The Dark Knight is one of the best comic book films ever made, which is saying a lot, given that comic book adaptations make up approximately 115% of modern cinema. Director Christopher Nolan is a genius who, beyond the amazing Dark Knight trilogy, gave us Inception, The Prestige, Interstellar, and more. But that doesn’t mean his work is immune to criticism. In fact, given how brilliant most of his filmography is, Christopher Nolan plot holes are all the more head scratch inducing. Even allowing for the fact that comic book movies usually have a few inconsistencies, this movie transcends most comic book cinema. So, then, The Dark Knight plot holes are more glaring as well. Given his reputation as the world's greatest detective, there really shouldn't be any Batman plot holes.
To be fair, most of The Dark Knight's logical inconsistencies are just that - not exactly what would traditionally be thought of as plot holes. For instance, what were those murdery kids doing alone in a creepy parking garage pretending to blow up cars? Batman probably should have apprehended them, as they’re clearly future serial killers. Maybe not a plot hole, per se, but certainly confusing. So, let’s condemn these Nolan logic fails! After all, who doesn’t love to tear down those smarter and more successful than themselves in virtually every way?
Also, because this will be an in-depth analysis of plot elements from The Dark Knight, SPOILERS AHEAD.
The Joker's Nurse Outfit Wouldn't Fool A Gullible Seven Year Old
The Joker infiltrated Harvey’s recovery room by dressing like a nurse and infiltrating the hospital while it was being evacuated for his bomb threat. As he started to address Harvey, Harvey honestly looked puzzled until Joker removed his surgical face mask, at which point Harvey recognized him.
His first hint might have been, like, the rest of the Joker’s face, which was coated in white paint with a lot of black around the eyes. But this is the same universe where people don’t recognize Superman because he’s not wearing glasses. Maybe people in DC are just really, agressively dumb. Or they all suffer from a specific type of partially obscured face blindness.
The Joker Just Sort Of Leaves Dent's Fundraiser After The Defenestration Of Bruce And Rachel
When the Joker crashes Bruce Wayne’s fundraiser for Harvey Dent (with the express intention of either killing or capturing Dent), Bruce knocks Harvey out and stuffs him in a closet, then bars the door. This would be a great plan if you’re going to expel all the criminals from the building. However, when Joker throws Rachel out the window, Bruce dives after her and they plummet from the penthouse, coming safely to rest on the roof of a car. End of scene.
Wait. Not only are all of the guests still up there as hostages, but Harvey is as well. Should we assume the Joker just... took his goons and left? Maybe he searched the place and couldn’t find Dent, decided to forego checking in the closet with a large pipe holding the doors closed, and then left with his sincerest apologies for disturbing the party. That definitely seems like his style.
Gotham City's School District Employs Criminally Negligent Bus Drivers
In the bank robbery scene that opens the film, the Joker uses a school bus as a getaway vehicle/battering ram. The bus was driven through the bank’s front doors and parked in the lobby. The Joker leaves the same way he came in, driving out through the demolished wall of the bank and pulling right into the middle of a line of school buses.
Now, the driver of the bus behind the Joker’s should have reasonably been alarmed by this, and probably would have immediately contacted the police. But maybe school buses come crashing out of banks every day in Gotham. Just another day on the job, right Larry?
You Want To Bring A Gun In The Courtroom? Sure!
Early in the movie, Harvey Dent is prosecuting Salvatore Maroni. He’s questioning a witness who he’s expecting to give up Maroni as the leader of the mob. The witness, however, takes the fall, so Harvey asks the judge for permission to treat the witness as hostile. After this totally reasonable legal measure, the witness says, “I’ll show you hostile!” and pulls out a gun.
There is no earthly way a witness could walk into a courtroom with a gun. There are metal detectors and layers on layers of security. Plus, it’s a super cheesy scene, which may even be a more egregious offense.