Artist Statement: For this trailer I wanted to focus on the Joker and the conflict between him and Batman. Nolan’s Joker is rightfully regarded as one of film’s best villains of all time. I wanted to showcase that as best as I could while suggesting his complex motives without giving away too much. I like when trailers make thematic statements. So before seeing the movie you have an idea of what you’ll be watching, but not how it will end. The statement I wanted to imply for The Dark Knight is that Batman might have to resort to evil to defeat the Joker at the risk of becoming a villain himself.
1. The music in the background at 0:37 had to be repeated to fit the “magic trick” scene since the original trailer’s version wasn’t long enough. With RX6 I was able to repeat just the strings while keeping the trailer hit sound effect and electronic music in their natural decay of volume. I also removed the fight sequence from the original trailer.
2. Some dialogue at 0:51 were lifted from the teaser trailer of the dark knight and some from the movie. It depended on the background noise from the scene. I EQ matched the different versions and compressed the dialogue from the scene version to match the teaser trailer dialogue. That way it’s difficult to tell a difference.
3. At 1:15 I had to remove a groan from Batman when the Joker says “And here we go.” If you watch the scene in the movie you’ll know what I’m talking about.
4. I recorded my own claps at 1:36 and mixed them in subtly.
5. The Batpod at 1:51 had this great rising sound on its own in the movie, so I used it as a riser for the trailer. I also had to remove a ton of noise from the dialogue that I used.
6. In the original trailer they used the Mission Impossible theme at the end and I felt like it didn’t work with The Dark Knight, so I removed it.