‘The Dark Knight’ Trailer: A Shot By Shot Analysis

Ever since the first trailer for “The Dark Knight” premiered online late Thursday night, we’ve been pouring over the footage like it was the Zapruder film. And we mean that literally — frame by exhausting, exhilarating, frame (“Back and to the left. Back … and to the left.”)

But whereas that film could only offer hypothetical proof of a (possible) second gunman, “The Dark Knight” trailer offers so much more — concrete evidence that the team behind the greatest comic book movie ever made have topped themselves in realizing its sequel. Front and foremost in their vision (and consequently, in the trailer as well) is Heath Ledger’s Joker. Below, we lifted an image from the trailer of Ledger’s Clown Prince to find out what it tells us about his characterization. After we’re done, remember to head over to our exhaustive analysis of the whole trailer to find out about the rest of the footage.

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For starters, notice how awkwardly the Joker holds the bazooka in the above image, the way his grimace belies the fact that he’s not totally comfortable with a rocket launcher on his shoulders. A small moment, perhaps, but one entirely befitting the iconic joker of Batman canon — whose preferred weapon is a knife (a more gentlemanly tool). He’s out for mayhem and bloodshed, sure, but only as a means to an end of total anarchy — which is why he’ll use any means of destruction available to him. So, OF COURSE, he would be uncomfortable holding a bazooka. Chances are he’s never held one before. But give him the opportunity and, well, the joke’s on you.

What do you think of the trailer? Catch any revealing moments that hint at what’s to come? Sound off below.