Oct 182017

Let’s get one thing clear – Heath Ledger was the best Joker of all time. Everyone has heard about his commitment to this demanding role, giving a phenomenal performance in the end. But unfortunately, he never got to see the massive impact he had as he died six months before ‘The Dark Knight’ was released.

He took method acting to a whole new level to portray the role of the of the comic book villain, and he was so set on getting the perfect take he actually wanted his co-star Christian Bale to hit him during the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight.

Heath Ledger Wanted Christian Bale To Hit Him For Real In 'The Dark Knight'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a new book called ‘100 Things Batman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’ by Joseph McCabe contains interviews Bale and Nolan from around the time of the film’s release, and he spoke with Ledger in November 2007 as well. 

Bale said, “As you see in the movie, Batman starts beating the Joker and realises that this is not your ordinary foe. Because the more I beat him, the more he enjoys it. The more I’m giving him satisfaction. Heath was behaving in a very similar fashion.”

Heath Ledger Wanted Christian Bale To Hit Him For Real In 'The Dark Knight'

Since Ledger’s character had ‘a thirst for blood’, Bale said that while filming the interrogation scene, he started “egging him on”. 

He said, “I was saying, ‘You know what? I really don’t need to actually hit you. It’s going to look just as good if I don’t’. And he’s going, ‘Go on. Go on. Go on…’ He was slamming himself around, and there were tiled walls inside of that set which were cracked and dented from him hurling himself into them. His commitment was total.”

Talking about what it was like working with the late actor, Bale said, “Our first scene was in an interrogation room together, and I saw that he’s a helluva actor who’s completely committed to it and totally gets the tone that Chris [Nolan] is trying to create with this.”

Heath Ledger Wanted Christian Bale To Hit Him For Real In 'The Dark Knight'

Bale also noted that Ledger completely embraced Nolan’s vision for the film — which was a darker drama, instead of just comic book “caricatures.”

He said, “We’re treating this as serious drama. You go into character and you stay in the character. I love that. I find that so ridiculous that I love it, and I take that very seriously. Heath was definitely embracing that. When he was in the makeup and the garb he was in character the whole time; and when he took it off he was absolutely fantastic company to be around.”


Later, Ledger was posthumously awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the Joker, which was absolutely well deserved.

Aug 232017

The iconic Batman villain and one of the most enigmatic characters in comics, The Joker is just about to get his own origin story. 

Even though fans were quick to express their anger after hearing the news that an origin story was in the works, we can all at least be happy about one thing – the character won’t be played by Jared Leto in this Warner Bros film.

The Joker Origin Movie Is In The Works© DC

Martin Scorsese has been signed-on to produce this movie and, along with that, it will be directed by ‘The Hangover’s’ Todd Phillips, who will co-write the film alongside ‘8 Mile’ writer Scott Silver, according to Deadline.

While the character never had his own movie, the character has been portrayed by some incredible actors on the big screen. Back in 1960s, Cesar Romero played the character in the Batman series. 

The Joker Origin Movie Is In The Works

Then, Jack Nicholson took over the role for Tim Burton’s Batman in the 1989 movie. 

The Joker Origin Movie Is In The Works

After that, Heath Ledger even won a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the character in 2008’s The Dark Knight. 

The Joker Origin Movie Is In The Works

The Joker is currently being played by Jared Leto, and he will continue to portray the character in in the forthcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel and ‘Gotham City Sirens’, but, reportedly, a different and younger actor will be handed the role for this movie. But with Scorsese being on board, Leonardo DiCaprio probably cannot be ruled out. 

The news was met with a lot of backlash, with fans mainly arguing that the Joker doesn’t require an origin story at, that’s the point of the character. 

that Joker film is supposed to be an origin film? oh god

— Terence Johnson (@LeNoirAuteur) August 22, 2017

The whole point of the Joker is that he has no set origin story https://t.co/f63wzK8Zpc

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 22, 2017

An origin is totally unnecessary for the Joker at this point. And as in prev RT, The Dark Knight made it clear he’s scarier w/out one.

— Whitney Drake 🌈🌊 (@whitneyd) August 22, 2017

i hate the idea of joker having an origin like, we know HOW he was made but it’s so dumb for him to be like “oh look at him having a bad day

— restroom ranger ray (@batgirlofatx) August 22, 2017

But, hearing about Scorsese’s involvement, some people were still a little hopeful.

Martin Scorsese on board to produce a 1980’s Gotham City crime film based on the origins of the Joker? You have my attention… #TheJoker

— Jesabel (@JesabelRaay) August 22, 2017

Okay I’m hopeful for the Joker movie. If they are casting a new joker and Scorsese is suppose to produce then all is not lost.

— Nicole Huggins (@nikki_huggins93) August 22, 2017

DiCaprio must be playing the joker? DiNero is his father?  Where does Joe Pesci fit in?

— J Gerry (@IslandKing63) August 22, 2017

But, after Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, whoever gets signed on to play the role will have some big shoes to fill. Literally!