The Overview: The Dark Knight

Overthinking It presents its alternative commentary on Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.”

We are pleased to bring you this latest edition of The Overview, our series of alternative commentaries to your favorite movies. You can buy and download the track easily, and when you play it alongside the film, you’ll have the experience of watching a movie with your buddies from the Internet, the Overthinking It writers.

Here at the OTI-dome, we can’t wait for the final installment of the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman trilogy. Who cares whether we can understand a single word Bane says? He’s Tom Hardy, he’s badass, and he’s escaping from a plane. So for this Overview, we chose as our subject The Dark Knight, featuring Heath Ledger’s indelible performance as The Joker—a character whose motives and aims are enigmatic: Though you can understand what he says, can we really understand everything he does? (Want to know how he got these scars?)

With forays into film aesthetics, philosophy, game theory, narrative strategy, and the Batmobile, this is an Overview as dense and richly textured as Nolan’s dystopic cityscape. Get yours today!


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5 Comments on “The Overview: The Dark Knight”

  1. Dale #

    Awesome! One well actually, the aspect ratio is 2.35 not 2.85. It’s almost not worth well actuallying but there is some purposeful use of aspect ratio in the movie, not just the Imax -which only changes in theater- but there’s the shot of the tv when Dent and crew start cleaning up the city and the shark tooth guy is watching and the image is all stretched because it doesn’t match the tv. I don’t think there’s much more to that though. I was gonna try and make a Deleuzian claim that the use of anamorphic lenses vs Imax’s spherical lenses says something about the nature of the State vs nomad, but it doesn’t have enough consistency.

    Anyways, this one was great.


    • Matthew Wrather OTI Staff #

      Thank you! You should win some sort of prize for watching it within one hour of release.


    • Qwil man #

      I remember seeing that stretched-out TV and being so happy. That’s something that happens constantly in the real world and it kills me whenever I see it, which makes it even more obvious when it’s not present at all in film and television, because the people creating things tend to know better.


      • Lee OTI Staff #

        Excellent attention to detail, all. But I’m not sure which scene we’re talking about. Can someone give an approximate time stamp?


        • Dale #

          39:35 abouts.


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