It’s been 12 years since The Dark Knight was released in theatres and Aaron Eckhart, who played Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movie, has reflected on the film’s impact.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Eckhart explained that the script for the film was more like reading literature rather than a script, and the film has evolved into a “reflection of our times.”
“Some scripts are whatever; you get through them and hey, fine. But The Dark Knight was a novel and it was thick. It was like reading literature,” Eckhart said. “And there’s something about Gotham City too. You have a city that’s oppressed and being run by a criminal gang. People can’t go out during the day, everybody’s scared for their safety, and the people that are paid to protect them are corrupted. They’re part of the gang and nobody can trust anybody. Sound like anything that’s familiar? And then people are looking to a superhero for their liberty and their freedom. Not only is it a great story and a great movie, but this is what cinema and art are all about. It’s a reflection of our times. Chris knocked it out of the park and that’s why that movie is so important. And then, obviously, the performance of Heath Ledger. What a special, special movie. I was happy to be a part of it.”
The Dark Knight is still widely considered to be one of the greatest superhero movies of all time and, as Eckhart is pointing out, the film is still relevant all these years later as a result of ongoing events in society today.
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