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        The Dark Knight (2008)

        PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 July 2008 (USA)
        0:32 | Trailer
        When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.


        Christopher Nolan


        Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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        Who Almost Played the Dark Knight?

        It's tough to picture anyone other than Christian Bale as Batman in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, but plenty of other actors were considered. See who they were.

        Who did Bale beat for Batman?

        Top Rated Movies #4 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 152 wins & 155 nominations. See more awards »



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        Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


        Out of the darkness...comes the Knight. See more »

        Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

        Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace | See all certifications »

        Parents Guide:

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        Official Facebook | Why So Serious


        USA | UK


        English | Mandarin

        Release Date:

        18 July 2008 (USA) See more »

        Also Known As:

        Batman - El caballero de la noche See more »


        Box Office


        $185,000,000 (estimated)

        Opening Weekend USA:

        $158,411,483, 20 July 2008, Wide Release

        Gross USA:

        $534,858,444, 19 July 2012

        Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

        $1,004,558,444, 19 July 2012
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        Technical Specs


        Sound Mix:

        Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS | IMAX 6-Track


        Color (Technicolor)

        Aspect Ratio:

        2.39 : 1
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        Grumpy: [with Chuckles, picks up Bozo on the street] Three of a kind, let's do this!
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