The Dark Knight ( 2008)

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“Why so se­ri­ous?” growled Heath Ledger’s Joker in this mid­dle en­try of Christo­pher Nolan’s Bat tril­ogy, de­liv­er­ing a per­for­mance so mas­ter­ful he wiped the floor with Jack Ni­chol­son’s “defin­ing” ear­lier por­trayal. More bom­bas­tic than Bat­man Be­gins, more pur­pose­ful than The Dark Knight Rises, TDK was a defin­ing mo­ment for “re­al­is­tic” comic­book movies. Ser­pen­tine, dark as hell ( but funny, too), it set the bar for comic adaps there­after. Few have come close since.

Scar­lett Jo­hans­son: white van woman.

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