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Narrative Dark Knight

  1. 1. DARK KNIGHT NARRATIVE THE HEIST The film opens with an aerial shot of Gotham City which rapidly draws closer to the window of an enormous skyscraper which suddenly explodes in a shower of glass. In the subsequent shots, the Joker‟s henchmen prepare to stage an audacious bank heist. THE PARKING GARAGE An aerial shot of Gotham City at night, a column of light flickers reaches for the night sky. The Bat Signal.Nolan cuts to a parking garage where a group of men emerge from an SUV. What ensues is a confusing scene as multiple vigilantes dresses as Batman confront the criminals. THE CRIME SCENE Batman meets Gordon at the bank crime scene. They talk about how someone is hitting Mob banks but leaving behind the marked bills. Batman does not take the threat of the Joker seriously. He is more concerned with taking down the Mob. NOT SLEEPING IN THE PENTHOUSE The following morning, Bruce Wayne is tending to the wounds he sustained the previous evening. The exchange of dialogue between Bruce and his butler Alfred is significant. Alfred show real concern for Bruce and the strain he is placing on himself. Alfred warns Bruce to „know‟ his limits. They also talk about the new district attorney SORRY I’M LATE, FOLKS After the scene establishing the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Alfred, Nolan cuts to a courtroom where Rachel Dawes waits patiently, looking to her right at Mob boss Salvatore Maroni who rocks back and forth impatiently in his chair. This scene is principally used to establish the character of District Attorney Harvey Dent who is late for this trial. When he does show up the witness tries to shot him with a carbon fibre gun.
  2. 2. GOTHAM’S WHITE KNIGHT Dent and Gordan meet in a boardroom and discuss the recent plan to try and bring down the mob. Dent is argry that he has been left out of the loop. He asks to meet Batman and discuss the plan for taking down the mob. Gordon and Dent also talk about the corruption in the police force. LAU Lau makes a presentation to the Wayne Foundation boar. At the end Lucius Fox stands up and says, “Well, Mr. Lau…I speak for the rest of the board…and Mr. Wayne, in expressing our own excitement.” At this point, Nolan cuts to a shot of the board, pulling focus as the board members turn their heads towards Bruce Wayne who is slouched in a chair asleep. Coleman Reese (Joshua Harto) confronts Lucius Fox about the irresponsibility of his employer: “Sir, I know that Mr. Wayne is curious about how his trust fund gets replenished but, frankly, this is embarrassing.” Fox confront Bruce about the board meeting and how Luau is rumoured to be dodgy. Bruce admits that he wanted the deal to get “a closer look at their books.” Bruce also asks Fox to make him another suit. DINNER In the following scene, Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent meet for the first time. During the conversation Dent asserts that the people of Gotham appointed Batman when they let “scum take control” of the city.Bruce offers to host a fund raiser for Dent A MAGIC TRICK In this scene the Joker and the Mob meet for the first time. The Joker offers to solve the problem of the Batman.During this scene, parallel editing is used to show two events happening at the same time. When Lau is explaining he had to move the money to a more secure location, Nolan cuts to a montage of shots as police officers – including Gordon and Ramirez – storm the Bank of Gotham. As they enter the bank, Nolan cuts back to Lau who continues explaining why they would have to move the money.. ROOFTOP MEETING This scene begins with an aerial shot of Gotham City at night. The Bat Signal reaches towards the clouds. Dent and Gordon meet and discuss the issue of Lau who has fled to Hong Kong but the real
  3. 3. reson behind the meeting is for Dent to meet Batman. Dent asks Batman to get Lau back on American soil SHOULD DO FINE AGAINST CATS Bruce and Foxmeet to discuss plan for getting Lau and the new suit the Fox has designed for Batman. After the scene during which Lucius Fox and Bruce Wayne discuss the skyhook, Nolan cuts to a scene with Alfred and Wayne finalising the plans. “Did you think of an alibi?” Bruce asks his butler. “Oh yes,” Alfred replies. Nolan cuts to a shot of Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent, dressed in formal attire prepared for the ballet. There is a large sign plastered across the front of the building: PERFORMANCE CANCELLED. As Batman prepares to capture Lau, Nolan cuts to Gambol receiving news that The Joker is dead. Men have brought a body bag supposedly with the Joker in it. The Joker springs to life. and seizes Gambol and holds a hunting knife to his mouth. We heard the first story of how the Joker got his scars EXTRACTING LAU The scene opens with an aerial shot of Hong Kong. A helicopter flies into frame. Nolan cuts to a tighter shot of a roof as Lucius Fox walks off the helipad and is greeted by one of Lau‟s men: “Welcome to Hong Kong, Mr. Fox. Mr. Lau regrets he is unable to greet you in person today.” In the next shot, Lucius checks into security. Shortly after that, he is seated on a balcony meeting with Lau and tells him the Wayne Enterprises will not be doing business with him. Fox leaves behind his mobile phone. We cut toan aerial shot of Batman standing high above the Hong Kong skyline. We see Batman capture Lau and the scene ends with Lau outside the police station with a large piece of paper taped to his chest which reads, “Please Deliver To – LIEUTENANT GORDON.” STRIKING A DEAL This scene largely consists of dialogue as Rachel Dawes attempts to strike a deal with Lau to bring charges against organised crime in Gotham City. A deal is made where Lau will provide them with information to get the mob. After the scene ends, Nolan cuts to a midshot of one of The Chechin as he says, “Put word out. We hire the clown. He was right. We have to fix real problem. Batman.” At that moment, Nolan cuts to a midshotof Gordon as he enters the room. The camera tilts down to show a stream of uniformed police officers entering the building and we see a montage of the mob being arrested, taken into custody and finally ending up in court. The judge finds a Joker card in her files.
  4. 4. WE DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID OF SCUM LIKE YOU There is a discussion between Dent and the Mayor Anthony Garcia where they talk about what has happened in the court house. It is interrupted as the body of a masked vigilante, who has been imitating Batman slams against the office window.. Nolan cuts to several midshots of uniformed police officers and Lieutenant Gordon as the body is lowered to the street. A close-up reveals that it is one of the men who attempted to aid Batman at the beginning of the film. An extreme close-up shows a Joker card pinned to the front of his suit which reads, “WILL THE REAL BATMAN PLEASE STAND UP?” Thereis subsequent news story, which shows footage of The Joker taunting his victim shortly before death . I BELIEVE IN HARVEY DENT During the fund raising party for Harvey Dent, Bruce Wayne enters and makes a speech in honour of the district attorney and what he has achieved: This scene is intercut with scenes of the police taking the Judge into protective custody, and the Mayor being poisoned. The Joker gate-crashes the party and we hear the second scar story. Batman rushes in and saves the day but the Joker gets away. After the murder of Commissioner Loeb and Judge Surrillo, Harvey Dent returns to ensure that Lau will testify in open court. Bruce Wayne and Alfred discuss The Joker. FINGERPRINTS FROM A SHATTERED BULLET At the beginning of this scene, diegetic sound is used to convey that Batman is listening to a police scanner. An aerial shot of Gotham City dollies in towards Batman standing on top of a skyscraper. The soundtrack is filled with the garbled sound of police radios. As the camera draws closer to The Batman, the audience notices that he is standing with one hand on his ear, listening to the voices. One voice rises above the cacophony: “…you‟ll find Harvey Dent there.” Nolan cuts to a street where Gordon and a group of uniformed police officers emerge from a police cruiser. Cutting to an interior shot of the building, Gordon kicks open a door. The discovery of two bodies, extreme close-ups showing their identification, identifies the next two victims of The Joker‟s rampage: Harvey Dent and Commissioner Garcia. Nolan uses a montage to show the process of Bruce Wayne and Alfred attempting to find fingerprints from a shattered bullet at the scene: first, the audience sees a series of shots as Alfred loads bullets into a cartridge, firing them into several pieces of concrete; Nolan then cuts to a close-up as a mechanical device scans one of the bricks; another shot shows a computer monitor analysing the shattered bullet. This sequence of shots takes a complex procedure and condenses it into a few seconds of screen time.
  5. 5. BLACKMAIL Coleman Reece confronts Fox about the real identity of the Batman. After an unsuccessful attempt to blackmail his employer, the audience is left uncertain of what Reece will do next. THE PARADE This scene opens with an aerial shot of Gotham City during the day. A parade of police officers marches down the street. Nolan cuts to the temporary Bat Cave where Alfred and Wayne trace the fingerprint which will lead Wayne to an apartment building above the memorial parade. Nolan cuts several times to shots of the parade showing uniformed police officers marching through the street. To build tension, Nolan cuts back to Bruce Wayne as his motorcycle speeds dangerously through congested city streets. The camera tracks Bruce Wayne as he approaches the door to the apartment. A point-of-view shot shows the apartment number: 1502. As Mayor Garcia begins his speech, Nolan cuts to several shots of the crowd. Bruce enters the apartment and finds several men bound and gagged. It is the policeBruce approaches the apartment window, the blind whips open, Nolan cuts to the snipers who spin towards the window and fire, momentarily distracted. As the bullets ricochet through the apartment, Nolan cuts to a shot of the honour brigade, revealing The Joker in a police uniform. The entire honour guard spins simultaneously towards the Mayor. In a rapid sequence of shots, Gordon tackles the major to the ground, the men fire and Gordon is shot in the back. Harvey Dent approaches one of the ambulances and interrogating the captured henchman. He ends up kidnapping him as he realises that there is a threat to Rachel. We see Gordon‟s family finding out he is dead. As Batman searches for The Joker, Dent is concerned that Rachel is going to be The Joker‟s next target. Cutting back to police headquarters, Nolan shows a telephone conversation between Rachel and Harvey. Meanwhile, Batman is interrogating Maroni which leds him to where Dent is with the henchman. Batman stops Dent and asks him to call a press conference for the next day. Bruce and Rachel talk in the penthouse. They talk about how they cannot be together while Bruce is Batman. In the next scene we see Alfred and Bruce „packing up‟ the „Bat Cave‟ . THE PRESS CONFERENCE At the press conference Dent declares that he is the batman and is arrested. Rachel, watching in the Penthouse is very disappointed the Bruce did not confess. Alfred explains why Bruce didn‟t turn himself in. Rachel gives Alfred a letter she has written for Bruce. We then seen Rachel talking to Dent and he gives her his lucky coin. There is then an extended action sequence as the police try to take Dent to jail and they are pursued by the Joker and Batman. In the end the Joker is caught and we learn that Gordon is still alive
  6. 6. YOU’LL HAVE TO CHOOSE With The Joker in police custody, one of the officers goes through his possessions, laying out a sinister collection of knives on a table. Another henchman is thrown into the holding cell. He is doubled over, clutching his stomach. The conversation between The Joker and Commissioner Gordon is used to establish an important event in the narrative: the abduction of Harvey Dent and Rachel Dawes.As Gordon leaves the interrogation room, lighting is used to reveal the presence of Batman who continues the interrogation. As the scene progresses, parallel editing is used to show four things occurring at once: The Joker baiting Detective Stephens, Batman speeding towards the warehouse, Harvey Dent and Rachel trying to escape their restraints. In the end Rachel is killed as the Joker lied about who was where and Batman is sent to Dent. Back in the police station a bomb is exploded and the Joker escapes with Lau – his plan all along. After Rachel death, Alfred reads the letter he was given and chooses not to give it to Bruce. Bruce and Alfred talk about the Joker and how Alfred solved the problem in Burma – burning down the forrest. We cut to see Dent in hospital with Gordon. In a brief cutaway to a news broadcast, Nolan picks up the continuing storyline of Coleman Reece who is going to reveal the identity of Batman live on TV. A BETTER CLASS OF CRIMINAL The sequence begins with a conversation between The Joker and The Chechen as the joker shows that he has Lau and burns his share of the money. During this scene, Nolan cuts back and forth between The Joker and the television interview with Coleman Reece. At one point the Joker rings the news story and says that if Reece is not killed in the next hour he will blow up a hospital. Gordon and Bruce Wayne attempt to save Coleman Reece. The Joker pays a visit to Dent/Two Face in hospital. The Joker blows up the hospital and jumps onto a bus fill of people. CONSIDER THIS MY RESIGNATION The Joker reveals his evil plan to get the people of Gotham involved in his „game‟ and warns them that this city is his and they should leave„Come nightfall, this city is mine. And anyone left here plays by my rules. If you don „twanna be in the game, get out now. Get out now. But the bridge-and-tunnel crowd are sure in for a surprise. Ha-ha, ha-ha.” At the same time, Bruce Wayne reveals that he has had the entire R&D team working on a new sonar system based on the device that Fox created, allowing them to survey the entire city. Fox does not like this and offers his resignation
  7. 7. CAN’T HURT YOUR CHANCES… Continuing to avenge Rachel‟s death, Two Face confronts Moroni and shoots him. He has already killed one policeman in a bar. We then cut to the scene on the ferries where two ferries have to decide if they are going to blow each other up. Batman, using his sonar device locates the Joker and rushes to confront him Ramirez calls Barbara Gordon and implores her to head to a secret location. This event sets up the final confrontation between Two Face and Batman. . TWO MINUTES After an altercation with Gordon who insists they have to take out the masked gunmen standing in the windows of Prewitt Building, Batman leaps off the building and wrestles one of the men to the ground. The eyes of Batman‟s suit suddenly become illuminated as he says, “Fox I need picture.” After a brief cutaway to Gordon who receives a desperate call from his wife, Nolan cuts to a midshot of Lucius studying the screens. Batman attempts to rescue the hostages and capture The Joker, Gordon receives a desperate call from his wife who has been captured by Two Face and the prisoners on the boat vote on whether they will use the detonators. Nolan cuts between each of these different storyline to engage the audience. AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE MEETS AN IMMOVEABLE OBJECT Batman and The Joker confront each other in the abandoned building. This storyline in the narrative is resolved with a sustained shot of The Joker hanging helplessly. Nolan cuts between The Joker and close-ups of the SWAT team with their guns trained on him. THE WORLD IS CRUEL The resolution of the storyline involving Harvey “Two Face” Dent and his quest for revenge is largely resolved through dialogue as the deranged former District Attorney taunts Commissioner Gordon, threatening to kill his family in the final scene of the film. Batman arrives in time to save the day but Dent is killed. Batman decides to take the fall for Harvey Dent‟s crimes. He runs and is pursued by the police Nolan cuts back to a shot of Alfred burning Rachel‟s letter, to Lucius Fox as he types in his name and destroys the sonar device, and forward in time to Commissioner Gordon delivering Harvey Dent‟s eulogy. This use of editing allows each of the storylines in the narrative to be resolved.