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Fan Theories About 'The Dark Knight' That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

April 27, 2021 200 votes 35 voters 1.1k views13 items

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The Dark Knight is without a doubt one of the most beloved Batman movies of all time. The second film in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, The Dark Knight is a movie where Gotham City and the Caped Crusader really shine in a way never seen on film before.

Fans of the film have turned to Reddit to share their most fascinating Dark Knight fan theories. Check out the far-out theories below, and don't forget to vote!

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    Joker Is The Hero Of 'The Dark Knight'

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/generalzee:

    I briefly checked the history by doing a few searches and didn't see anything quite like this, but I apologize if someone else has come up with a similar theory before. Joker, although a lying psychopath, is actually the hero in The Dark Knight. Before the Joker, Gotham was a mess. Entire sections of the city were closed off due to madness, organized crime ran rampant, and the majority of important city officials were wildly corrupt. The city even tolerated a renegade vigilante who ran around wearing a rubber suit (Okay, special armor and carbon fiber, but they don't know that).

    Along comes the Joker, and by the end of a very short time, almost all organized crime was eliminated, many corrupt officials were imprisoned or dead, and the city's vigilante even went into hiding for eight years. This was all part of Joker's masterfully executed plan.

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    Lucius Fox Gave Away Batman's Identity

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/SultanofStella:

    Watching the scene here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z6o1GIEsQE you will see that the accountant comes across sketches of the Batmobile. He tries to use this as leverage to get money. Lucius then retorts with "You think your client is a vigilante? And you're gonna blackmail him? Good luck with that." However, the accountant never actually suggests that Bruce Wayne is Batman. All he knows is that Wayne Enterprises somehow financially supports Batman. It is Lucius who makes the jump from Wayne and Batman being connected to Wayne and Batman being the same person.

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    Joker's Origin Is More Obvious Than It Seems

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/KingWraithX:

    So the man we know would become the Joker starts his life in an abusive home in Gotham. His father is an alcoholic [who] at some point threatens his mother with a knife. This sets the groundwork for his later mental break. When he’s old enough, “Jack,” as we’ll call him for now, runs away and joins the army. There he learns how to use various forms of weapons. During this time, he meets the woman [who] would become his wife. After a few years, he’s recruited into a Black Ops operation. His record and identity are completely scrubbed from every database on Earth in order to sustain his anonymity.

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    The Detonators On The Ferry

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/jrvw001:

    The Joker tells the passengers that their detonator is to the other ferry. This appears to be a simple riff on the Prisoner's Dilemma, however I believe that if they had used the detonator, they would have blown their own boat up and killed themselves in the process. This fits with the Joker's motive of creating chaos, and he had already done this when he told Gordon and Batman the opposite locations of Rachel and Harvey.

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