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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 pure nature of the Joker, especially in the movie sense, is to be completely chaotic wanting "to watch the world burn". In other words, the Joker is the very definition of the alignment: Chaotic Evil In the movie, the conflicting stories about his past are there on purpose to continue this nature of just being an agent of chaos. Notice how we're ...


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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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The Dark Knight, in my view, is an epic description of the Joker's character. There is no other theme to the movie. Just as 'Batman Begins' was centered mainly around the characterization of the Batman. I observed a similarity and a difference between the Joker and the other mob bosses/bad guys. The similarity is that, both the bad guys and Joker have anti-...


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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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Batman has more than one rule, but the one line that he refuses to cross - the one thing that would turn him from a crusader into a villain - is that he does not kill. Only taking Christopher Nolan's Batman into consideration then yes, he did break this rule by directly causing the fall that accidentally killed Harvey Dent. Let's look at the scene: ...


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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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It's a matter of the director having a specific vision of how his Batman stories will become. In the first two films, Christopher Nolan wanted to bring Batman back to his roots, explore how Bruce Wayne became Batman, and how Batman became the legend he is (in the 1989 Batman film, when Vicki Vale asks Bruce why bats, he replies "They're great survivors"; in ...


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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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From an interview with Christopher Nolan: I don't really know where that came from... He actually had a sort of prosthetic appliance for the scars that wrapped over his lower lips, and the first couple of scenes where he was playing it that way, I actually had thought it was a mistake... I thought the prosthetic was coming loose on the bottom lip and he ...


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Well, most people often forget how easy it is to recognize somebody by voice and Bruce Wayne is kind of a celebrity. So changing his voice is a natural consequence of Nolan's making Batman more realistic. Of course Superman can't be Clark Kent, as he's obviously missing the characteristic glasses ;) And well, it surely also contributes to his dramatic ...


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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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Chaos and Anarchy are the greatest overarching themes of the entire trilogy. In Batman Begins, we are presented a Gotham that is seemingly serene, as we witness a young Bruce playing in his garden, blissful and happy. Until one fateful night, his parents are taken from him in a drastic event that spirals his world completely out of control, into chaos. We ...


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Batman Begins is a combination of stories from the Batman mythos, as well as an original story. According to Wikipedia, the starting point for Batman Begins was a story called "The Man Who Falls"; Jim Gordon was based on the character from the story "Batman: Year One". Neither of these stories featured Ra's Al Ghul, who is a significantly different character ...


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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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Robin is in the final Nolan directed Batman movie ("The Dark Knight Rises"). In the final few minutes of the movie, when Officer Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is collecting his property from the boys home, the woman behind the desk isn't able to find his name in their system. He then gives her is 'real name,' after which she says "You should use your real ...


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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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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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In the scene where Gordon stands at Harvey's bed in the hospital (which is also where his nickname is first mentioned) it is said that Harvey was working for the Internal Affairs Department, which is in itself not that popular with the cops. So I understood this along the lines of Harvey showing two faces to the people/cops, the nice and charismatic friend ...


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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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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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From IMDB: Despite endless speculation on which actor had been chosen to portray The Joker, Heath Ledger had always been Christopher Nolan's one and only choice for the role. When asked the reason for this unexpected casting, Nolan simply replied, "Because he's fearless." He later said that the two had met up to discuss it before there was even ...


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I see these colors/movie titles as the day in the life of a bat, beginning at sunset (orange) and ending at sunrise (white/bight) with a dark night in between (blue). Also plays on the titles; BEGINS, NIGHT and sunRISE. That is another nice conclusion to the saga.


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Dent dies as the result of an accident, not because Batman killed him. Batman's one is to never kill. But that does not mean that he goes out of his way to not let the bad guys be killed. If he has a choice, if it is necessary, the bad guys can be left to fend off on their own. Like in Batman Begins, when he leaves Ra's on the train while making his escape. ...


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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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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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