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​The Dark Knight Is Still The Highest Rated Superhero Film Of All Time

​The Dark Knight Is Still The Highest Rated Superhero Film Of All Time

Despite being released a whopping 11 years ago, 2008's iconic Batman flick The Dark Knight is still the highest rated superhero film on IMDb.

The second film in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, it was released as a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins, and saw Christian Bale reprise his role as the caped crusader alongside the likes of Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman.

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Most notably, The Dark Knight introduced actor Heath Ledger to the franchise, where he was able to give a career-defining performance as The Joker - just before his untimely death mere months before the film was released.

Heath Ledger as The Joker. Credit: Warner Bros
Heath Ledger as The Joker. Credit: Warner Bros

Many people have been remembering the film, marking the 11th anniversary of its release on Twitter to celebrate its lasting legacy.

One person tweeted: "Eleven years ago today, we were blessed with not just the best superhero movie - but one of the greatest films of all time. There has never been a better Joker, Batman, Two-Face, & even Lt. Gordon in DC's cinematic history. Happy birthday to the best sequel ever, THE DARK KNIGHT!!"

Someone else wrote: "11 years later and THE DARK KNIGHT is still one of my favorite movie-going experiences."

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Another said: "The Dark Knight is 11 years old and it's still one of the greatest movies I've ever seen."

A third wrote: "The Dark Knight s**** all over any Marvel film. Not just the best superhero film ever, but one of the best films ever!"

While the film is often praised for various elements - Bale's dark and brooding Bruce Wayne, its high-speed convoy scene, to name just a few - there was one thing on most people's lips as they left cinemas in 2008: Heath Ledger's Joker.

The role proved so momentous that he was even awarded the Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actor that year - tragically, a posthumous accolade, as he'd died after suffering accidental intoxication from prescription drugs.

In order to effectively convey the warped psyche of the character, Ledger had prepared extensively, even exiling himself from social interactions in order to develop a disturbing mindset.

In the documentary, Too Young To Die, Heath's dad, Kim, said: "He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He galvanised the upcoming character.

"That was typical of Heath. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch."

Still, some 11 years later and both the film and Ledger's performance have proved unstoppable - having been released in the same year that Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe properly kicked off with Iron Man... I mean, if the MCU can't knock something off the top spot after all this time, then let's face it, what the hell can?

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, The Dark Knight, Batman

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel (yeah, yeah, I know) and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

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