I don’t know why I felt compelled to make this thread, except that I re-watched The Dark Knight a few days ago, and all of this hit me like a school bus crashing through a mafia bank.
I wanted to discuss movies that people think are pretty good if not great, and yet when one looks closely at them, you see plot holes big enough to drive a police van through. Plot holes, not nit-picks.
So, The Dark Knight, in chronological order:
1. Dent asks Gordon for info before giving him search warrants for five Gotham banks. Gordon replies “I can tell you the names of the banks.” Isn’t that a given? Was anyone expecting Dent to give five blank search warrants?
2. Wayne’s “alibi” (which he needs for what reason?) to cover for him going to Hong Kong involves climbing into a plane full of Korean smugglers in front of the entire Russian ballet? What kind of “alibi” is that?
3. Fox goes to Hong Kong to… do what? Drop off a sonar-enabled cell phone in the lobby, which Batmen never enters? It appears that the phone affects…something in the building, but what, and why? The computer system turns off, as do some of the lights, but not not all of the lights, nor the telephone system.
4. Biggest one, IMO: The mayor tells Dent, “They get anything on you, those criminals are back on the streets…” This is a major theme in the second half of the movie and most of the next; since when is it a legal precedent that if a D.A. has committed any crime, (even after the trial) all criminals are released?
5. During the parade, Wayne goes to follow a lead, walking into a suspect’s apartment with no disguise. What was he expecting to do if Joker or his men were there?
6. Transporting Dent in the van, the street is blocked by a flaming vehicle, so why does the convoy switch to “lower 5th” where they’ll “be like turkeys on Thanksgiving” rather than simply switch to the completely clear far side of the road?
7. Mainly 1:12 to 2:00, but they’ve got some other good points:
8. Joker asks for “half” for killing Batman. He doesn’t kill Batman, so why does he get the money anyway?
9. The Joker demands someone murder Reese, and the police drop their plan to nab the Joker to evacuate hospitals and protect Reese. Then instead of keeping Reese sheltered indoors, they take him out in public, and Wayne hops in his car to personally protect him, not even knowing where he will be. How does any of this make the slightest sense?
10. Wayne and Fox have the technology to essentially tap into every single phone in the city. Why can’t they call the SWAT team on the radio?
11. How does Joker know that Dent has done anything at all since leaving the hospital?