Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger’s Sister Says Playing the Joker Didn’t Torment Him

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by Charles Bramesco 9 hours ago
Warner Bros.
People like a legend. When Heath Ledger died of a prescription drug overdose in January 2008, he had just completed principal photography on his Academy Award-winning role of the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s grown-up Batman flick The Dark Knight. With zero foundation in confirmed public knowledge, a narrative sprung up around Ledger’s troubled final days, that the psychological demands of portraying a figure as sick and twisted as the Joker weighed too heavily on the actor. The apocryphal notion that the role ultimately drove Ledger to suicide is way off the mark, however, explains Ledger’s sister Kate.

‘The Daily Show’ Realizes Trump Is Somehow Also Heath Ledger’s Joker

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 27, 2017 @ 9:27 AM
Comedy Central
There’s a certain theatrical nihilism to Donald Trump that lends itself well to Batman’s greatest nemesis, as we’ve seen Mark Hamill repeatedly demonstrate with his Joker-ized take on Trump tweets. As it turns out, the parallel works eerily well with other Jokers, as The Daily Show discovers with horrifying precision.

10 Controversial Comic Book Movie Castings -- Besides Ben Affleck as Batman

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by Nick Nadel August 23, 2013 @ 3:00 PM
Fox/Warner Bros/Miramax
When it comes to comic book movie castings, this sort of outrage is nothing new. Just about every announcement comes with some sort of protest, as comic book fans have their own preconceived notions of what the big screen version of their favorite hero or villain should look and sound like.

Rare 'Dark Knight' Publicity Photos Show Off Heath Ledger as the Joker

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by Nick Romano September 20, 2012 @ 4:54 PM
Warner Bros.
It's bittersweet to think that 'The Dark Knight Rises' marked the end of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, considering many moviegoers were in agreement that it was not only the highlight of the summer, but also the best of the three films. And yet, it's sad to see it come to an end.
On the other hand, there's still more images and footage to be seen. 'The Dark Knight Rises' DVD and Blu-ray edition hits this December 3, and will be filled with a lot of extras everyone can enjoy. But while we're waiting to purchase what will most likely be a treasured edition to our movie libraries, newly released photos of a rarely seen photo shoot for 'The Dark Knight' give us a closer look at another iconic moment from the movie trilogy -- Heath Ledger in full Joker makeup and costume.

Lena Headey in 'Dredd' + Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight' -- Dead Ringers?

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by Nick Romano July 25, 2012 @ 1:06 PM
Lionsgate/Warner Bros.
When we were at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, we got to see a screening of the upcoming action flick 'Dredd.' While we didn't get a close look at our guy Karl Urban, (duh, 'cause he kept his helmet on for the entire film) we did get a close-up snapshot of Lena Headey as Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal. Let's just say, we were a little more than frightened.