DC Comics’ “Dark Knight” starring Christian Bale as Batman, hits theaters nationwide this week (release date July 18, 2008).
Reviews lean towards the favorable reception of actor Heath Ledger’s interpretation of “The Joker” in spite of early doubt.
In his second-to-last role, Ledger had the chance to be the youngest actor to portray the Clown Prince of Crime, the Harlequin of Hate a/k/a that of the Joker, and there were concerns as to his suitability for the role.
The question might be: “Did playing the Joker wring the life force out of Ledger?”
“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” – Heath Ledger as the Joker
Upon first hearing the news of Ledger’s demise, he said, “I warned him.”
The Dark Knight: Heath Ledger’s Batman movie smashes box office records
The Joker: Torn between good and evil (NPR)
Once-skeptical Batfans embrace Heath Ledger’s Joker (FOX News)
Heath Ledger Fan Site
Heath Ledger talks Joker
YouTube Heath Ledger as Joker trailer
The Dark Knight at IMDB