...
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Why did Lucius interrupt Bruce during their Sonar/Submarine discussion?

In the 2008 movie The Dark Knight, Lucius Fox and Bruce Wayne had the following conversation in Hong Kong: Bruce Wayne: What's this? Lucius Fox: I had R&D work it up. Sends out a high-...
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Is the Golden Raspberry nomination the reason Katie Holmes didn't reprise her role? [duplicate]

I was reading Batman Begins (2005) Wikipedia article, and was shocked to see that the movie got nominated for a Golden Raspberry award for Worst Supporting Actress for Katie Holmes who played Rachel ...
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How did the Joker plant bombs in the hospital?

In The Dark Knight (2008), the Joker calls into a TV show where Reese is about to reveal Batman's identity, and says that if Reese isn't dead within 60 (90?) minutes, then he [the Joker] would blow up ...
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How did the Joker plan the heist so that no one knows he was there?

In The Dark Knight, the opening bank robbery involves the Joker and a few thieves. When the jeep pulls up to pick up the Joker, he then puts on his mask and gets into the backseat. Did the two ...
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Why did no one stop Joker from burning money?

In the movie The Dark Knight, after Joker captures Lao from the Jail and brings him back, he gets his share of money. Then he burns it? Why did he burn the money? If you say Joker is a Psychopath and "...
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Was Batman complicit in the Dent Act?

Batman and Gordon were both part of the decision to hide Harvey's crimes and have him die a hero. Therefore, when the Dent Act was instituted, did Batman, or better yet, Bruce Wayne, try to stop it in ...
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How does Batman complete the Joker?

Here's an extract from the epic Christopher Nolan movie "The Dark Knight". Batman: Then why do you want to kill me? The Joker: I don't.. I don't want to kill you...! What would I do without ...
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What specific difficult choices can only Batman make?

Here's a quote from The Dark Knight, which is commonly attributed to Bruce Wayne's character growth into a better Batman (full quote for better context): Bruce Wayne: [while in the underground bat ...
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What happened to the Joker after The Dark Knight? [duplicate]

So avoiding the obvious reason the Joker wasn't in The Dark Knight Rises, what was the reason in the film for The Joker not appearing? Is he locked up in Arkham? Clearly it's not Blackgate due to the ...
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In The Dark Knight, does the Joker know who Batman is?

In the movie The Dark Knight, the Joker initially threatens that he would kill people everyday if Batman does not reveal his true identity. But he also threatens Mr.Reese when he tries to unveil the ...
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Why did the Joker lick his lips?

Throughout The Dark Knight, the Joker licks his lips when in conversation. Why does the Joker do this? Is this a psychological affect commonly observed in sociopaths or people with mental imbalances (...
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Why did the Joker take the risk of placing a gun in Harvey Dent's hand?

After Harvey Dent's face got burned and his fiancée was killed in The Dark Knight, the Joker goes to the hospital and gives Harvey Dent a gun to give Dent an opportunity to kill the Joker. Why was The ...
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Why use titles like 'Dark Knight' and 'Man of Steel'?

In recent Christopher Nolan's related DC films, lesser known titles are selected as movie names. Such as Dark Knight for Batman and Man of Steel for Superman. Is there any specific reason for it or ...
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Did Nolan deliberately do the Joker fall scene in reverse to Burton's version?

In The Dark Knight, Batman caused the Joker to fall from a building but he saved him from falling in the end. But in Tim Burton's Batman, Batman was the one solely responsible for Joker's fall. Both ...
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Why doesn't anyone realize the honor guard at Commissioner Loeb's funeral procession is full of the Joker's men? [duplicate]

In the Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne tracks Melvin White aggravated assault, moved to Arkham twice to his apartment, which is overlooking Commissioner Loeb's funeral parade, where he finds a police honor ...
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How does Batman link Lau with the mob?

During the proposed joint venture between Lau Security Investments and Wayne Enterprises in The Dark Knight, Lucius Fox begins to suspect that LSI's revenue stream is largely "off the books, maybe ...
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What did the Joker's detonators actually target?

I was watching Batman: The Dark Knight the other day and something jogged my memory. There is a scene where the Joker puts two bombs in two separate boats and gives the detonator to the boat owners. ...