The Dark Knight: A Scene Analysis

Photo Cred: (1) | Updated: 5/27/2019

As you may have noticed by the title of this blog-post, this is not what I usually post about on this website. Since I studied screenwriting and directing for the screen at the Colorado Film School, I wrote a lot about film and this was the most in-depth paper I wrote for school. It was for my “Development of Film Expression” class I took and was taught by the wonderful Professor Trai Cartwright.

It was this assignment and my obsessive, perfectionist nature that led to this paper earning an A+ (100%) at the end of the semester. Since I did not want my hard work to go to waste and I loved this paper so much, I have decided to do a final edit before publishing it online for you all to read. In fact, I worked so hard on this project that I basically lived in my living room for three days as I would watch this 53-second sequence over and over and over until my paper was completely finished. The only time I took a break during those three days was to eat, to use the restroom, or to sleep on the couch in the living room. With that in mind, you could say I know this particular scene pretty well with all things considered.

Anyways, the original assignment was supposed to be a 25 to 40 page scene analysis on a movie that had not been done before by a student previously. Surprisingly, no one had done this scene from The Dark Knight (2008), so I jumped on the opportunity as it is also one of my favorite films and I had always wanted to study this film on a deeper level. Although, I was so close to analyzing a scene from There Will Be Blood (2007), but decided near the last minute to do this scene instead.

Regardless, I chose this scene and it is during Act II when Batman (Christian Bale) has to save both Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), but knows he can only save one. What follows are the repercussions of Batman’s decision and the collateral damage that comes with it. My paper that I originally turned in was around 36 – 38 pages and was double-spaced Times New Roman with 12-point font. This time around, it is only 22 pages because I changed the font to Philosopher with 10-point font and is now 1.5 spaced to shorten the page length. To make it even easier for you to read, here is the PDF version (2). With that, Godspeed and Jesus bless!


  1. The Dark Knight (2008)

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