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The Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan Nolan admits even he wasn't sure about Heath Ledger as The Joker

<i>The Dark Knight</i> turns 10 years old this month, and so fans, critics, and filmmakers alike have all spent at least a little time revisiting one of the …

Black Lightning

A definitive timeline of how The Dark Knight changed everything

<b>"You've changed things."</b><p>Those words, uttered by the late Heath Ledger in his incendiary performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's <i>The Dark …

Comic Books

A 25-Foot Jeff Goldblum Statue Appears in London

A massive statue has popped up on the banks of the River Thames by London’s Tower Bridge to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Jurassic Park” — and, …

Jurassic Park

The Dark Knight: How Heath Ledger’s Joker Was Born

When The Dark Knight was released in the U.S. on July 18, 2008, it was immediately clear that not only had director Christopher Nolan elevated the …

The Dark Knight

The Nolan brothers’ obsession with mystery brought The Dark Knight’s Batman back to his roots

The World’s Greatest Detective rises<p>Take a screenwriting course in the United Kingdom and you’ll come across a term known as “Tom Hanks Intelligent”. Tom Hanks Intelligent (THI) is the idea your hero should be “exactly as smart enough to get out of a situation they were stupid enough to get into”. …

Tom Hanks

There are two faces to The Dark Knight’s music, and one is always overlooked

What Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard brought to the Batman score<p>Music is the most crucial, cohesive element in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The score for each film sets the tone: <i>Batman Begins</i> is more operatic, in keeping with its more comic book-esque story and aesthetic; <i>The Dark</i> …

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight truck flip was peak superhero stunt work

Yes, there was really a guy driving that 18-wheeler<p><i>On the occasion of</i> The Dark Knight’s <i>10th anniversary, Polygon is spending the week</i> <i>investigating the comic-book blockbuster’s legacy</i><i>. Why so serious? Because Christopher Nolan’s Bat-sequel gave us lots to talk about. This is the retrospective you</i> …

Comic Books

The Joker hospital scene is the chaotic brain of The Dark Knight script

‘I’m an agent of chaos’<p><i>On the occasion of</i> The Dark Knight’s <i>10th anniversary, Polygon is spending the week</i> <i>investigating the comic-book blockbuster’s legacy</i><i>. Why so serious? Because Christopher Nolan’s Bat-sequel gave us lots to talk about. This is the retrospective you deserve</i> and <i>the one you need</i> …

Comic Books

10 Years After Its Release, ‘The Dark Knight’ Has Never Been More Relevant

How Heath Ledger's Joker predicted internet trolls.<p><i>The Dark Knight</i> doesn’t feel like a 10-year-old movie.<p>Plenty of 2008 releases feel that aged. <i>27</i> …

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger’s Death May Have Contributed To Gambol’s Strange Exit In ‘The Dark Knight’

It’s <i>The Dark Knight</i>‘s tenth anniversary, and you’d think there’d be nothing more to learn about the Batman tale, as extensively considered and picked over as it is. But there’s a surprising bit veteran action star Michael Jai White revealed recently, that his character, Gambol, had a bigger role in …

Heath Ledger

The Dark Knight, 10 years later - Polygon

On paper, <i>The Dark Knight</i> wasn’t a hit. Christopher Nolan’s 2005 reboot <i>Batman Begins</i> underperformed at the box office. Though bolstered by the iconic history between Batman and The Joker, Nolan’s approach to the sequel was to turn an emerging heartthrob into an anarchical demon, and dropping him …

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight, The Wire, and the poisonous effect of corruption

What Harvey Dent and Tommy Carcetti prove about being a ‘good guy’ in a corrupt system<p><i>On the occasion of</i> The Dark Knight’s <i>10th anniversary, Polygon is spending the week</i> <i>investigating the comic-book blockbuster’s legacy</i><i>. Why so serious? Because Christopher Nolan’s Bat-sequel gave us lots to talk</i> …

Comic Books

A semi-definitive list of people we do not want to fight

Jon and Spencer list the people they do not want to fight.<p>Jon: MIRKO CRO COP<p>Mirko Cro Cop was not the best mixed martial artist who ever lived; were I approaching this accordingly, I’d opt for someone like Anderson Silva. Relatively speaking, that would be a blessing: I’d take a kick to the head, …

Martial Arts

Christian Bale’s infamous Dark Knight voice was the only option

When we talk about Batman, we talk about physicality<p><i>On the occasion of</i> The Dark Knight’s <i>10th anniversary, Polygon is spending the week investigating</i> <i>the comic-book blockbuster’s legacy</i><i>. Why so serious? Because Christopher Nolan’s Bat-sequel gave us lots to talk about. This is the retrospective you</i> …

Mark Hamill

The Dark Knight’s IMAX bank heist was a reverse revolution

Christopher Nolan’s large-format obsession wowed audiences and his contemporaries — no glasses required<p><i>On the occasion of</i> The Dark Knight’s <i>10th anniversary, Polygon is</i> <i>spending the week investigating the comic-book blockbuster’s legacy</i><i>. Why so serious? Because Christopher Nolan’s Bat-sequel gave us</i> …

Comic Books

Found: Stanley Kubrick’s Lost Screenplay, ‘Burning Secret’

A script co-written by Stanley Kubrick has been found by a British film academic who was researching the legendary director’s last picture, “Eyes …

Stanley Kubrick

The Battle for the Best Movie Trailer Since 1990

What’s the most you ever lost watching a movie trailer? Simply in time-spent terms, I have probably viewed the <i>No Country for Old Men</i> trailer more …

Movies

This Infographic Shows the Terrifying Size of Disney’s Media Empire

The Walt Disney Company is one of the world’s biggest media conglomerates. It’s not only responsible for creating some of the most-loved cartoon …

Walt Disney Company

The Story Behind Why Soccer Players Sit In Race Car Seats

While watching the FIFA World Cup a few weeks ago, my boss noticed players sitting in race car seats, and ordered me to figure out why. So I reached …

Soccer

To combat extreme heat, cover your roof in hungry, sweaty plants

Green roofs and white paints are a heat-buster's best friends.<p>Like hot dogs on Memorial Day or fireworks on the Fourth of July, melting roads are now an essential marker of summertime. In 2013, police closed parts of the M25 highway, which encircles the city of London, England, after asphalt …

Green Roofs

Jonathan Kasdan confirms connection between Solo and Rogue One

Yes, we realize they’re both <i>Star Wars</i> movies. That’s not the connection we’re talking about. As <i>Slashfilm</i> recently pointed out, <i>Solo</i> co-writer Jonathan …

Star Wars

Mookie Betts's 13-Pitch Grand Slam At-Bat Is Best Viewed In Its Entirety

The best short film of the summer has arrived, and it’s Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts patiently working through a 13-pitch at-bat against Blue Jays …

Mookie Betts

Here’s a good take in the ongoing war over Luke Skywalker’s soul

The depiction of Luke Skywalker in <i>The Last Jedi</i> became a lightning rod a lot for both the film’s champions and critics. Maybe it was the fact that …

Luke Skywalker

Singer and Williams's Wildly Reimagined 500-HP Porsche 911 Is Beyond Incredible

Look at it. Just look at it.<p>Last year, we told you about Singer and Williams's Dynamics and Lightweighting Study, which was the development of a wildly modified Porsche 911. Today, it's here. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, Singer is showing off the first two restorations from this …

cars

The complex physics behind bending it like a World Cup player

Fluid dynamics experts weigh in on how Ronaldo and Pavard score seemingly impossible goals.<p>The gems of every World Cup are the impossible goals. Cristiano Ronaldo bending it in over the wall against Spain in the group stage. Benjamin Pavard bending a cross to pull France over Argentina in the group …

Cristiano Ronaldo

Why the Porsche 919 and 911 GT3 are setting our world on fire

Porsche

This May Be Stanley Kubrick Himself Explaining the End of 2001: A Space Odyssey

A video has surfaced which appears to feature Stanley Kubrick himself explaining the end of 1968's <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>. Allow us to explain.<p>Much …

Science Fiction

27 Songs That Will Take Anyone Over 25 Back To Summer In The '90s

Not trying to be corny but these songs quite literally "take me back."

Music

This LED headlight conversion kit is blowing people’s minds, and it’s just $44 for any car

So many car accidents each day are the result of poor visibility at night or in inclement weather. What’s crazy is that two simple purchases can help …

Smart Homes

7 Notable Unbuilt Structures Brought to Life in New Renders

It only takes a pen, paper, and an innovative mind to create remarkable structures. Bringing these architectures to life, however, is where …

Architecture