And believe me, there is a lot, lot, lot more I could say about this film, but time and word limits got in the way. Plus I think I’d need to see the film a second time to really process it properly.
In the meantime, a few coincidences for your reading pleasure:
Heath Ledger got frisky with Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain (2005). Now, as one critic put it, he “comes on” to Jake’s sister Maggie in The Dark Knight — and thus becomes probably the only actor to have “come on” to both siblings onscreen.
Harvey Dent is played in this film by Aaron Eckhart, and he is dating Rachel Dawes, who is played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. However, in the previous film, Batman Begins (2005), Rachel was played by Katie Holmes … who slept with Aaron Eckhart in Thank You for Smoking (2005). If they hadn’t re-cast the part of Rachel Dawes, those two actors could have had a reunion here!
Finally, I am getting tired of the critics who complain that Two-Face and his coin-tossing are a “pale echo” of Anton Chigurh’s coin-tossing in No Country for Old Men (2007). Have they forgotten that Two-Face was doing this in the comics for years — nay, decades — before anyone had even dreamt of Chigurh? Have they forgotten that Two-Face had already done this on the big screen years ago, when he was played by No Country for Old Men co-star Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever (1995)?
Oh, one last semi-related item: As the MTV Movies Blog noted the other day, there is an awesome trailer for the Watchmen movie playing before The Dark Knight, and it features a song by the Smashing Pumpkins … a version of which first appeared on the soundtrack for Batman & Robin (1997). Quelle coincidence!