The Dark Knight

New this month Plot hole: The Nomex survival suit that Bruce gets from Lucius Fox in Batman Begins is bulletproof, knife proof, and can stop anything but a straight-shot, per Fox. All Bruce did was spray paint over it to make the batsuit. But in the beginning of The Dark Knight, Batman gets mauled by a dog which chews through the suit and cuts Bruce's arm, causing him to need stitches.

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New this month Suggested correction: The suit still has seams, through which the dogs can bite.

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Visible crew/equipment: During Batman's interrogation of the Joker, when he picks him up and slams him against the wall, for a very brief moment you can see the camera and the cameraman in the reflection of the mirror on the right.

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Continuity mistake: During the interrogation scene, when Batman beats up Joker, Joker's hands are holding Batman's forearms upside down (from underneath). When the frame changes his hands are now on top of Batman's forearms, then it cuts back and his hands are under again.

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Continuity mistake: When Joker puts the smoke bomb inside the bank manager's mouth, watch a green sign behind lying on the floor, with a tree painted on it. It has a stick on top which moves around between shots with no one touching it.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: In the chasing scene where the Peterbilt truck hits a swat van, the truck's right front light is damaged. In the next scene, the light seems to be undamaged and then, damaged again.

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Visible crew/equipment: In opening scene of the aerial view of the building adjacent to the bank, you can see the reflection of the filming helicopter on the left side of the building.

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Continuity mistake: In the interrogation scene, when Joker sits on the floor, in one shot there's cracks all over the wall, but in the next one there is only one crack, and then again it is full of cracks.

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Continuity mistake: When Dent dies, his right arm's position keeps changing between shots.

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Sacha
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Continuity mistake: During the bank scene, the Joker shoots the bus driver and he falls dead in front of the bus. As the Joker approaches the Bank manager to put the gas can in his mouth, you can still see the body. But after he removes his mask and walks toward the bus, the driver's body is gone.

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Continuity mistake: The Joker fires a rocket-propelled grenade at the Tumbler, sending it crashing end over end. In the final tumble, as it loses the last of its momentum, it's rolling to rest on its roof. The camera angle then changes and it's suddenly regained momentum, rolling again so it lands on its wheels.

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BocaDavie

Continuity mistake: Joker and Two-face are in the hospital; Harvey is about to flip the coin to decide if the Joker lives or dies. The camera angle switches back and forth between the Joker and Harvey. From one angle Harvey is wearing the monitor clamp on his middle finger with the grey wire, from the other angle it is gone. It disappears and re-appears every time the camera angle changes.

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BocaDavie

Continuity mistake: When Harvey Dent loses his face and is lying in the hospital bed, when he's turned with the damaged side against the pillow, we can see the inside of the side of his mouth which should be damaged, but it's fully intact. Then when he turns it's suddenly burned away.

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Continuity mistake: During the opening bank robbery scene, the Joker reaches down to toss a duffel bag of money to the school bus driver. He is holding his pistol in his left hand and reaches for the bag with his right. But in the very next shot, his pistol is in his right hand and the bag is in his left.

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Audio problem: In the scene where Alfred is stitching up Bruce, Bruce says "I wanted to inspire people." As he says "people" the shot changes and his lips aren't moving, but the audio track continues.

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Factual error: When they reconstruct the bullet in the scanner, the fingerprint goes the whole way down to the bottom of the bullet. This would not be the correct pattern, as there should be a blank ring at the bottom where the bullet would have been covered by the casing.

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Revealing mistake: In the opening sequence, when the robbers are on the zip line, two Chicago Police squad cars (white cars with blue markings), not Gotham PD (blue with white markings) can be seen blocking off Van Buren Street for the filming.

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Revealing mistake: As Harvey Dent is tied up in the warehouse with the explosive barrels talking to Rachel, if you look in the lower right hand corner of the screen, a green blanket on the floor moves up slightly as Harvey tries to get out of his restraints. It's too far away for Harvey to touch. A person's fingers or hand is also momentarily visible in the previous establishing shot when Dent is regaining consciousness.

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Continuity mistake: When Eric Roberts gets in the car with Two-Face, the car seems to go from being parked to going full-speed in a split-second. As he's getting in the car, Roberts is talking to his driver, and just as he sits down, he sees Two-Face, and the background appears to be moving by very quickly behind him. The car wouldn't have had time to even pull away from the curb yet.

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Revealing mistake: When Harvey Dent turns on the Bat Signal, Lt. Gordon comes out of the rooftop stairwell. As the door opens you can see that there is no back to the stairwell enclosure, and you can see the city.

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Continuity mistake: During the chase on Lower Fifth, the refuse truck's left headlamp is alternately present and lit, or completely missing (not just unlit).

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johnrosa

Audio problem: In the opening heist sequence a clown grabs a bald bank teller and the teller says "Please no, no!" while being thrown over the counter, however, his voice doesn't match his facial expression. His voice is loud and terrified in fear and yet his lips and face expression barely react.

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Continuity mistake: After the Batmobile is hit by an RPG, Batman steers the car through the concrete barrier out of the traffic lane. As the car crashes through another wall, it lifts from the rear and the driver side rear tire is seen flying off the car. For the rest of the scene, all the tires are still attached.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: While interrogating Joker, Batman holds him against the wall. Joker's hairstyle keeps swapping between two different styles, depending on the camera angle.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the Tumbler has been hit by the Joker's RPG, the camera changes to showing the GPD van trying to regain control, but the Tumbler is nowhere to be seen in the foreground.

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Continuity mistake: When the Joker reveals to Batman that he's also got Rachel, Batman slams the Joker into the wall. The tiles behind the Joker's head have little cracks in them. Cut to another shot from the side, all the cracks are gone.

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ployp

Continuity mistake: When Bruce gets on his motor bike on the way to the apartment, overlooking the governor's speech, his hair is all greased back. But when he gets off the bike and takes his helmet off, his hair is fuller and not as greasy. When they cut to him inside the apartment, his hair is once again greased back like it was before he got on the bike.

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Continuity mistake: When Rachel and the Joker are talking up close in the scene where the Joker crashes Bruce's party, as the camera switches back and forth between Rachel and the Joker a small dark blemish (maybe food) disappears and reappears in his cheek.

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Continuity mistake: When Bruce Wayne is talking to Alfred while having his arm stitched, in shots from the side he's looking downwards, but in other shots he's looking up towards Alfred. This keeps switching, shot to shot.

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Jon Sandys

Continuity mistake: During the bank robbery, when Joker takes off his mask, before the camera changes angles, he uses his right hand to remove the mask and his left hand is holding up the manager's head. When it cuts to a front view, he is using his left hand to remove the mask, but when it cuts back to the first angle Joker's left hand is supporting the manager's head again.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Joker is visiting Harvey in the hospital, there is a shot of Harvey's face just before Joker takes his hand, and there is a tear on Harvey's cheek. However, in the next shot of Harvey's face, the tear is gone, and there is no trail where the tear would have fallen, and Harvey's hands don't go to his face.

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Revealing mistake: When Batman's cycle flips the truck that the Joker is driving during the scene in which The Joker is attempting to kidnap Harvey Dent, the viewer can see the geyser of compressed air shooting from the underside of the 18-wheeler's trailer, which is commonly used to flip vehicles for movie stunts.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening heist scene, a clown grabs a bald bank teller. In the wide shot, the blonde bank teller to the clown's left reacts in fear. However in the very next shot, she is motionless and reacts again in fear.

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Continuity mistake: When Dent is talking in the hospital after being rescued, the pillow is bloody on his left side (where he was burned) then the pillow is clean again in another shot.

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Continuity mistake: In one of the first scenes with Det. Ramirez, you see her holding a cup of coffee. She switches between holding the cup with two hands, then one hand and finally two hands again. The cuts in the scene are immediate and linear, so she could not have changed how she holds the cup in between cuts.

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Revealing mistake: During the interrogation scene, when Gordon first enters, as he begins to close the door if you look in the glass reflection on Gordon's left (screen right), you can see the door open again slightly after he shuts it. In the next shot, its completely shut and locked.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening shot, there is a long shadow over the roof of the bank building as the camera zooms over and towards the windows in the far building. In the next shots, the shadow is gone as the robbers glide across and land on the roof.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the convoy is driving through the entrance of the tunnel you can see the black helicopter the film crew uses right behind the police helicopter.

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Continuity mistake: When Batman is about to glide into Lau's building they show him standing on the ledge about two meters from the corner, ready to make his jump. Cut camera angle to an overhead shot and he is standing on the corner of the building when he makes his jump.

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BocaDavie

Continuity mistake: In the car chase, as they exit onto lower 5th, the convoy has, in order, a police cruiser, 2 swat vans, then 2 cruisers. When the garbage truck pulls up next to the convoy, he takes out the second to last cruiser first (there is a car visible behind). It then spins out another cruiser in front of it before reaching the van with Dent in it, but there should have been no other cruiser between that one and the van.

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Continuity mistake: When the Joker is taken to Gambol, he shoots a pool ball. We hear it connect with another ball, and then five seconds later the ball reappears. When it reappears it is moving too fast to have taken the time it did.

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A Demon
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Continuity mistake: Just after Gordon gets a call from Batman saying, "Gordon, I have the Joker's location, Pruitt building" it cuts to an aerial shot of the building. On the building there is a construction banner with the logo DAVIS, with a blue anchor shape logo. Then later on, when Gordon has the binoculars and says, "Why would they choose a spot with such good weakness" there is another aerial shot where the building banner now read BOVIS, with a blue arch logo.

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Continuity mistake: When Joker is looking for Harvey, he grabs Rachael and holds her head. Camera cuts and his grip on her head/face changed instantly.

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A Demon

Other mistake: The television that Lau used to communicate with the crime lords was a regular set carried in by Lau's operatives and placed on the table (which didn't have a mic or camera on it), and there were no cameras in the room. So how was Lau able to see/hear/interact with the crime lords?

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Teru_Kage

Visible crew/equipment: When the Joker first meets the mobsters you can see the reflection of the green screen on the table.

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moviefan2345

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Batman is taking down the SWAT members to prevent them from harming the wrong people, one of the SWAT guys is lying on the ground and attempts to stand up. The clip for his gun contacts the ground and flexes like a rubber stunt gun would, not a real clip and gun.

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cornpone

Other mistake: Whenever a character shoots a shotgun in the air inside, there isn't any debris from the shot. It happens when Joker crashes the fund raising party and when guards try to control the prisoners on the ship.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the Joker gets on the bus, after blowing up the hospital, about halfway along inside the bus is a large camera set-up. It can't belong to Mike Engel's news crew as it is not only too large to be hand held or shoulder mounted (it is one of the IMAX cameras used to film a shot from within the bus that wasn't used in the final cut) but also has a thick black cloth draped over it for the cameraman to work beneath. Obviously not a camera used by any news crew.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when the Joker talks to Harvey in the hospital, Dent's head changes position from the left side of the pillow to the right.

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Revealing mistake: When The Joker destroys the hospital the windows on the second and third story don't reflect anything. This is because the day before shooting at the abandoned building vandals broke in and destroyed the windows, meaning they needed to be replaced by CGI. Confirmed in the "Making of".

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Sanguis
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Continuity mistake: When Batman is removing the part of the wall with the bullet in it, we see the bullet hole is off-center, to the left side of the block that Batman carves out. In the next scene where we see the mounted gun shooting specialized bullets into blocks, Bruce compares the block he removed from the apartment, which is in a plastic bag, to the holes left in the sample blocks. The hole in the block from the apartment is now in the center of the block, not on the left side as it was when he removed it.

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Continuity mistake: When Harvey is talking to the fake cop, he hold a coin and says, "Heads, you keep yours, tails, not so lucky." When he says this, the way he holds the coin changes instantly.

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A Demon

Continuity mistake: When the Joker first opens fire on the prison van, you can see that his pistol locks open as if it were empty. However, if you look closely, you can see the empty shell is stuck between the slide and the chamber. In the next shot, he keeps on firing like nothing ever happened.

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Friso94

Factual error: Batman jumps from Hong Kong's IFC (International Finance Centre) Tower 2 to IFC Tower 1 (where Lau's office is located). But when you see the lobby of the building (IFC 1) where Lucius Fox left his phone, it's actually the lobby of another building in Central Hong Kong. That building is The Center. Also, I'm not sure where Nolan shot the meeting between Fox and Lau, but it was definitely not IFC 1 as we can see the Hong Kong Four Seasons hotel in the background, and that building is next to IFC 1, not across from it.

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Factual error: When Batman jumped and landed on top of the van driven by Scarecrow, the van stopped dead in its tracks. The forward momentum of the van would have kept it moving, even if it were undrivable. The van stopped at the precise moment Batman landed on it, so Scarecrow didn't have time to slam on the brakes.

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cornpone

Factual error: As Two-Face, Harvey Dent is missing his left cheek and all of his left lips, yet he is able to talk without any severe speech impediment. Not possible; although people with similar afflictions are able to talk, there is a discernible difference in not only the words they speak, but how the words are formed. Speaking words with the letters "P" or "B" require either a closed mouth or pressing the tongue against the upper lip. Two-face was unable to do either, yet speaks perfectly.

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BocaDavie
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Continuity mistake: During the scene where Alfred tends to Bruce's bite wounds, the angle cuts several times between Alfred and Bruce. When the camera is on Alfred, Bruce is mostly looking down towards the wound. When the camera is on Bruce, he looks straight at the camera.

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Christoph Galuschka

Factual error: Despite the stunt looking really cool, the flipping of the tractor trailer simply would not have occurred as shown. Assuming Batman does exactly what we see regarding the cable, the truck would have just torn the cable out of the asphalt along with the lamp posts, barely being slowed by them. Ignoring this, if the cable's anchor held firm, the cable would more likely break. Failing that, the truck would simply, abruptly stop. But in no case is it capable of generating the force required to make the trailer rise up and turn with the entire rig over its own front end. Further, the tractor and trailer are not a single, rigid piece as shown. The two pieces would form a "V" while in the flip due to the trailer lagging behind the tractor as it rotates over. Once bent, the hitch would fail and the trailer would drop back on its wheels.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: When Batman throws the Joker over himself and off of the building he catches him with his rope gun, in the first shot two cables are shown holding him up and in the next there is only one.

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Continuity mistake: As Batman appears in the bank vault, Ramirez looks to Gordon. The scene cuts to Gordon, who acknowledges her to leave the vault. When the scene cuts back again she is already a few meters behind Batman. There's not enough time for her to cover the distance.

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Christoph Galuschka

Revealing mistake: In the opening scene, the Joker is picked up by some of the other crew members. While he is sitting in the SUV, he inserts a magazine into his Glock pistol and pulls back the slide to chamber a round. However, when he does, the slide locks back, indicating that the magazine is empty.

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Continuity mistake: In the interrogation scene just before Batman slams the Joker's head into the table, it can be observed that the Joker's nails are somewhat long. However, as the scene escalates to where the Joker's back is against the wall and he's clutching Batman's forearms, the Joker's nails are short.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Batman is interrogating the Joker at the police station, Jokers make-up smears and is rubbed off when he rubs his forehead (after Batman slammed it into the table). Batman later in the same scene strikes the Joker in the face. He should have some make-up on his gloves left, yet does not.

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Continuity mistake: When the three men in the clown masks are in the van at the start of the film the man at the back (who is the joker) is getting ready for the heist the shot cuts to the two men in the front seats and he is just relaxing in the back.

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moviefan2345

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the mob wearing Joker masks are attempting to zip-line from one building to another, one guy shoots a harpoon at the other building. After being shot, the harpoon never makes it beyond a couple of meters, before it begins to fall down due to gravity. And it doesn't even seem to have enough energy to make it to its target. But in the following scene, the zip-line is shown to be well anchored to the other building.

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GIRISHMS

Continuity mistake: When the Joker is about to burn his half of the money he walks up to the Chechen and says something and then in the very next shot the Joker walks up to him again.

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moviefan2345

Continuity mistake: When Reese is in the police SUV and Gordon is talking to the cop who's wife is in a hospital, the cop is sitting in the front passenger seat holding his gun away from his body, towards the driver's seat (the barrel goes up and to the right). When the shot changes to Gordon, you see a gun barrel in the foreground going up and to the left as if it was coming from the driver's seat.

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Continuity mistake: After the opening robbery, Gordon enters the vault, and we see the nearest cart on the left has nothing on top of it. But a moment later as Gordon is next to that cart, he drops a file on the cart, next to a stack of money that has appeared out of nowhere.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: When the Joker is telling Batman that he has Rachel and Dent in two different locations the Jokers hands on Batman's arms differ between shots.

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moviefan2345

Continuity mistake: When Lucius Fox is showing Bruce Wayne the new Batman gear, Bruce picks up an arm plate, activates it, six blades flip up and shoot out. We can see as it happens that deep 'holes' in the arm plate show where the blades had been. A second later, when he returns the arm plate to the drawer, the bat-shaped blades are back inside the arm plate, as it is nearly smooth again just like the second arm plate next to it. Two additional arm plates are shown futher to our right with their blades standing up.

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Continuity mistake: When the joker is explaining to Rachel how he got his scars a piece of confetti is under his nose, then it is gone, then it is back under his nose.

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Revealing mistake: As the SWAT guy preps a charge, the false section of the wall is outlined.

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Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: As the joker loads the second RPG we see the garbage truck back away from the SWAT van by a few feet. Camera changes to the rear of the SWAT van and the garbage truck is touching it again.

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A Demon
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Continuity mistake: On lower 5th, the SWAT driver yells lock and load. When he does he has 2 cable ties in loops on his left hand side of his jacket that are exactly equal in size, both the loop and the "tail." We see outside the van for a few seconds. When the camera returns to the driver, the loops are now different sizes as evident by one having a longer "tail".

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A Demon

Continuity mistake: When Alfred finds a match to the fingerprint we see Bruce pushing the motorbike in the background. Camera cut and Bruce has stopped pushing the bike, got on, and is sorting his helmet out.

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A Demon

Continuity mistake: When Fox is showing the sonar to Bruce, the way Bruce holds the phone changes between shots.

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A Demon

Revealing mistake: When the Joker shoots the bank manager and he stumbles to the floor, you can make out the shape of knee pads under his suit.

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A Demon

Continuity mistake: The bank manager shoots one robber in the back with the shotgun. We then see clown dive behind a counter for cover. In this shot, the manager has left the office and is a fair distance away from it. Camera cuts and he's just outside his office again.

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A Demon

Revealing mistake: Gotham General blows up but it appears to be an abandoned building. The shot pulls out after the Joker gets into the bus and you can see sky right through the building.

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manthabeat

Factual error: Harvey Two face should be incapable of pronouncing certain consonants due to the incomplete seal over his mouth. He has no such impairment.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene after Batman thwarts the Joker's attempt to kidnap Harvey Dent by making the lorry the Joker is driving crash, the Joker crawls out of the lorry, picks up a gun and starts firing. In the background on the right alongside the Joker is a shop with the sign 'Sweet Home Chicago', where the scene was filmed - it should be Gotham.

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Revealing mistake: The Lamborghini Murcielago that Bruce Wayne drives changes from a real Lambo to a fake one - in the long shot (down an alleyway) showing the Lambo at the end of the street, It's obvious the wheel base is too short and the ride height is too high. It makes no sense why they would use the fake Lambo in this shot, as the car doesn't get damaged until later in the film.

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Continuity mistake: During the chase on the Lower Fifth, the lead SWAT van is hit by Peterbilt on the passenger side (with the driver side facing the water). When the van crashes through the barrier wall and goes into the water, it is facing the wrong direction.

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DarkNITE

Revealing mistake: In the chase scene, the police helicopter appears to have NYPD markings instead of Gotham Police.

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Factual error: When Fox is talking with Lau over lunch on what is supposed to be the roof of Lau's Hong Kong office building, you can see the buildings of Chicago's McCormick Place in the background.

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