You can’t talk about Batman without mentioning Joker. Archenemies to each other, they have some contrasting differences, yet share some very similar traits as well.
Batman is a man who uses his power and money to take down criminals on the streets of Gotham, while Joker is an intelligent villain with a peculiar appetite for destruction. Despite the clear differences, Batman and Joker also have the same traits: both are brilliant manipulators and their souls are dark.
Superheroes and villains alike are terrified of the Dark Knight, but Joker isn’t one of them. Joker has always been a favorite psychopath because you don’t know whether to laugh at his jokes or condemn his every wicked act. Since his first appearance on the big screen, The Joker has gone through serious character development, but his trait remains the same: The Joker is an insane psychopath.
As pointed by Grant Morrison, the Joker suffers from (or blessed with) a mental condition called Super Sanity, a heightened state of insanity that allows him to adapt his psyche to any of his multiple personalities. He chooses whichever personality that gives him the most advantage at any given circumstances.
In some cases, the Joker even realizes that he is just a comic character. The Joker has been portrayed by a lot of different actors, but no one played the character in the same intense way as Heath Ledger did in The Dark Knight. Heath brought us the kind of Joker worthy of the character’s frightening reputations.
You’ve seen The Dark Knight probably more times than you realize, and yet there are pretty messed-up things you probably don’t know about Heath Ledger’s Joker.
Here are 10 messed up facts we didn’t know about Heath Ledger’s Joker.
10 Heath Ledger Wanted To Be Batman
While there is no way that Joker wants to be Batman, Heath actually wanted to be the Dark Knight. Heath was auditioned for the role of Batman, but he didn’t get it. Christian Bale did. Apparently the producers had already told Heath that he wasn’t going to play Batman, but they let him try anyway.
Later on the producers decided to invite Heath again, not to play batman or work as stunt double for Bale, but to assume the role of Joker. For the producers and the actor, it turned out to be the right decision.
Heath Ledger eventually won an Oscar for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger set the bar high for any other actor to play the same character in any upcoming Batman movies. The kind of dedication he gave to the role of Joker was (and will always be) a few and far between.