Waiting for the Joker to arrive

Laura Lucas

Laura Lucas

The movie that has had most of Hollywood talking since it came to theaters July 18 is finally out on DVD.

“It has been two months since I’ve seen it in theaters, and I have an itch to see it again,” said Brandon Bausch, a sophomore software engineering major.

The Dark Knight was released Dec. 8 at midnight in Wal-Mart. Although the snow was blowing and the streets were unplowed, people still came to stand in line.

“I’m here ’cause it’s an awesome movie and I want to be the first to get it,” Eddie Stenger, a freshman health promotions major, said.

Stenger arrived at 11:14 p.m. and was the first person in line.

The Dark Knight was ranked number two in the all-time domestic box office charts, raking in over $530 million. (Number one was Titanic making over $600 million). Although The Dark Knight did well at the box office, the line at Wal-Mart only contained around 40 people.

“The movie is the only reason I’m out here so late,” said Devaroux Stanga, a sophomore animation major.

The Dark Knight is the second movie in the Batman series directed by Christopher Nolan. It stars Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent/Two-Face), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Rachel Dawes) and Heath Ledger (The Joker).

“I love the director. Heath’s performance was the best I’ve ever seen,” Bausch said.

Although Ledger’s performance has received positive reviews, his role as The Joker had tragic setbacks. According to the NY Daily News, Ledger had told reporters he “slept an average of two hours a night” while playing “a psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.” Ledger died on Jan. 22.

“This is an amazing movie. The Joker was awesome,” said Candace Wallace, a sophomore sociology major.