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07.19.2012by: Chris Bumbray

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8:46PM on 07/19/2012

I'm like a dog chasing a car....

...when I catch it I just dont know what to do with myself. What an amazing performance. I have never been more blown away by an actor than when I saw TDK opening night. I always liked Ledger but I NEVER thought he had something like this in him. I trusted Nolan and waited patiently till the movie opened and then the rest is history. I love that he had no origin. He is just an unnatural force of nature that comes in an turns the city upside down. He's the scariest kind of villain because he
...when I catch it I just dont know what to do with myself. What an amazing performance. I have never been more blown away by an actor than when I saw TDK opening night. I always liked Ledger but I NEVER thought he had something like this in him. I trusted Nolan and waited patiently till the movie opened and then the rest is history. I love that he had no origin. He is just an unnatural force of nature that comes in an turns the city upside down. He's the scariest kind of villain because he does it just because he enjoys it. He wants nothing else but to see the world burn. You can't reason with him, you can't control him and if you kill him then he has won. As sad as it is I'm glad that Ledger gave us this performance before he left us. You can speculate all night about what other awesome roles he could have done if he was still alive but in the end he will always be remembered for this.

Best scene for me is the interrogation. Bale and Ledger masterfully play off each other. Ledger's eerily calm essence against the boiling pot of rage that is building in Bale. I love seeing Joker push Batman over the edge in this scene. Batman tried to fight the Joker the only way he knew how and it failed. He is literally at his wit's end and Bale executes that perfectly. I get chills everytime I hear Joker's line "You have nothing! Nothing you can do to me with all your strength". The psycho is being beat to death by a man in a bat suit and he isn't frightened in the least. He treats it like it's a sick joke which to me is the essence of The Joker character. Nicholson was great at the time but he played the campy side of the Joker. To him stuff was funny for no real reason. With Ledger's Joker the joke is that this supposed ruled and ordered society is actually sick and twisted on the inside just like him.
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8:08PM on 07/19/2012
He won an Oscar for the role, enough said, glad it was number 1.
He won an Oscar for the role, enough said, glad it was number 1.
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7:07PM on 07/19/2012
No, no no no. I kill the bus driver.
What a great first line.


No, no no no. I kill the bus driver.
What a great first line.


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5:38PM on 07/19/2012
Saw this coming, but it's well deserved. I would also argue that Ledger's Joker is one of the all time great performances. It's one thing for another actor to become a character, but for an actor to take such an iconic role, something like this with a comic book villain, and turn it into something much more, something with depth and realism, is quite an amazing feat. Legder's Joker is a villain that, while exaggerated, seems like he could exist, and is a truly frightening character. It is
Saw this coming, but it's well deserved. I would also argue that Ledger's Joker is one of the all time great performances. It's one thing for another actor to become a character, but for an actor to take such an iconic role, something like this with a comic book villain, and turn it into something much more, something with depth and realism, is quite an amazing feat. Legder's Joker is a villain that, while exaggerated, seems like he could exist, and is a truly frightening character. It is unfortunate and sad we lost Ledger right after he delivered the performance of his career, but he went out a legend: giving just that, the performance of his career.
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4:08PM on 07/19/2012
There is no way that De Vito's Penguin should be below the Scarecrow, Eckhart's Two-Face, or maybe even Al Ghul. Batman Returns is second only to TDK in terms of Batman movies (IMO of course). Great list though.
There is no way that De Vito's Penguin should be below the Scarecrow, Eckhart's Two-Face, or maybe even Al Ghul. Batman Returns is second only to TDK in terms of Batman movies (IMO of course). Great list though.
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4:52PM on 07/19/2012
Sorry but that take on the Penguin was horrible. Burton took the animal gimmicks too far.
Sorry but that take on the Penguin was horrible. Burton took the animal gimmicks too far.
3:30PM on 07/19/2012

Ledger gave too much?

Contrary to popular (and sensationalized) belief, I really don't think Heath Ledger's role in TDK had AS MUCH to do with his unfortunate, tragic death as we all thought. In interview after interview, Ledger is described as having an incredible amount of fun with his role as the Joker. He loved coming to work everyday and giving his all to the part (which is one of things he regretted not doing with other movies he'd been in). Yes, his preparation for the part was a little over the top, but I'm
Contrary to popular (and sensationalized) belief, I really don't think Heath Ledger's role in TDK had AS MUCH to do with his unfortunate, tragic death as we all thought. In interview after interview, Ledger is described as having an incredible amount of fun with his role as the Joker. He loved coming to work everyday and giving his all to the part (which is one of things he regretted not doing with other movies he'd been in). Yes, his preparation for the part was a little over the top, but I'm not too sure that acting as the psychopathic, cruel, disturbing Joker contributed, again, AS MUCH to his death than we originally thought. He definitely never sounded like he was becoming depressed or troubled as a result of it. But just speculation and educated guesses on my part, the real tragedy is that he was taken from us wayyyyy too young. R.I.P. Heath Ledger
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3:27PM on 07/19/2012
There's just no one else who can fill the No.1 spot in a list like this other than The Joker. And all Ledger's performance did was cement the character as an icon in this era of filmmaking. My favorite Joker scene has to be during the prologue of TDK. Such a powerful introduction to Batman's greatest foe. The fact that The Joker fears nothing, wants nothing, and works for no one alone is enough to solidify his spot at No.1. He's just not your average criminal.
There's just no one else who can fill the No.1 spot in a list like this other than The Joker. And all Ledger's performance did was cement the character as an icon in this era of filmmaking. My favorite Joker scene has to be during the prologue of TDK. Such a powerful introduction to Batman's greatest foe. The fact that The Joker fears nothing, wants nothing, and works for no one alone is enough to solidify his spot at No.1. He's just not your average criminal.
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2:41PM on 07/19/2012
"Let her go."
"Ooo, poor choice of words."
That sums it up for me.
"Let her go."
"Ooo, poor choice of words."
That sums it up for me.
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2:39PM on 07/19/2012
A tip of the hat, and a ton of respect to Mr Ledger. What a legacy he left behind with this performance.
A tip of the hat, and a ton of respect to Mr Ledger. What a legacy he left behind with this performance.
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2:31PM on 07/19/2012
IMO, the best Joker moment is when he says "It's a funny world we live in". The line, along with his delivery and cinematography perfectly captures the psyche of The Joker. Just look at it:
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IMO, the best Joker moment is when he says "It's a funny world we live in". The line, along with his delivery and cinematography perfectly captures the psyche of The Joker. Just look at it:
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1:16PM on 07/19/2012
Ledger's Joker, Anton Chigurh, Darth Vader? GO.
Ledger's Joker, Anton Chigurh, Darth Vader? GO.
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1:46PM on 07/19/2012
Joker. Easy win. By comparison Darth is a bumbling fool.
Joker. Easy win. By comparison Darth is a bumbling fool.
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1:10PM on 07/19/2012
Who wouldn't see this coming? The highlight of the late Ledger's Joker, to me, is when he was in the Interrogation Room with Batman and Joker started to go his crazy style to mess with Batman's head.
Who wouldn't see this coming? The highlight of the late Ledger's Joker, to me, is when he was in the Interrogation Room with Batman and Joker started to go his crazy style to mess with Batman's head.
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