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After enduring a long and arduous week of never-ending KITT coverage, it's time to turn our focus to something that has the distinct possibility of not sucking – The Dark Knight. Batman Begins proved that comic book-based movies can actually be entertaining, not causing excessive eye-rolling and extraneous cringing. Plus, it didn't hurt that our female friends could sit through the flick and enjoy the machismo provided by Christian Bale.

Over the weekend, a few shoddy videos of the full, two-minute trailer for The Dark Knight began to surface, so Warner Bros. decided to release the trailer in downloadable form for the masses. Naturally, we've got it up and hosted on YouTube and you can check it out in full after the jump.

Needless to say, it looks damn good. Heath Ledger's Joker will give Nicholson a run for his money, the man in black gets a new two-wheeled conveyance and who can deny burnouts in the Tumbler? Batman returns in the summer of '08, but you can get your fix by clicking here.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool... looks like this movie will be fun to watch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This Joker looks way better than the first Batman movie. This joker looks evil, the first batman just wasnt. This movie will be bad ass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hey look, gyllenhaal and ledger in the same movie yet again, lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      This looks wicked awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What? You guys actually have female friends???

      LOL Sorry, couldn't resist....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Get Gary Oldman to do a villain on the new darker batman series.

        • 7 Years Ago
        hes already commissioner gordon :-?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't wait for this movie. This new Batman series puts the original to shame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This looks AWESOME!
      • 7 Years Ago
      holy crap joker is creepy.. awesome..

      i was like "wtf Heath Ledger?" when i first heard that he was playing the Joker.. but after watching this, i am extremely satisfied
      • 7 Years Ago
      No way does that even look like Ledger will be half as good as Nicholson. Looks like it'll be a good movie, and Ledger will be fine in the role, but come on... to compare him to Nicholson? Just my opinion, but not even close.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i guess im in the minority that thought nicholson was average as the joker.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Jack was the best, bar none. He obviously enjoyed playing the part, and it rubbed off on the movie.

        Best. Joker. Ever.

        All that said, I'm excited to see Ledger. I get the feeling he'll be a pretty evil dude.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nicholson's Joker was a joke...he was too over the top, silly and not sinister enough. Ledger's Joker is more inspired by "The Killing Joke" which would lead me to believe that he will be a real psychotic villan and way more sinister.

        Not trying to deride Jack but he tends to overact and his acting style is pretty one dimesional. I remember watching The Departed and kept thinking the movie would be so much better if they had gotten someone else to play Frank Costello.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I second that. Nicholson made the first movie which I still think is the best Batman movie to date. Batman Begins could have been better by having the Scarecrow in it for more then 5 minutes and the other enemies (some evil band of ninjas) sucked. Ledger will not compare at all to Nicholson, Autoblog should stick to rating cars not actors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really liked Jacko's performance as the old Joker, but really, these are two totally different types of movies, the other was cartoony (does anyone remember Joker and his crew breaking out into a broadway musical in the museum?)... I think Heath looks like he did a fine job, Finally Batman as it was intended (or close anyway), I read the comics... I agree, this trailer finally has some "bad-ass".
        • 7 Years Ago
        I second that. You can't really compare the two jokers, its like apples and oranges. Jack's Joker did great for the first Batman film. The Tim Burton vision of Batman had some darkness, but also some of that silliness you find in his films (e.g. Sleepy Hollow). I mean this in a good way. Jack's Joker fit the first Batman's style perfectly.

        This Batman (Begins) is more true to the comic book renewal of batman "The Dark Knight Returns". Much much darker, so this Joker is also darker. Ledger, by the preview, looks to pull this off extremely well.

        If anything, both Jokers far out-do the entire cast of Batman circa 1964. That was pure campy, even more so than the new Transformers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like Heath Ledger is actually portraying the Joker. Unlike Jack Nicholson who was portraying Jack Nicholson in clown makeup.
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