The Dark Knight (2008)
“Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
— Alfred (Michael Caine) offers insight into the motivations of The Joker.
With its epic scale and grand portrayal of good vs. evil, this was the best of all the Batman movies so far, with Heath Ledger’s mysterious Joker offering the kind of anarchic villainy that can’t be explained. The movie ends with the death of the crazed, horribly scarred Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckart), a tragedy for which Batman takes responsibility, rendering him a true outlaw and setting up the franchise for a wrap-up involving an unstoppable killer known as Bane (Tom Hardy) and a reinvented Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).