The Dark Knight: All About Escalation

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In an interview with MTV News, director Christopher Nolan says fans should expect a whole lot from The Dark Knight.

"In this case, literally, we were able to directly carry on and explore the idea that Gary Oldman brings up at the end of Batman Begins, which is the idea of escalation," said Nolan. "We have seen the rise of Batman, we have seen his rise to power, now what are the criminals going to do? How are they going to fight that? That's the jumping off point for this film, and we just ran with it as far as we could."

Batman, The Joker

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The Dark Knight Quotes

Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.

Lt. James Gordon

I had a vision, of a world without Batman. The mob ground out a little profit and the police tried to shut them down, one block at a time. And it was so... boring. I've had a change of heart. I don't want Mr.Reese spoiling everything, but why should I have all the fun? Let's give someone else a chance. If Coleman Reese isn't dead in sixty minutes then I blow up a hospital.

The Joker