Heath Ledger will always be remembered for his portrayal of the Joker in the movie THE DARK KNIGHT. With a wonderful script by Christopher Nolan, Ledger let his imagination wild, discovering what would move someone like the Joker if he could be a real person. What he left in the big screen was a legacy, a reinvention of a character, that until then, I thought could not be reinterpreted in any other way than what Jack Nicholson did in 1989. I was wrong. This is a whole different psychopath. One that is very likable, and very dangerous at the same time. This is not the comic book version of the villain, this is a re-imagining of a classic in a totally new universe…NOLANUNIVERSE
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TRIVIA and FUN FACTS:
- Robin Williams, Lachy Hulme, Paul Bettany, and Adrien Brody all expressed interest for the role of the Joker before Heath Ledger was cast.
- Heath Ledger was given an advanced screening of the opening bank heist scene. That six minute sequence was the only part of the completed film he saw before his death.
- Heath Ledger became very attached to his role. He would show up on the set, in full costume, even on the days he wasn’t filming.
- In preparation for his role as The Joker, Heath Ledger hid away in a motel room for about six weeks. During this extended stay of seclusion, Ledger delved deep into the psychology of the character. He devoted himself to developing The Joker’s every tic, namely the voice and that sadistic-sounding laugh (for the voice, Ledger’s goal was to create a tone that didn’t echo the work Jack Nicholson did in his 1989 performance as the Joker). Ledger’s interpretation of The Joker’s appearance was primarily based on the chaotic, disheveled look of punk rocker Sid Vicious combined with the psychotic mannerisms of Malcolm McDowell’s character, Alex De Large, from A Clockwork Orange.
- The Joker’s face paint was reportedly designed by Heath Ledger himself, who used white clown makeup and cosmetics from a drugstore. Once his design was approved, the makeup team was responsible for replicating the look each day for filming.
- The creepy way the Joker sucks at his cheeks was the result of Heath Ledger playing with the makeup they put on him. He did it constantly and the director thought it was so strange looking that they left it in as a character idiosyncrasy.
- The Joker’s mask during the initial bank robbery in 2008 THE DARK KNIGHT is almost exactly the same as the mask worn by Cesar Romero when hijacking a performance of Pagliacci in the TV series episode “Batman: The Joker Is Wild” (#1.5)” (1966).
- In the banquet scene, when the Joker and his troop arrive, the man that the Joker says reminds him of his father is Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Senator Leahy is a huge Batman fan and has lent his voice to the animated series and also had another small cameo appearance in Batman and Robin.
- Though open to debate, the restaurant scene, right when it begins with Harvey and Rachel talking, if you look to the bottom right of the screen, Heath Ledger, who is not wearing the Joker makeup, is sitting at a table with someone. No body has confirmed or denied this, but it is worth a look.
- 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.
- During the chase scene, when the Joker takes over driving the semi after his driver is killed, the bullet holes on the windshield form a smiley face.
- Heath Ledger directed both homemade videos that the Joker sends to GCN himself. The first video involving the fake Batman was done under Nolan’s supervision. Nolan thought Ledger had done so well with that sequence, he felt there was no need for him to be there when it came time to film the scene where reporter Mike Engel reads the Joker’s statement. He put his trust in Ledger and let him do whatever he wanted, ultimately pleased with the result after he’d seen the outcome.
- The Joker falling from the Prewitt building mirrors a scene from the very first Joker story in ‘Batman’ #1 (Spring, 1940) in which the Joker falls from a penthouse scaffolding, but is caught by the Batman
- Heath Ledger improvised when he started clapping inside his jail cell in a mocking and sardonic capacity as Gordon is promoted. The clapping was not scripted but Christopher Nolan immediately encouraged the crew to continue filming
- During the hospital scene, when The Joker is dressed as a nurse, his name tag reads Matilda, after Heath Ledger’s daughter Matilda Ledger.
- When the Joker tells Batman where Harvey and Rachel are being held, both addresses have hidden meaning. 250 52nd Street sounds like 50/50, an allusion to Harvey’s coin flipping. Avenue X and Cicero alludes to the fact that the Joker figured out that Rachel and “Batman” used to be an item (Avenue X (ex))