3. The Dark Knight
Previous comic book project: Batman Begins
"“It’s not about money, it’s about sending a message. Everything burns.” – The Joker"
The Dark Knight featured the best villain of all time. We’re not just talking about in a comic book movie; Heath Ledger showed the world what evil truly looked like with his portrayal of The Joker. He was terrifying, skilled, and methodical on a level that fans have not seen in a comic book film or show. The randomness of his actions, the luck that helped him with his crimes, and how he manipulated people are only three of the things that made him the perfect villain. Perhaps the biggest thing that made him so memorable was the delivery of his lines. “Why so serious” and “Wanna know how I got these scars?” are quotes that will live on forever.
The Dark Knight is an exceptional movie. Part of the reason it wasn’t ranked in the top two spots is due to the lack of star-power from Batman himself. The Dark Knight should have been more striking in a movie named after him. Instead, everyone else around him was arguably better. Gary Oldman’s Commissioner Jim Gordon may have been the second best character in the movie. He’s followed by Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne (not the same as Batman) and then Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
There were also occasional moments of the movie that seemed to drag a little. However, that could just be that The Joker’s moments were too good to be followed. Sometimes it’s impossible to go after something that good. That said, there were scenes that just weren’t as strong. This happened more times than it should have for a movie that’s received so well.