The Real World--with Batman!
Director Christopher Nolan accomplishes two things with The Dark Knight that no other director of a comic book movie has: He sets his characters in an identifiably real world, without a trace of cartoonery, and he offers an incredibly gripping--and bleak--tale that targets adults, not kids. I cannot recall one moment in The Dark Knight that would be appropriate for a five-year-old. The film is morally complex and, at times, uncomfortable. It takes us to new places in the canon of comic book movies, and for a longtime fan of the books, it is an absolute wonder.