The Dark Knight released on July 18, 2008.
Alfred Pennyworth is Bruce Wayne's loyal father figure and butler. Alfred raised Bruce (and later Dick Grayson) after the death of the Waynes. A former British secret agent, Alfred is a skilled surgeon who often treats members of the Bat-Family.
Post-Crisis, she was first wife of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon and mother of James Gordon Jr. She is also known as Barbara Eileen-Gordon.
The Dark Knight picks up at least a year after the events in Batman Begins. Batman has showed to be a efficient force in Gotham crippling the organized crime with help from his alliance with Gordon. But his presence has caused some negative affects such as Batman imitators as well an appearance by The Joker (played by Heath Ledger who posthumously won an award for his role ) who seeks to taint Batman, the mob, Harvey Dent, and the people of Gotham. Bruce Wayne battles the mob as well as Joker but also feels his mission has a ending and thinks that Harvey Dent can be the man to replace him as Gotham's protector. Bruce Wayne also feels that he could begin a relationship with Rachel Dawes again but it seems unlikely as she is in a romantic relationship with Dent. Soon The Joker begins attacking Dent personally as well as attempts to get Batman to break his vow on not killing criminals. It also has the darkest ending featured in a Batman film with Batman on the run for crimes he did not commit but choosing to not clear his name. The film deals with the themes of escalation as the crime and chaos in Gotham becomes worse with the people of Gotham placing the blame all the actions of the mob and The Joker on Batman making him feel like he himself is harming the city forcing him to make morality questioning decisions. Critics have also found the film as commentary on the real life war on terror as well as decisions made to combat that terror.
Gillian Loeb was the corrupt Commissioner of the Gotham City Police before James Gordon.
James Gordon is one of Batman's first supporters, helping him fight against crime and corruption in Gotham City. He eventually rose to the rank of Commissioner in the Gotham City Police Department, and continues to be one of Batman's greatest allies.
The psychotic and murderous son of the Gotham City police commissioner Jim Gordon and his first wife Barbara Kean, James Gordon Jr. has been a recurring threat to his sister Barbara.
The Joker, Clown Prince of Crime, is Batman's arch-nemesis. An agent of chaos known for his malicious plots, wacky gadgets and insidious smile, he has caused Batman more suffering than any other villain he has ever faced. His origin, name, and true motivations remain a mystery.
Lucius Fox is the current CEO and President of Wayne Enterprises and a sought after businessman all over the corporate world. He is a skilled engineer and has designed many of Batman's gadgets and vehicles.
A longtime friend and love interest of Bruce Wayne.
Sal Maroni (originally named Vincent Moroni) is the mobster who's known for scarring Harvey Dent which transformed him into Two-Face.
Utilizing a fear-inducing gas known as fear toxin, Jonathan Crane preys upon the people of Gotham City as the villainous Scarecrow.
Formerly the D.A. of Gotham City, Harvey Dent was an ally of Batman and Commissioner Gordon until he had acid thrown onto the left side of his face by a mob boss, scarring him for life. The incident drove Harvey insane and he became Two-Face, obsessed with chance and always carrying a double-headed coin, which he flips to determine his every decision.
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