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Christian Bale: ShoWest, Young Man

The Dark Knight costars Christian Bale and Maggie Gyllenhaal join director Christopher Nolan at the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation of “The Big Picture ’08″ held at the Paris Las Vegas during ShoWest on Thursday.

Acorrding to Variety, Warner Bros. “received the most spirited applause for the footage of Dark Knight, Nolan‘s sequel to “Batman Begins.” Nolan took time to say how grateful he was to have worked with Heath Ledger, who appears in Dark Knight as the Joker. The clip played Thursday showed a sequence with Ledger.”

You’ll also want to read this article about The Dark Knight at ShoWest from The Canadian Press.

The Dark Knight opens in theaters on Friday, July 18.

15+ pictures inside of Christian Bale @ 2008′s ShoWest convention…More Here! »

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Heath Ledger's Joker is Menacing

The Clown Prince of Crime is creepy!

Here are the latest shots of Heath Ledger as the Joker and Christian Bale as Batman via AICN.

Check out this video of Today Show host Al Roker visiting the set of The Dark Knight. Roker chats with Bale, Aaron Eckhart (district attorney Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face) as well as director Christopher Nolan.

The Dark Knight has a tentative release date of July 18, 2008. Filming concluded last month.

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Christian Bale is The Dark Knight

Christian Bale captures a moment in time with his camera while shooting a scene Friday on the set of the next Batman installment The Dark Knight (currently filming in Hong Kong, China).

Director Christopher Nolan was, of course, on hand to provide direction. The film also stars Heath Ledger as the Joker, Aaron Eckhart as district attorney Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Maggie Gyllenhaal as assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes (formerly played by Katie Holmes), Michael Caine as butler Alfred Pennyworth and Morgan Freeman (pictured below) as Lucius Fox, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises.

The Dark Knight has a tentative release date of July 18, 2008. Filming will reportedly conclude by the end of this month.

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'The Dark Knight' Movie Stills

Some fantastic new pictures from the next Batman installment have surfaced!

The Dark Knight features Christian Bale reprising his role as the titular hero and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two Face (not pictured).

The Joker (Heath Ledger) can be seen holding a knife to the throat of D.A. Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Cillian Murphy (The Scarecrow in Batman Begins) also makes his return to the series. Very, very exciting!!!!!

The superhero flick opens next summer — July 18th.

UPDATE: Apologies, images removed!

You can still view them here.

Heath Ledger as The Joker -- FIRST LOOK

Here are the first close-up pictures of Aussie actor HEATH LEDGER as THE JOKER, mouth scarring and all.

Is 28-year-old Heath menacing enough as the original Joker, played by Jack Nicholson in the original Batman film?

Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight co-starring Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine is set for a July 18, 2008 release.

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