Has there been a more-anticipated comic book movie than this one? Everything about it looks fantastic, from the performances of Christian Bale and Heath Ledger to the storyline involving The Joker and Harvey Dent/Two-Face and the costumes, setting … just, wow.
The “X-Men” series did well, as did “Spider-Man” and the first few entries in the “Batman” series (perhaps because many of the characters in these films were conflicted heroes, people with whom the general public could relate). But this one may take the cake. I wouldn’t be surprised to see “The Dark Knight” become a top-five all-time grosser at the box office.
And while it’s way too early to say, Ledger’s looking like he may get a posthumous Academy Award nomination based on his work in the trailers (and, if this is possible, put Jack Nicholson’s excellent performance of The Joker in the original “Batman” to shame). His look is frightening, his demeanor is truly psychopathic and that doesn’t even sound like he exists anywhere underneath that frazzled, demonic voice he created for the character.