Originally Posted by Excelsior.
Heath's acting only saves that scene on the first or even the second viewing. On the third viewing it started to bother crap out of me. What happened to his other knife? Plus, those knives had some sort of super power to be able to completely and utterly silence anybody who was stabbed by it. No visual or aural cues of struggle whatsoever.
This IS nitpicking. It's a directorial choice to keep the focus on Heath, because Gambol's death is inconsequential in itself, and viscerally still works great for me thanks to Zimmer's cue. You can bet your ass that Richard King and his sound team had sound there, but the choice was made that they were not needed for the effect they wanted. Disagree with the choice if you want, but I really think they made the right call for a PG-13 Batman movie that didn't need that excess to make the scene work. This scene conveys the brutality of the Joker either way without it being gratuitous.