While last year Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as the Clown Prince of Crime gave Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn a run for its money in terms of the best Joker in film history, many still cling to Ledger as their clear choice. Both actors won Academy Awards for their powerhouse portrayals (Ledger posthumously; and some also believe Jack Nicholson was robbed for his interpretation in 1989), but it’s the supporting turn by Ledger that helps makes The Dark Knight so popular. And soaking in that performance is just one of the many reasons to seek out watching The Dark Knight online.
Even if The Joker always steals the show, attention must also be paid to Christian Bale’s gruff-talking Batman and of course to director Christopher Nolan, who managed to inject a stark new vision into often-tread material. The Dark Knight was Nolan’s second foray into Batman territory, the middle entry of a trilogy that started with Batman Begins in 2005 and concluded with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. The Dark Knight topped the 2008 box-office charts, and of the three films, it was the most loved among critics. And though fans keep hope alive, there are no plans for a continuation, so repeat viewings will have to suffice for now.
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Runtime: 152 minutes
How To Watch The Dark Knight Online In The U.S.
As far as free streaming options go, the best and certainly least complicated place to watch The Dark Knight (as well as the two other films in the Dark Knight trilogy) online now is through Hulu, which offers a one-month free trial to test out their basic services, with or without ads, to those who have never signed up previously. If viewers choose not to cancel after that first month, regular rates go into effect: Either $6 per month (ads) or $12 per month (no ads).
Another option to watch The Dark Knight online is via DirecTV. The differentiation between DirecTV and its streaming branch now known as AT&T Now has been quite difficult to follow during its transition over to AT&T, which bought the service last summer. But it appears that those who are DirecTV subscribers can watch The Dark Knight for free with the service’s Record to TV option. DirecTV, which can cost anywhere from $40 to $155 monthly, presently has no free trial periods on offer, while the AT&T Now on-demand service, where The Dark Knight does not factor into their streaming selection, allows for one free week.
Digital Trends may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers.
- The 20 best movies on HBO Max right now
- The Batman: Cast, release date, and everything else we know about the movie
- Tenet: Everything we know about Christopher Nolan’s new movie
- The 50 best movies on Hulu right now
- The best superhero movies of all time