Spoilers can open up your whole world, letting you see the bigger picture - like when you find out how Darth Vader and his secret apprentice first meet and form a special bond in the next Star Wars video game. Or when you learn the secret name of Dr. Horrible, the hero/villain of Joss Whedon's new online musical. And every new pearl of wisdom from the Joker's lips makes The Dark Knight sound more and more fantastic. (There should be a book of them.) Telling details also make Watchmen, Chuck, Heroes, Stargate: Atlantis and The Middleman sound bigger and more fascinating. That's spoilers - the zoom lens of your mind.
The Dark Knight:
The Dark Knight's "third act" involves multiple tense hostage situations, and it's not just a huge concluding fight scene. [Comic Book Resources]
More Joker-isms from the film: "You can't let me go." "In their last moments, people show you who they really are." The Joker does a deadly and stomach-churning "pencil trick" when he introduces himself to a room full of Gotham mobsters. He induces city-wide evacuations and "social experiments" that involve driving citizens to kill each other. [New York Post]
It's almost as if director Zack Snyder read our rant about how superhero odyssey Watchmen should be about the history of superhero movies the way the original graphic novel was about comics history. (Although I'm sure he didn't.) In an interview with Collider, he mentions that Ozymandias' costume has nipples on it like the Joel Schumacher Batsuit, and this is part of an effort to acknowledge "where comic book movies are right now," the same way the graphic novel did for comics. Color me intrigued, actually. [Collider via Comic Book Resources]