The dark knight

Why So Serious? Photo of Christian Bale in The dark knight

Batman, aka Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is Gotham's great hope. He sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. But soon the debate rages as to whether he is more hero or menace. Batman and his friend Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) Bruce are impressed with the new D.A. Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). He's heroic, honorable, intelligent, inspirational and able to tackle crime - all without wearing a mask.

Photo of Heath Ledger in The dark knight

The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger). He starts murdering people just to provoke Batman. But when he kills Dent's girlfriend Rachel (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Dent decides to hunt down anyone who was involved in Rachel's kidnap, including the family of Jim Gordon.

Cast:

  • Aaron Eckhart - Harvey Dent
  • Adam Kalesperis - Honor Guard Man
  • Aidan Feore - Fat Thug
  • Alexander Hathaway - Prisoner
  • Alfred Wilde - Harry Wiseman
  • Allison Caine - Additional Voices (voice)
  • Amit Shah - Party Guest
  • Andrew Bicknell - Prison Ferry Pilot
  • Andy Luther - Brian
  • Anthony Michael Hall - Engel
  • Ariyon Bakare - Guard Commander
  • Asim Ahmad - Clown
  • Ayn Ruymen - Nurse
  • Beatrice Rosen - Natascha
  • Belle McDonald - Mrs. Posner
  • Bill Ibrahim - Maroni Gangster
  • Blayne Bennett - Inmate
  • Bob Kaliebe - Police Officer
  • Brandon Lambdin - Armored Car SWAT
  • Bronson Webb - Bounty Hunter
  • Bruce Allen Dawson - Prison Ferry Prisoner
  • Bruce Spielbauer - High Ranking Police Official
  • Buster Reeves - Joker's Thug #2
  • Carl Gottlieb - Meadows
  • Charles Kierscht - Guest at Bruce Wayne's Penthouse
  • Charles Query - Businessman
  • Charles (Chucky) Venn - Gambol's Bodyguard
  • Chin Han - Lau
  • Chris Anastasio - Out of Towner
  • Chris D. Thomas - Courtroom Spectator
  • Chris Petschler - Convoy Leader
  • Chris Rebello - Michael Brody
  • Chris Wilson - Major Crime Unit Detective
  • Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Chuen Tsou - Lau's Henchman with TV
  • Cillian Murphy - Scarecrow
  • Colin McFarlane - Loeb
  • Craig Heaney - Passenger
  • Craig Kingsbury - Ben Gardner
  • Cyprian R. Dube - Mr. Posner
  • Dale Rivera - SWAT Leader
  • Dan Gossen - Swat Officer
  • Dan Latham - Police Sgt. Spellman / Gotham Bomb Squad
  • Daniel Jefferson - Ferry Passenger - Immigrant
  • Danielle Day - Bruce Wayne's Supermodel Girlfriend #2
  • Danny Goldring - Grumpy
  • Darren Elliot Fulsher - Police
  • Daryl Satcher - Officer at Intersection
  • David Ajala - Bounty Hunter
  • David Dastmalchian - Joker's Thug
  • David Fultz - Pedestrian
  • David Lesley - Detective
  • David William James Elliott - Extra
  • Debbi Burns - Bank Patron
  • Deborah Lynn - Penthouse Partygoer
  • Denise Cheshire - Swimming Chrissie, First Victim
  • Dick Young - Pratt
  • Don Kress - Maroni Henchman
  • Donald Poole - Frank Silva, Harbor Master
  • Doug Ballard - Businessman
  • Dr. Robert Nevin - Medical Examiner
  • Duncan Inches - Townsperson
  • Dwight Sora - Mob Lawyer
  • Edison Chen - LSI VP
  • Edward Chalmers Jr. - Mr. Denherder
  • Elisa Schleef - Extra
  • Eric Roberts - Maroni
  • Erik A. Williams - Party Guest
  • Erik Hellman - Junkie
  • Ernest Pierce - Shotgun Swat
  • Erron Jay - Prisoner
  • Essa Zahir - Prisoner On Boat
  • Fritzi Jane Courtney - Mrs. Taft
  • Gary Oldman - Gordon
  • Gary Ryder - Man on Boulevard
  • Gene Fojtik - Pedestrian
  • Gertrude Kyles - Fox's Secretary
  • Grahame Edwards - Prisoner
  • Greg Schweiner - Assistant D.A.
  • Greg(ory) Beam - Drug Buyer
  • Hannah Gunn - Gordon's Daughter
  • Heath Ledger - Joker
  • Helene Wilson - Mother
  • Henry Milton Chu - Lau Henchman
  • Ian Pirie - Corrections Officer
  • Ivan Lovegren - Wayne Party Guest
  • J.R. Martino - Firefighter / Gotham Citizen
  • James Farruggio - Man No. 1
  • James Fierro - Thug at Party
  • James Mellor - Ferry Passanger
  • James Scales - Guardsman
  • Jan Seybold - Secretary to D.A. Harvey Dent
  • January Stern - Wayne Penthouse Party Guest
  • Jason Frederick - Wayne Penthouse Party Guest
  • Jay Mello - Sean Brody
  • Jeff Albertson - National Guard / Gotham Police
  • Jeffrey (C.) Kramer - Hendricks
  • Jeffrey Voorhees - Alex Kintner
  • Jennifer Knox - Female Guest
  • Jessica Cooper - Hospital Patient
  • Joe Nelson - Police Officer
  • John Bahr - Beach Guitarist
  • John Hoving - Bank Vault Manager
  • John Snowden - Detective
  • John Thurner - Wayne Penthouse Party Guest
  • John Turk - Chechen Bodyguard
  • John Warman - Gotham City Detective
  • Jon Lee Brody - Waiter
  • Jonathan Filley - Cassidy
  • Jonathan Macchi - Wayne Penthouse Party Guest
  • Jonathan Ryland - Passenger Ferry Pilot
  • Jordon Hodges - Gotham City Police
  • Joseph Lazicki - Wayne Manor Party Guest
  • Joseph Luis Caballero - Cop Heckler
  • Joseph Mazurk - Court Bailiff / Parade Policeman
  • Joshua Harto - Reese
  • Joshua Rollins - SWAT Sniper
  • K. Todd Freeman - Polk
  • Keith Kupferer - Heckler
  • Keith Szarabajka - Stephens
  • Kelli Clevenger - Paramedic
  • Kevin Zaideman - Party Staff
  • Krista McEnany - Party Guest
  • Lanny Lutz - Bartender
  • Lateef Lovejoy - Prisoner
  • Laura Chernicky - Party Guest
  • Lee Fierro - Mrs. Kintner
  • Libby Regnier - Party Guest
  • Lisa McAllister - Passenger
  • Lisa Wolf - Business Woman
  • Lorea Solabarrieta - Secretary
  • Lorna Gayle - Passenger
  • Lorraine Gary - Ellen Brody
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal - Rachel
  • Marc Radzi - Wayne Penthouse Party Guest
  • Marisol Giraud - Wayne Penthouse Party Guest
  • Maritza Cabrera - Wayne Penthouse Party Guest
  • Mark Keiser - Business Man / Crime Scene Witness
  • Martin Ballantyne - Joker's Henchman
  • Matt Cho - Lau Henchman
  • Matt Rippy - First Mate
  • Matt Shallenberger - Berg
  • Matthew Leitch - Prisoner on Ferry
  • Matthew O'Neill - Chuckles
  • Matthew W. Allen - Civilian
  • Melinda McGraw - Barbara Gordon
  • Michael Andrew Gorman - Cop at Hospital
  • Michael Caine - Alfred
  • Michael Corey Foster - Honor Guard Leader
  • Michael Jai White - Gambol
  • Michael Kuster - Wayne Penthouse Party Guest
  • Michael Stoyanov - Dopey
  • Michael Vieau - Rossi
  • Michelle Shields - Angry Hospital Relative
  • Mike Bach - Board Room Member
  • Mike Haydn - Bonfire Guitarist
  • Mike Whyte - Gotham Police Officer
  • Monique Gabriela Curnen - Ramirez
  • Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox
  • Murray Hamilton - Mayor Larry Vaughn
  • Nancy Crane - Nurse
  • Natalie Hallam - Ferry Passenger
  • Nathan Gamble - James Gordon
  • Nestor Carbonell - Mayor
  • Nicky Katt - Shotgun SWAT
  • Nigel Carrington - Warden
  • Noelle Lynn - Pedestrian
  • Nydia Rodriguez Terracina - Judge Surrillo
  • Olumiji Olawumi - Drug Dealer
  • Patrick Clear - Judge Freel
  • Patrick Leahy - Gentleman at Party
  • Paul Birchard - Cop with Fat Thug
  • Paul Goulart - Clarinet Player in Music Store
  • Peggy Scott - Polly
  • Peter Benchley - Interviewer
  • Peter Brooke - Passenger
  • Peter Defaria - Civilian
  • Peter Rnic - Prisoner
  • Philip Bulcock - Murphy
  • Ramses Jimenez - National Guard
  • Reese Foster - Party Guest
  • Richard Dillane - Acting Commissioner
  • Richard Divizio - Chechen Gangster
  • Richard Dreyfuss - Matt Hooper
  • Richard Strobel - Detective
  • Ritchie Coster - Chechen
  • Robert Carroll - Mr. Polk
  • Robert Chambers - Charlie
  • Robert Patrick Stern - Extra
  • Robert Shaw - Sam Quint
  • Robert Stone - Resident of Gotham Department of Corrections
  • Roger Monk - Prisoner
  • Ron Dean - Wuertz
  • Ronan Summers - Prisoner
  • Rory Plante - Evacuating Hospital Patient
  • Roy Scheider - Chief Martin Brody
  • Sal Ozbay - Gang Member
  • Sam Derence - Male Guest
  • Sara Ritz - Ballerina
  • Sarah Jayne Dunn - Maroni's Mistress
  • Scott Ganyo - EMT
  • Sharlene Grover - Party Guest
  • Shirin Caiola - Girl with Glass at Bruce Wayne's Party
  • Sofiya Smirnova - Evacuee
  • Sophia Hinshelwood - Reporter
  • Stephen Armourae - Ferry Prisoner
  • Stephen Modell - Prisoner
  • Steven Spielberg - Amity Point Lifestation Worker (voice)
  • Susan Backlinie - Christine 'Chrissie' Watkins
  • Ted Grossman - Estuary Victim
  • Thomas Gaitsch - Reporter #3
  • Thomas Kosik - Parade Police Officer
  • Tim Glanfield - Hostage
  • Tim Krueger - Assistant DA
  • Tom McComas - Helicopter SWAT Sniper
  • Tom McElroy - Man No. 2
  • Tom Townsend - Gotham Cop
  • Tommy 'Tiny' (Tiny) Lister - Tattooed Prisoner
  • Tommy Bartlett - Maroni Defense Attorney
  • Tommy Campbell - Passenger
  • Tony Domino - Press Conference Heckler
  • Tracy L. Aldaz - Emergency Medical Technician
  • Tristan Tait - Uniform Cop
  • Vincent Riotta - Cop at 250 52nd St.
  • Vincenzo Nicoli - Crime Boss
  • Vivek Shah - Middle Eastern Bank Hostage
  • Wai Wong - Hong Kong Detective
  • Walter Lewis - Medic
  • Wayne Baker - Loading Dock Supervisor
  • Will Jones - High Ranking Officer
  • Will Zahrn - Assistant DA
  • William Armstrong - Evans
  • William Fichtner - Bank Manager
  • William Smillie - Happy
  • Winston Ellis - Gambol's Bodyguard
  • Christopher Nolan - Director
  • Steven Spielberg - Director
  • Bob Kane - (characters)
  • Carl Gottlieb - (screenplay)
  • Christopher Nolan - (screenplay)
  • Christopher Nolan - (story)
  • David S. Goyer - (story)
  • Howard Sackler - Indianapolis monologue
  • John Milius - Indianapolis monologue
  • Jonathan Nolan - (screenplay)
  • Peter Benchley - (screenplay)
  • Peter Benchley - (novel)
  • Robert Shaw - Indianapolis monologue
  • Hans Zimmer - Composer
  • James Newton Howard - Composer
  • John Williams - Composer
  • Benjamin Melniker - executive producer
  • Charles Roven - producer
  • Christopher Nolan - producer
  • David Brown - producer

  • Spanish Ladies / Traditional English shanty / Performed by Robert Shaw
  • I Honestly Love You / Composed by Peter Allen / Lyrics by Jeff Barry
  • Show Me The Way To Go Home / Written by Irving King / Performed by Robert Shaw Roy Scheider
  • Andante from String Quartet in a minor D 804 Rosamunde / 1824 / Written by Franz
  • 4 A Moment of Silence / 1998 / Written by Masayuki Nakano and Michiyuki Kawashima
  • Scatterin Monkey / 1998 / Written by Masayuki Nakano and Michiyuki Kawashima
  • Balmoral / Performed by The Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department /

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IGN - The inspiration for the Joker
Inquirer - Christian Bale hanging up his Cape
Marie Claire - Costumes from century of film go on show
New York Times - Ledger describes the Joker