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Adapted screenplay: The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer (story), Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (screenplay) (from DC Comics characters)

Graphic novels are taken seriously as literature; “The Dark Knight” asks moviegoers to take it just as seriously. Pic probably sparked more serious debate (remember “Is W. the Dark Knight?”?) than any other movie this year. When a Batman movie enters the cultural and political conversation, take notice. It wove together superhero mythology, current politics and timeless themes of power and its limits.

WHY IT’LL WIN: Serious themes, great entertainment and a billion dollars in gross.

MAYBE NOT: Some found it confusing and/or depressing. And it’s still a comicbook movie.

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