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The Dark Knight (Batman)

It's no laughing matter.

Overall C+

It's Batman to the rescue again as Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) dons his super hero suit and protects the citizens of Gotham City. This time he is battling the likes of Joker (Heath Ledger) and Two Face (Aaron Eckhart) -- and the crimes of these evildoers are no laughing matter.

Release date July 17, 2008

Violence D
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B-
Substance Use B-

Why is The Dark Knight (Batman) rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Dark Knight (Batman) PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace.

Run Time: 152 minutes

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Why is The Dark Knight (Batman) rated PG-13? The Dark Knight (Batman) is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of violence and some menace.

Perhaps the deepest, darkest Batman yet, this film pits the wealthy philanthropist who is determined to save his city from crime, against one of his iconic enemies—The Joker. While lessons regarding the need to fight corruption are evident, the conflict results in nearly continuous violence and verbal confrontations that are particularly disturbing for a film within the US MPAA PG-13 rating category. Violence includes frequent on-screen shootings (many are innocent bystanders who are gunned down indiscriminately), physical beatings and a man who threatens and assaults men and women (this villain holds a knife to his victims’ heads and discusses mutilating their face with the weapon). The brutality is perhaps made more disturbing through the use of topical terrorist themes and techniques, such as the use of bombs that are detonated to inflict fear and terror (in such places as hospitals and public transit), or implanted within humans. Verbal psychological torture is inflicted, with threats against children and women. There are also a couple of “jump scenes.” Language is limited to a few terms of Christian deity and a few mild profanities. A couple is briefly seen on a sofa, with the implication they were engaged in sexual activity. A scene with women wearing bikinis and a crude sexual term comprise the other sexual content. Social drinking is portrayed and a secondary character is seen smoking.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence
Alberta PG Violence, Frightening Scenes. Not Recommended for Young Children.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended For Young Children, Violence, Frightening Scenes.
Ontario PG Frightening Scenes, Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children
Quebec G Not Recommended for Young Children.
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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News About "The Dark Knight (Batman)"

Cast and Crew

The Dark Knight (Batman) is directed by and stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal,.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Dark Knight (Batman) movie is September 24, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Release Date: 24 September 2013

Warner Brothers releases their trio of Batman movies in one package: The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. Along with a Blu-ray copy of each of the films (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises), the 6-disc set includes these bonus materials:

- Ultraviolet Digital Copies

- Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler

- Newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra’s al Ghul

- 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from the trilogy

- The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy (Ultimate Collector’s Edition exclusive)

- Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation (Ultimate Collector’s Edition exclusive)

Home Video Notes: The Dark Knight Trilogy

Release Date: 4 December 2012

Warner Brothers Studio is releasing all three Batman movies, starring Christian Bale in the title role, in a 5-Disc package. Featured movies include Batman Begins,The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Home Video Notes: The Dark Knight

Release Date: 9 December 2008

The Dark Knight releases to home video with the following extras:

Movie with Focus Points (picture in picture)

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2.40:1 aspect ratio, with IMAX sequences in 1.78:1

Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene: Director Christopher Nolan and creative collaborators unmask the incredible detail and planning behind the film, including stunt staging, filming in IMAX®, and the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod

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Batman Tech: The incredible gadgets and tools (in high-def)

Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight: Delve into the psyche of Bruce Wayne and the world of Batman through real-world psychotherapy (in high-def)

Gotham Tonight: 6 episodes of Gotham Cable’s premier news program

The Galleries: The Joker cards, concept art, poster art, production stills, trailers and TV spots

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Christian Bale resumes the role he played in the movie Batman Begins. This is Heath Ledger’s last film. The actor, who died tragically in January of 2008, also starred in A Knight’s Tale.

Other, less violent portrayals of superheroes can be found in Super Man and Spider-man.

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