Batman - The Dark Knight
Batman - The Dark Knight is the most anticipated movie by the comic fans. In my humble opinion comic movie industry has lost the soul to game like action movies like Spider-Man. Batman movies always had a different plot with the dark atmosphere. (A Tim Burton movie with Jack Nicholson as Joker is enough of good reputation)
Christopher Nolan has done a good job with "Batman Begins". The movie was based on one of the most original series of Batman Comics written by Frank Miller: "Batman Year One". The Batman and Gotham image have returned back to basics after a disaster like "Batman and Robin". Christian Bale is a talented actor and has done a good job as Batman. In Batman - The Dark Knight, we have what was missing in "Batman Begins"; the Bad Man.
When I heard the rumors that new movie will have Joker based on Tim Sale comics, I was excited. Tim Sale Joker is different than the Jack Nicholson character. A joker skinny, cynical, ugly and dirty. The news from movie sets were telling that brand new Joker Heath Ledger was better than Jack Nicholson and his Joker images were like Tim Sale drawings have come out of comics. After the young actors unfortunate death following the end of shooting, his new Joker character has already become a legend.
If you aren't familiar with the Batman comics here are some recommended readings while you are waiting for the movie.
Batman Year One
Batman Year One is the story by Frank Miller telling the beginning of Batman story. Batman Begins depends on the Batman Year One so I reccommend reading this one especially before movie.
Batman Haunted Knight
Batman Dark Victory
Batman The Long Halloween
Those three series of comics is new Batman epic created by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. I've already mentioned that the Batman Dark Knight is inspired by the Joker from those series so I strictly reccommend reading those books before going to the movie. Especially Long Halloween is a classic. It consists of the 13 comics which were published from Halloween and ended at next Halloween. You can meet all the rivals of Batman in this story. It is a MUST BE READED book for sure. "I believe in Gotham City.."