THE DARK KNIGHT Concept Art Featuring Two-Face & Joker's Bank Robbery Gang

Check out concept art from The Dark Knight featuring Harvey "Two-Face" Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and the masks that Joker's clown henchmen wore during the robbery of Gotham National Bank. Plus director Christopher Nolan recalls filming that scene with Heath Ledger.

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By nailbiter111 - 12/4/2012


While posting these rarely seen pieces of concept art from "The Dark Knight," that were created by Rob Bliss ("Watchmen"), I realized there was a segment of Christopher Nolan's recent Q&A session that was pertinent and that I hadn't yet posted. To catch you up, Nolan was at the Water Reade Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center as a special guest of the Film Society, he discussed working with Heath Ledger and specifically the filming of the opening scene where we are first introduced to Batman's nemesis. You can either watch the video below or just read the transcript, both are provided.




CHRISTOPHER NOLAN: "Well the first sequence we actually shot was the IMAX prologue, which was the bank robbery, where he has the mask on. I just really wanted him to enjoy that not worry about too much–you know the stakes weren’t too high. You see his character in that scene is like Buster Keaton or like Chaplin, it’s just a magical character through every gesture, I just loved what he did there. Then there is the moment where he pulls his mask off, which was tremendous, but it was the first time we shot with the IMAX camera and when we looked at the dailies it was all a bit out of focus. So I rescheduled it, and I got this horrified phone call from him saying, “What have I done wrong?” This was the first time he really showed us the voice and what he was going to do, and we want to reshoot it. I told him no, it was great, but I don’t think he ever quite believed me actually.

He re-shot it very graciously because he was a tremendous professional, but in the end we actually used the out of focus one because it was magic, it just had that little thing. The first thing we really did shoot on the real schedule though was the interrogation scene and we took our time shooting it and he was very grateful. We shot it in England with this very gruff British crew and they all worked with Jack Nicholson and thought, “He’s the only Joker,” and they didn’t quote know who this guy was and what he was doing and afterwards they all looked at him differently and were all in, it was a great thing for him."




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Billium3 - 12/5/2012, 12:00 AM
I'm much happier with the final product as opposed to the Joker form that first concept art picture.
GingerBird - 12/5/2012, 12:03 AM
Really chilling to see Heath that lower pic...
joncochino - 12/5/2012, 12:05 AM
dammit
TheOther - 12/5/2012, 12:10 AM
the last heath photo :))))
TheOther - 12/5/2012, 12:10 AM
lol spider-man 3 poster on the last picture :)
breakUbatman - 12/5/2012, 12:11 AM
Great performance
95 - 12/5/2012, 12:27 AM
Heath was great.
A truly masterful performance.
Happy11 - 12/5/2012, 12:28 AM
Haunting last photo. I like everyone else hated (be honest) the idea of heath originally playing the joker but he was magnificent. Did he ever see a final edit of the film before he died?
AmazingFantasy - 12/5/2012, 12:31 AM
I thought that was JGL at the end...
NostalgicYouth - 12/5/2012, 12:35 AM
Those designs are awesome, except for the joker concept art but still quite creepy.
Happy11 - 12/5/2012, 12:38 AM
TDK greatest CBM of all time.

1. TDK
2. Blade 2
3. Superman 2
4. Batman begins
5. Batman 1989
6. Blade
7. X men 2
8. Spiderman 2
9. Iron man
10. Thor

The top 6 made a huge impact on me especially Batman 1989 I was 10 at the time and had just started collecting batman comics 6 month prior. These are my favourites it doesn't mean it is right or wrong just what film mean more to me. If I was born 10 years later it would be different.
FirstAvenger - 12/5/2012, 12:58 AM
Please tell me that's a gun in the guys mouth.
BlueDemon - 12/5/2012, 12:59 AM
Waaaaaaaaaaaay better than The TDKR. TDK is my favorite CBM.
LVNHI - 12/5/2012, 1:05 AM
yes waaaay better indeed



nailbiter111 - 12/5/2012, 1:05 AM
Yeah, The Dark Knight is in my top five movies of all time, instant classic. I have it placed alongside Shawshank Redemption, Godfather 1, Godfather 2 and Groundhog Day.
Happy11 - 12/5/2012, 1:15 AM
Nailbiter I agree with your top movies of all time. Would be interesting to know your top 5 CBMs of all time.
nailbiter111 - 12/5/2012, 1:34 AM
Happy11 - The Dark Knight, The Avengers, Superman, Spider-Man 2, and Batman Begins. That's off the top of my head. It's tough making a top five CBM list, I love so many. To not include Superman II feels shitty, but it had to be done.
LVNHI - 12/5/2012, 2:01 AM

:::MY TOP TEN:::

V for Vendetta
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Punisher War Zone
Rocketeer
Spawn
Spiderman 2
Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer
Batman Returns
TMNT (all)

OverlyManlyMan - 12/5/2012, 2:15 AM
1. The Avengers
2. The Dark Knight
3. Iron Man
4. Batman Begins
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Kick-Ass
7. The Incredible Hulk
8. Spider-man 2
9. Spider-man
10. Thor
MCMLXXXII - 12/5/2012, 2:45 AM
one of the best opening sequences of a movie..

top five (in no particular order)

The Dark Knight
The Avengers
Iron Man
Batman Begins
Scott Pilgrim
MCMLXXXII - 12/5/2012, 2:48 AM
if heath hadn't died, the last movie of Nolan's trilogy would have been impossibly amazing! was dissapointed with TDKR, worst one of the three..
Happy11 - 12/5/2012, 2:52 AM
@nailbiter yeah I was the same after my top 6 or seven I enjoyed the first half of superman but I would probably put the marvel phase 1 films equal 9th but did prefer Thor and iron man
AC1 - 12/5/2012, 3:00 AM
Great concept art, pretty sure I've seen the Joker one before, it's based on the works of Francis Bacon (seems his works are always associated with The Joker, one of his paintings appears in the scene where Joker attacks that restaurant in Batman (1989) where he vandalises everything but notes that he likes that one painting. Bacon's works were then a huge influence in the design of this Joker; Nolan even gave Ledger a few images of Bacon's works to use as influence in his portrayal).

@Happy11 how on Earth did you manage to notice that Spider-Man 3 poster?! Nice job!!!
AC1 - 12/5/2012, 3:06 AM
My top ten CBMs:
1) The Dark Knight
2) Watchmen
3) Batman Begins
4) The Amazing Spider-Man
5) The Avengers
6) Iron Man
7) X-Men: First Class
8) Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
9) Thor
10) Captain America: The First Avenger

It's really a shame about TDKR, because if it weren't for the huge number of inconsistencies that could've easily jumped straight up to number 1.
Come to think about it, I imagine that if Heath Ledger hadn't died, the film would've been a very close adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns (Joker plays the same role, Bane plays the role of both the Mutant Leader and Superman [obviously not working for the govt] at the end, and both John Blake and Catwoman fill the Carrie Kelly/Robin role, only differences being there wouldn't be the nuclear warhead/threat of war with Russia subplots, and I can't imagine Nolan killing off Alfred)
Happy11 - 12/5/2012, 3:27 AM
@acira wasn't me someone else noticed that.
figuresmaniac - 12/5/2012, 3:35 AM
those clowns are scary as hell....
AC1 - 12/5/2012, 3:37 AM
Well then, well done to whoever noticed it!
RamonSuarez - 12/5/2012, 3:42 AM
Heath Ledger made this film.

Without him, it would have been very 'meh'.
TheOneWhoKnocks - 12/5/2012, 3:56 AM
my favs:
1)TDK
2)Avengers
3)BB
4)Ironman
5)V for Vendetta
6)Spiderman 2
7)TDKR
8)X-men-First Class
TheDARKestKNIGHT - 12/5/2012, 3:59 AM
The first Joker concept is SO Death in the Family (current batman arc)
TheOneWhoKnocks - 12/5/2012, 4:03 AM
@Ramon,
Heath's performance might have taken the film from great to mindblowing. I think the movie has enough story,action,drama, screenplay,OST to be one of the best CBM movies even without joker.You don't need to undermine others contribution to the movie.
nailbiter111 - 12/5/2012, 4:04 AM
RamonSuarez - "Without him, it would have been very 'meh'."

Bingo! You win silliest comment of the day. On what planet would "The Dark Knight" be "very meh" without Heath?! So you just ignore the amazing director? The amazing script? The amazing cinematography? The other amazing performances by the rest of the cast? Yes, Heath Ledger was absolutely wonderful, thoroughly deserving of his Oscar, but let's not be delusional.

dud3rulz - well said.
AC1 - 12/5/2012, 4:18 AM
@dud3rulz agreed, while I do think that Ledger had a huge impact on how good the film was, I certainly don't think that if he wasn't in it it'd be a 'bad' film. It'd still be fantastic, but Heath's performance took it to another level, because his acting was so strong.
Fogs - 12/5/2012, 4:30 AM
Great movie! But somehow I always feel like watching Begins, more than TDK.
Happy11 - 12/5/2012, 4:40 AM
Yes heath was excellent but just meh without him, so bale eckhart caine, the director the writing the cinematography the score was just meh. Yeah right.
MrReese - 12/5/2012, 4:55 AM
R.I.P Heath!!!!!
SamHell - 12/5/2012, 4:58 AM
Disturbing clowns

My top 3
Batman begins
TDK
Iron Man
EdgyOutsider - 12/5/2012, 5:06 AM
R.I.P Heath. I finally got his last movie the other day, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. It is such a fantastic movie. I personally feel it's Heath Ledger's best movie.

My top 5 CBM'S

1: Marvel's The Avengers
2: The Amazing Spider-Man (ya, I know you feel it shouldn't be that high. Sue me)
3: Captain America: The First Avenger
4: The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises (It's tied. I can't really pick which one is my favorite)
5: X-Men: First Class
GuardianAngel - 12/5/2012, 5:16 AM
The Dark Knight is my favorite movie of all time. So glad when I see more concept art!
GuardianAngel - 12/5/2012, 5:16 AM
What's this? A civilized discussion with no debate or hating? I wanna play!
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