If you are one of the millions who claim to be Batman’s biggest fans, then you know who Heath Ledger was. Appearing with unmistakably horrifying yet flawlessly entertaining and impossible-to-forget performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight, the actor did steal the show.
While it is not unusual that a villain suddenly becomes the most significant point of interest in a movie, The Dark Knight is arguably the best “Batman” movie that can have been titled “The Joker” instead. And it is not difficult to see why.
Christian Bale indeed sets the bar so high for all other actors that will play (and have played) Batman after him, but the same thing is right to Health Ledger as well.
In the movie, Joker stole the show, make some funny dance moves while circling it, took a bite of it, spat it out, and then gave a paradoxically chilling farewell in the way that the only Joker knew how: laughing out loud while hanging upside down with assault weapons being pointed to his head.
The character and the man behind the clown face have always been interesting subjects to learn about more.
10 Heath Ledger Had His Own Makeup Formula
Unless somebody made a note detailing all the cosmetic brands he used and applying them correctly to depict Joker, it is safe to assume that no one knows what Ledger covered his face within the movie.
He came up with the idea that Joker, due to his insanity, wouldn’t exactly master the skills of a makeup artist.
Instead of resorting to professional, Ledger bought some grease paint from a Dollar Store and smeared some colors all over his face.
9 Creative Scars
Comic readers know Heath Ledger’s Joker invented one crucial thing that changed the character forever, the scars on his cheeks. Neither director Christopher Nolan’s screenplay nor any version of the DC comics mentioned anything about the spots.
In the movie, Joker repeatedly told other characters how he got the scars, but it was a different story each time.
At one time, he said it was his father who carved the “permanent smile,” while in another instance, Joker claimed to have done it himself. Even diehard purist DC fans could appreciate the creativity.