Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) is considered one of, if the best, comic book movie of all-time, and because of this, even after all these years, people are constantly producing deep-dive pieces, trying dissect what makes it such a masterpiece. Of course, many of those pieces tend to focus on Heath Ledger's brilliant take on The Joker, a performance that earned the late-actor a posthumous Academy Award.
In the newest episode of Movies with Mikey, Mikey Neumann makes the argument that The Joker is actually the hero of the film, pointing out that Batman and the pre-Two-Face Harvey Dent make morally questionable decisions in their pursuit of justice.
"Pull Batman's whiny metal ass out of the picture for a moment and look at the story entirely from Mr. J's perspective," Neumann begins. "Let's see: His targets include a bank full of criminal's money, he uses other warped criminals to rob and dispose of said criminals before he makes off with the cash. He walks right into a meeting of people he just robbed to explain that he's going to steal half of their remaining money in exchange for doing something he has no intention of doing...ever. He interrupts the party of wealthy Gotham elite — they represent the corruption to both Bruce and Harvey seem to have no trouble schmoozing with. You could make the case that The Joker is just a misguided anti-establishment wackadoo with impeccable taste and textiles, but I can make a similar case that whenever Bruce drops the fake ass pretty boy sh-t, he's just a dude that attempts to steal the girlfriend of the man he is literally in the middle of throwing a fundraiser for, which is a pretty garbage movie."
Christian Bale once again embodies the man behind the mask in The Dark Knight. The film reunites Bale with Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman has been making headway against local crime—until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (the late Heath Ledger in his Oscar-winning role) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace—Batman's most personal and vicious enemy yet—he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes.
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