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20+ Fun Facts About the Dark Knight Trilogy

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All three films in Christopher Nolan's Batman saga are covered in this list of Dark Knight Trilogy trivia. Is there another trilogy quite like The Dark Knight? Sure, The Dark Knight Rises didn't reach the delirious highs of The Dark Knight, but how could it? Pound for pound, the films of the Nolanverse hold up as well as any other famous trilogy, in any genre.

The Dark Knight Trilogy is a force of nature. It's a series of films, all with their own genre and tone (Batman Begins is a thriller, its successors are a police caper and a disaster spectacle) set in one universe. The movies build one to the next and build a larger world that's familiar to DC Comics fans, but also different and unique. Oh, and The Dark Knight is consistently cited as the greatest comic book movie ever and one of the best films ever made.

This Dark Knight Trilogy trivia list compiles facts from behind the scenes, including stories from the set and casting that could've been, as well as tiny details you may have missed in the films, and more. Vote up your favorite facts below!
  • Every Villain Disguises Himself as a Henchman

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    Within the first act in each and every film in the trilogy, the antagonist pulls the exact same trick and many people never noticed! In all of them, the main villain (Ra's Al Guhl in Begins, Joker in Knight, Bane in Rises) disguises himself as one of his own henchmen.

    There is even a conversation about said villain in each scene, like clockwork.

    Source: DC Movies Wikia

  • The Dark Knight Was the First Narrative Feature to Use IMAX Cameras

    The Dark Knight was the first non-documentary film to use IMAX cameras. Christopher Nolan had wanted to shoot in the IMAX format for years, and happily seized the opportunity to do so. Six major action sequences, along with various high-altitude shots, were filmed with the expensive, unwieldy IMAX cameras, and a full hour of The Dark Knight Rises was shot on IMAX.


  • The Joker Card at the End of Batman Begins is Very Specific

    Did that Joker card at the end of Batman Begins look familiar? It should. It's an exact replica of the Joker playing card in the 1989 graphic novel Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean.

    Cooler still, the evidence label lists that the officer who discovered it as  J. Kerr, one of the Joker's favorite aliases (Joe Kerr) in the comics.

    Source: DC Movies Wikia

  • The Dark Knight Was the First Comic Book Movie to Win an Oscar for Acting

    The Dark Knight is the first comic book movie to ever win an Oscar for achievement in acting. Heath Ledger was posthumously nominated, and won for his supporting role as Joker, beating out Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Michael Shannon, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

    Source: IMDb