Former Bank Robber Thinks the Iconic Heist Scene from 'The Dark Knight' Is Unrealistic
Former bank robber Cain Vincent Dyer finds the epic robbery scene of 2008 Blockbuster The Dark Knight unrealistic, according to his personal experience.
Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight is the hallmark of superhero films, and its introductory sequence is etched in cinema's hall of fame.
The Iconic Opening Bank Heist Scene
The starting scene in which Heath Ledger's Joker oversees a grim, brutal bank heist is one of the most extraordinary robbery scenes of the century.
Throughout the heist, the Joker has recruited all the bank robbers and instructed them to kill each other in secret so that he can steal the entire loot.
Even if The Dark Knight's opening sequence wasn't part of a film and was released as a five-minute solo clip, it would still be a classic.
And if there were no links to Batman, this bank heist would make for an exciting crime short with plenty of twists and turns. It also has an outstanding starting, middle, and end of its own.
Although the movie is an ultimate Batman movie, the film’s opening scene does not feature Batman. The Joker and his team successfully rob a bank, with the protagonist unable to intervene.
The sequence comes to a close with one of the all-time great villain introductions. The last remaining joker removes his mask, unveiling himself to be The Joker!
Former Robber Says the Scene Is Unrealistic
In a recent YouTube video uploaded by Insider on April 27, 2021, former heist master Vincent Dyer looks at eleven bank robbery scenes from Hollywood’s popular TV shows and movies. Among them is The Dark Knight’s fantastic heist scene.
Even if the sequence is one of the epic heists to date, the expert robber believes otherwise. According to Vincent Dyer, it is unrealistic and unachievable.
He stated, “We have to keep in mind that, this movie, everything about this movie is supposed to be over the top.” He said that the big vault shown in the movie could not be broken by ordinary people except for the US military.
However, he revealed that certain intricate safe locks in the banks are kept open during rush hours so that the employees can have access to them.
The former robber also mentioned that if he saw a vault as shown in the movie, he would pass unless he found a manual for the opening hours of the safe.
According to his experience, it would have taken him a considerable amount of time to break into that. “That’s not like a three or four-minute deal,” he added.
After a scene where a bank worker fires shots at the robbers, Vincent Dyer said that the banks do not have access to weapons unless they are armed security guards.
Eventually, Vincent Dyer rated the scene as 1 out of 10 in terms of realism.
Vincent Dyer worked for the US Marine Corps. After a Mexican cartel threatened his family, he turned to bank robbery. After being caught on CCTV packing cash into a bag worn on his face, he was nicknamed the 'Kangaroo Bandit.'
Between 1999 and 2001, he claims to have robbed over 100 banks across California. After pleading guilty to six robberies, he finally turned himself in and spent nine years in jail.
He currently works as a life coach and motivational speaker, assisting recently released inmates reintegrating back into society. In addition, he is a co-founder of two production firms.