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Was it just a subtle bit of humour to subvert the audience's expectations that they were going to compare it to bats using sonar to navigate? Mostly ...but it's also a not-so-subtle nod towards the fact that, even if not spoken out loud, that Lucius Fox isn't stupid and knows exactly what Bruce is doing with the technology. In other words...Lucius knows ...


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Little known piece of trivia: When Harvey holds the Joker at gunpoint in the hospital scene, you can see that the Joker is actually holding the revolver’s hammer with his finger, thus preventing the shot in case Harvey's coin lands on “bad” side. The Joker was never in any danger at all. Here’s a picture from the scene:


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The fifth one isn't someone that Harvey Dent killed. It's Harvey himself. The "five people" dead that Commissioner Gordon is referring to here are (in chronological order); Michael Wuertz, the cop that Harvey kills in the bar. Sal Maroni's driver, who Harvey shoots in the car. Sal Maroni, who (presumably) dies in the car crash Harvey causes. Anna ...


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That conversation happened when Bruce decided to turn himself in (So The Joker stops killing people) The way I understand it is Alfred advocating that Bruce Shouldn't turn himself in or reveal his identity, and that people may hate Batman for it, and Bruce instinct itself tell him that he can't sit a round and watch people die, but it's the right but hard ...


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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 significance of the story is basically to tell Bruce (and the audience) something he can't understand, namely that the Joker isn't to be understood, reasoned with or bargained with. The primary purpose of the story is just to reinforce the Joker's characterization as someone who doesn't strive for any "worldly" or reasonable goal, rather than just sheer ...


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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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The bank that was being robbed at the beginning is where the mob kept their money; the money that was stolen belonged to the mob. From the script: Bank Manager: You have any idea who you're stealing from? You and your friends are dead. And Gordon: My detectives have been making drug buys with them for weeks. This bank was another drop for the mob. ...


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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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The Joker really didn't care about death at any point even if Harvey pulled that trigger then. The biggest example for that is during the scene when he falls of the building during the fight with Batman even when he is falling, he laughs hysterically before Batman catches him with grapple gun. Harvey Dent was Joker's biggest ace. When he gave him the gun he ...


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According to official novelization of The Dark Knight Rises, Joker appears to be the sole inmate at Arkham Asylum. “Blackgate Prison was a maximum-security penitentiary located on one of the smaller islands in Gotham Harbor. Now that the Dent Act had made it all but impossible for the city’s criminals to cop an insanity plea, it (Blackgate Prison) had ...


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One of the reasons that no one notices The Joker dressed as a police officer is because there are hundreds of other police officers that are all dressed alike. The joker does not have his normal green colored hair and blends in quite well with the other police officers. The only distinguishing features are the scars on his face. Other factors to ...


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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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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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Bruce Wayne knows that he's a disturbed individual with violent tendencies and unresolved issues, and could easily slide towards evil. To stop that from happening he created a set of ground rules for himself, a code of ethics. No killing, and no guns. Interestingly enough, this wasn't always the case. The very early Batman stories in the 1940's he was shown ...


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From the IMDb FAQ segment about this sentence: A definitive answer is impossible. Christopher Nolan, when asked about an answer during a Blu-Ray Live Event, responded "I will answer this question one day. But not today." However, I think this is the most reasonable explanation: Detective Wuertz. Killed in the bar. Detective Anna Ramirez. While ...


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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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It's highly likely that the quote originated from The Dark Knight movie. Apparently, Batman (and other super-heroes) was inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher. A lot of aspects of Batman are inspired by Nietzsche's beliefs which would explain why the movies seem very philosophical at times. Along with the fact that there seem to be no ...


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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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I really doubt that The Joker has ever said this. You are right when you say that the quote is all over the Internet, and quite often attributed to Heath Ledger's version of The Joker. But Heath Ledger only played The Joker once, in The Dark Knight, and he definitely didn't say it in that film. What's more, not a single instance of those quote that I can ...


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I believe the phrasing was that "while this machine is at Wayne Enterprises I won't be". In the scene you're referring to he typed in his name to delete the software and destroy the machine. The machine is no longer there so Lucius Fox was happy to remain.


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If you're looking for a real-life application of this scene, I can't say with any certainty if this technology exists or is merely a plot device. What I can tell you are the mechanics of this scene, however. Upon arriving at the crime scene, Bruce sees a bullet hole fired into the brick of the apartment. While obtaining this evidence, he says to Gordon ...


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What Alfred means here, is that Batman can make right choices when needed and which no one can make. Joker knows that Batman has a rule that he will not kill anybody. So he turns this moral code into Batman's weakness by creating chaos and killing people. The only way to stop this would be to kill Joker which, of course, is something that Batman will never ...


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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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If you watch the entire scene, (starting at about 1:00) it is fairly easy to see why the Joker did not die during the explosion. Although the bomb was powerful, the joker and all of the people in the room with him were not directly exposed to the bomb. The factors to consider are: The culprit that had the bomb implanted ...


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Does Joker know who Batman is? Short answer: It doesn't matter. Long answer: He might, he might not, but in Joker's mind it's much more fun to interact with Batman; interacting with the man behind the mask is boring. A lot of Joker's motivation is explained in the answer to this question: What did the Joker want to prove in The Dark Knight? To paraphrase:...


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It's a response to the line of dialogue immediately before that, not an out-of-the-blue statement. Give me one good reason why I shouldn't have my boy here pull your head off. How about a magic trick? That's not a reason, so the obvious response is to actually have the thug try to hurt The Joker. It's been a number of years since I last watched the ...


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