Expectations for “The Dark Knight” were very, very high. The buzz from a building franchise about it’s second chapter, the ever evolving bat accessories and gadgets, and of course, the late Heath Ledger. Ledger shined brighter than any of the previously mentioned additions – so well, he may take away from the picture as a whole. His Joker is dark, comedic and brilliantly psychotic (But still not Oscar worthy). No lust for money, women or power; Just the need to create chaos and bring the worst out of ordinary people. Batman is Batman, albeit with a following of husky wannabees. Christian Bale is great for the role, but still….why does Batman have to lower his voice to mimic Dirty Harry in every movie? The storyline is a typical struggle of the hero tale taken to new heights via CGI and lots of real explosions. Several action sequences made me sit back and whisper ‘WOW’, which anymore is impressive considering what we all have come to expect. OK, down to the skinny, Ledger gets a solid A, the first viewing of the film lands it an B+. As a whole I felt that it was just too long (2 hours and 30 minutes) to tell the story it did. All of the villains were spread too thin with screen time, I want to see more of what the bad guy is cooking…not just how Batman reacts to it. Thank God the love triangle thing was held in check…and wisely, the Joker had no part in it. The need to see this film a second time is promising for a grade revision and monstrous box office totals.