Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight was released in 2008 to profound critical and financial success (it grossed over one billion dollars at the box office). Written by Christopher and his brother Jonathan, the film tells the story of the rampant corruption and crime that occurs in Gotham city and the meteoric rise of the Joker, a crazed yet ingenious criminal who is taking the city by storm. As the title implies, Batman is tasked with putting an end to the rampant corruption within the city The film chronicles this, as well as the the man behind the mask -- Bruce Wayne -- as he struggles to cope with balancing his life as Batman with his personal life. Simultaneously, it the rise of district attorney Harvey Dent and his fall to the villainous Two Face.
Really, The Dark Knight is a deep, philosophical character study masquerading as a thrilling action film.
The film stars Christian Bale as the titular Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Heath Ledger in his star-making performance as the Joker, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two Face. For his turn as the Joker, Ledger was nominated -- and won -- a posthumous Oscar which his family accepted on his behalf. A crowd-pleaser, The Dark Knight will be certainly be remembered among the finest films of the 2000's -- perhaps among the finest films ever made. Sums up review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, where the film has a 94% critic and audience score: "Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga." Nominated for eight Oscars and winning two awards (among the nominations was not Best Picture;), the Dark Knight is a great superhero film, worthy of every accolade it received.