‘The Dark Knight’ returns

Comics, Movies
Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight by Warner Bros.
Heath Ledger's Joker: Serious Oscar contender? (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Dark Knight is coming to DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday. Those who want to see it on the big screen again (and not at some creepy discount theater, as I did FOR THE FIRST TIME last Tuesday) will get their chance Jan. 23 — that’s when Warner Bros. will roll out the Batman-Joker tour-de-force in hopes of upping the film’s Academy Award chances.

“We wanted to provide one more opportunity for moviegoers to experience it on the big screen as it was meant to be seen,” Dan Fellman, president of Warner Bros.’ domestic distribution, told Variety.

Ledger, who stole the show as the Batman’s eternal nemesis, is the subject of some serious Oscar buzz for a posthumous Best Supporting Actor award. Best Picture and Director (Christopher Nolan) aren’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, either.

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be announced 6:38 a.m. Jan. 22 — the first anniversary of Ledger’s untimely death from an accidental prescription drug overdose.

Golden Globe nominations come out Thursday, two days after The Dark Knight’s home release.

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