The follow-up to the action hit "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight"
reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role
of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and the committed new District
Attorney, Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham
City for good. The triumvirate initially proves to be effective, but they soon find
themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who
thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces The Dark Knight ever closer to crossing
the fine line between hero and vigilante.
Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger ("Brokeback Mountain") portrays
arch-villain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays District Attorney Harvey Dent.
Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast in the role of Rachel Dawes. Returning from
"Batman Begins" are Gary Oldman as Lieutenant Jim Gordon; Oscar winner
Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") as Alfred; and Oscar winner Morgan
Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") as Lucius Fox.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a
Syncopy Production, a Christopher Nolan film, "The Dark Knight." Nolan directed
the film from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan,
story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas
and Christopher Nolan are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E.
Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers. "The
Dark Knight" is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by
DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes two-time Oscar-nominated
director of photography Wally Pfister ("The Prestige," "Batman Begins"), Oscar-
nominated production designer Nathan Crowley ("The Prestige"),