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New behind the scenes pictures of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker from The Dark Knight

Jul. 11, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

The Dark Knight

Like most fans, I was extremely disappointed with the details on The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition box set. I was really hoping for more special features, especially about Heath Ledger and his portrayal of the Joker. Who knows what behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes and/or interviews they have with the late actor, and it's a shame they won't be included with the box set. It's something fans would really enjoy, much more than the cheap looking toys that come with the Ultimate Collector's Edition.

The Spanish website Vanitatis did a piece recently on Justo Dieguez, the creator of the fighting style known as Keysi that is used in all three of Christopher Nolan's Batman films. The article included two behind the scenes pictures of Heath Ledger as the Joker, one of which has never been seen before. There's also a previously unseen image of Dieguez with Christian Bale as Batman, but obviously people are going to be much more interested in the Heath Ledger pictures.

Heath Ledger BTS as the Joker 1

Heath Ledger BTS as the Joker 2

Christian Bale BTS as Batman

It's tragic what happened to Heath Ledger, and even if you don't like THE DARK KNIGHT it's pretty clear that Heath Ledger gave it his all as the Joker. We'll probably never know how much playing the psychotic character took its toll on the actor, but his performance will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time, and not just compared to other comic book movies.

So instead of starting a war in the Strike Back about THE DARK KNIGHT being overrated or pissing on Nolan fans for being too loyal, lets use this time to remember and appreciate a great actor that left us far too soon.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think we'll ever see another big screen version of the Joker?

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2:18AM on 07/12/2013
Loved the fighting style Batman used in the Nolan-verse films. Before that, you never really saw Batman actually engage in a proper physical fight while in the Batsuit because it was always so encumbering. The most he could do would be to throw a punch awkwardly. It's also very nice to see more behind the scenes photos of Heath Ledger. I think a good special feature for a future Blu-ray release would be a retrospective documentary commemorating him. The DVD of Justice League Doom had a similar
Loved the fighting style Batman used in the Nolan-verse films. Before that, you never really saw Batman actually engage in a proper physical fight while in the Batsuit because it was always so encumbering. The most he could do would be to throw a punch awkwardly. It's also very nice to see more behind the scenes photos of Heath Ledger. I think a good special feature for a future Blu-ray release would be a retrospective documentary commemorating him. The DVD of Justice League Doom had a similar tribute/documentary for the late Dwayne McDuffie.
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11:25PM on 07/11/2013
Now to photoshop Dieguez out and myself in...
Now to photoshop Dieguez out and myself in...
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5:57PM on 07/11/2013
I didn't like the film, true. However, thanks for the pictures they are fascinating to see! Because even to me I think it's irrelivent if I like TDKR. Heath Ledger was brilliant and my issues with the film never had anything to do with him anyway.
I didn't like the film, true. However, thanks for the pictures they are fascinating to see! Because even to me I think it's irrelivent if I like TDKR. Heath Ledger was brilliant and my issues with the film never had anything to do with him anyway.
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5:42PM on 07/11/2013
Great pics. Tidbit: You gotta bring back the Joker if you're gonna have Harley Quinn, and that's where I'd like them to go. Maybe not with the first one post-Nolan, but 2nd or 3rd would be great.
Great pics. Tidbit: You gotta bring back the Joker if you're gonna have Harley Quinn, and that's where I'd like them to go. Maybe not with the first one post-Nolan, but 2nd or 3rd would be great.
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3:28PM on 07/11/2013
I can't picture anyone taking on the role. At least not for a long time. That said I'm 100% certain it will happen.

If they plan on continuing with Batman, which is a certainty, then you have to have the Joker. But you don't need him right off the,er, bat. Just drop some hints or foreshadowing about the character in 2-3 movies before he actually shows up. That could give you 4-6 years before you have to introduce a new actor in the part and help to build a fleshed out world where things
I can't picture anyone taking on the role. At least not for a long time. That said I'm 100% certain it will happen.

If they plan on continuing with Batman, which is a certainty, then you have to have the Joker. But you don't need him right off the,er, bat. Just drop some hints or foreshadowing about the character in 2-3 movies before he actually shows up. That could give you 4-6 years before you have to introduce a new actor in the part and help to build a fleshed out world where things exist beyond just the action in front of you, which is a big part of comic books and of what Marvel has done successfully with its films thus far.
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2:15PM on 07/11/2013
Excellent story for once instead of whats been posted the last couple days. These are great pics of Heath & shows he had a blast making the film. It is probably one of the most memorable villiain perfomrances of all time, not just in a comic film. He definitely deserved the oscar.
Excellent story for once instead of whats been posted the last couple days. These are great pics of Heath & shows he had a blast making the film. It is probably one of the most memorable villiain perfomrances of all time, not just in a comic film. He definitely deserved the oscar.
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2:02PM on 07/11/2013
This role did not affect him. Gary Oldman said it. Many others as well said the same thing. Note that "The Dark Knight" was not Heath's last movie. Heath died during the making of "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus".

The picture taken of Heath: [link] ">
This role did not affect him. Gary Oldman said it. Many others as well said the same thing. Note that "The Dark Knight" was not Heath's last movie. Heath died during the making of "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus".

The picture taken of Heath: [link]
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12:20PM on 07/11/2013

Talent gone way too soon

As much as I enjoyed Rises I cannot help but wonder what the 3rd installment would have been like if Ledger had not passed away. It was quite obvious his character was intended to be in the 3rd movie. That being said, I liked that Nolan didn't compromise the end of the 2nd movie on the heels of Ledger's tragic death.
As much as I enjoyed Rises I cannot help but wonder what the 3rd installment would have been like if Ledger had not passed away. It was quite obvious his character was intended to be in the 3rd movie. That being said, I liked that Nolan didn't compromise the end of the 2nd movie on the heels of Ledger's tragic death.
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12:20PM on 07/11/2013
These pictures really take you back to the time Dark Knight was released. It's a shame that he died. He truly was a one of a kind actor and he would have only gotten better and better.

His portrayal of The Joker is iconic and will go down as one of the greatest performances of all time for ANY film. I'm sure the next actor to portray Joker will respect what Heath did and do their own version of the character.

Anyway, RIP Heath.
These pictures really take you back to the time Dark Knight was released. It's a shame that he died. He truly was a one of a kind actor and he would have only gotten better and better.

His portrayal of The Joker is iconic and will go down as one of the greatest performances of all time for ANY film. I'm sure the next actor to portray Joker will respect what Heath did and do their own version of the character.

Anyway, RIP Heath.
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12:00PM on 07/11/2013

Miss Him

I worked with heath for a few days on set of TDK and he was amazing. A very humble, nice, and enthusiastic person. To me, he wasn't affected by this role at all. When Nolan called CUT he was Heath again, goofing around and riding around on one of the PA's skateboards. I talked to him for a few minutes at the one of the after parties a few weeks before wrap and he was so nice. He made a really funny face on the picture. A great talent and a great person. Rest in Piece Heath, it really sucks
I worked with heath for a few days on set of TDK and he was amazing. A very humble, nice, and enthusiastic person. To me, he wasn't affected by this role at all. When Nolan called CUT he was Heath again, goofing around and riding around on one of the PA's skateboards. I talked to him for a few minutes at the one of the after parties a few weeks before wrap and he was so nice. He made a really funny face on the picture. A great talent and a great person. Rest in Piece Heath, it really sucks you're gone.
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11:36AM on 07/11/2013
Nice BTS pics. Like you, I am also let down by the Collector's edition. As for special features, I wouldn't mind seeing more Heath and Tom Hardy, especially with the Bane origins scenes.
Nice BTS pics. Like you, I am also let down by the Collector's edition. As for special features, I wouldn't mind seeing more Heath and Tom Hardy, especially with the Bane origins scenes.
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11:11AM on 07/11/2013

The next Joker...

Remember when Jack Nicholson played the Joker and everyone was amazed and no one was going to top his performance? Ledger came along and did just that... You see the thing is that the character of The Joker is bigger than both these actors. The Joker will live on for as long as Batman does and of course, will eventually reappear. I'm sure the next actor who plays the character will bring his own style that will have everyone talking about how amazing his performance was...
Remember when Jack Nicholson played the Joker and everyone was amazed and no one was going to top his performance? Ledger came along and did just that... You see the thing is that the character of The Joker is bigger than both these actors. The Joker will live on for as long as Batman does and of course, will eventually reappear. I'm sure the next actor who plays the character will bring his own style that will have everyone talking about how amazing his performance was...
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11:37AM on 07/11/2013
I know it'll never happen... but I always wanted to see Mark Hamill do a live action joker. Purple suit and green hair, the whole 9 you know? We've really never seen him as anything except Luke Skywalker and I could see him chewing up scenery and surprising us all.
I know it'll never happen... but I always wanted to see Mark Hamill do a live action joker. Purple suit and green hair, the whole 9 you know? We've really never seen him as anything except Luke Skywalker and I could see him chewing up scenery and surprising us all.
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11:08AM on 07/11/2013

pissssssssssssss...

I couldn't hold it. Sorry.
I couldn't hold it. Sorry.
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11:11AM on 07/11/2013
And even though I think TDK was overrated, I think Ledger's performance was not. He was a revelation in that part. :)
And even though I think TDK was overrated, I think Ledger's performance was not. He was a revelation in that part. :)
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11:02AM on 07/11/2013

Tidbit....

It's inevitable we'll see another Joker, but I'd imagine a more clown prince, Nicholson type, Joker. I can't picture an actor attempting what Ledger accomplished....
It's inevitable we'll see another Joker, but I'd imagine a more clown prince, Nicholson type, Joker. I can't picture an actor attempting what Ledger accomplished....
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11:00AM on 07/11/2013

Miss Him

I worked with heath for a few days on set of TDK and he was amazing. A very humble, nice, and enthusiastic person. To me, he wasn't affected by this role at all. When Nolan called CUT he was Heath again, goofing around and riding around on one of the PA's skateboards. I talked to him for a few minutes at the one of the after parties a few weeks before wrap and he was so nice. He made a really funny face on the picture. A great talent and a great person. Rest in Piece Heath, it really sucks
I worked with heath for a few days on set of TDK and he was amazing. A very humble, nice, and enthusiastic person. To me, he wasn't affected by this role at all. When Nolan called CUT he was Heath again, goofing around and riding around on one of the PA's skateboards. I talked to him for a few minutes at the one of the after parties a few weeks before wrap and he was so nice. He made a really funny face on the picture. A great talent and a great person. Rest in Piece Heath, it really sucks you're gone.
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10:46AM on 07/11/2013

Sad but True

I've worked with someone who was on the production end of TDK, and TDKR. I asked him about the possibility of bloopers/extra takes being included in upcoming DVD/Bluray releases. His response was basically, "unlikely, Chris has a vision, and he feels that the audience should only see the film a certain way. Any alternate takes, or outtakes can tarnish the integrity of the final product." While I agree somewhat, I would pay any amount of money to watch the dailies from TDK, just to see how
I've worked with someone who was on the production end of TDK, and TDKR. I asked him about the possibility of bloopers/extra takes being included in upcoming DVD/Bluray releases. His response was basically, "unlikely, Chris has a vision, and he feels that the audience should only see the film a certain way. Any alternate takes, or outtakes can tarnish the integrity of the final product." While I agree somewhat, I would pay any amount of money to watch the dailies from TDK, just to see how Ledger worked as that character. Maybe in 20 years when Nolan looses his grip, WB will release the footage from the vaults.
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3:35PM on 07/11/2013
That's something I appreciate about Nolan. Many lesser, more pretentious artists tell the audience the movie is whatever they think it means. Which is total bullshit and a complete cop out. It's cool Nolan has a vision and wants to present only that vision. Otherwise, what the fuck are you getting paid for? I want to see the director's vision or interpretation of the material, not a cinematic [link]
That's something I appreciate about Nolan. Many lesser, more pretentious artists tell the audience the movie is whatever they think it means. Which is total bullshit and a complete cop out. It's cool Nolan has a vision and wants to present only that vision. Otherwise, what the fuck are you getting paid for? I want to see the director's vision or interpretation of the material, not a cinematic [link]
10:46AM on 07/11/2013
People who worked on The Dark Knight don't know how lucky they are to be associated with the movie. That being said, I can hardly think of who can top Ledger's performance as The Joker. That person who will be the new Joker (if there is one), whoever that is, has a very very large shoes to fill.
People who worked on The Dark Knight don't know how lucky they are to be associated with the movie. That being said, I can hardly think of who can top Ledger's performance as The Joker. That person who will be the new Joker (if there is one), whoever that is, has a very very large shoes to fill.
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10:42AM on 07/11/2013
Cool pics. We'll inevitably get another iteration of the Joker on the big screen. If WB follows through with what they say and have a reboot out by 2016, I'm sure they'll have the Joker in there somewhere. Whether it's as good or better than Ledger's protrayal, who knows? It would be nice to see no one ever do Joker again and let Ledger's portrayal remain as the definitive characterization of Joker on the big screen, kind of like retiring an athlete's jersey.
Cool pics. We'll inevitably get another iteration of the Joker on the big screen. If WB follows through with what they say and have a reboot out by 2016, I'm sure they'll have the Joker in there somewhere. Whether it's as good or better than Ledger's protrayal, who knows? It would be nice to see no one ever do Joker again and let Ledger's portrayal remain as the definitive characterization of Joker on the big screen, kind of like retiring an athlete's jersey.
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10:34AM on 07/11/2013

What's the big deal?

I don't get what the big deal is to have special features from 'The Dark Knight', what kind of way is it to honour the guy by keeping the behind the scenes stuff hidden? On paper, it sounds like a great thing to respect Heath by not releasing the stuff, probably feels like ur stepping on his memory or something by capitalizing on the special features. Sorry buddy but the movie is already doing that. What's the big deal, just release any behind the scenes stuff you have on this movie?
I don't get what the big deal is to have special features from 'The Dark Knight', what kind of way is it to honour the guy by keeping the behind the scenes stuff hidden? On paper, it sounds like a great thing to respect Heath by not releasing the stuff, probably feels like ur stepping on his memory or something by capitalizing on the special features. Sorry buddy but the movie is already doing that. What's the big deal, just release any behind the scenes stuff you have on this movie?
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10:44AM on 07/11/2013
My guess is The Ledger family want to keep things under the radar which is sad really. I don't know Heath Ledger personally but I'm sure he wants his fans to enjoy his works.
My guess is The Ledger family want to keep things under the radar which is sad really. I don't know Heath Ledger personally but I'm sure he wants his fans to enjoy his works.
10:22AM on 07/11/2013
Really miss him.what TDK is today is because of Him and his performance.Tidbit : would like to see Brad pitt as Joker since he did a great job as Tyler durden- [link]
Really miss him.what TDK is today is because of Him and his performance.Tidbit : would like to see Brad pitt as Joker since he did a great job as Tyler durden- [link]
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10:21AM on 07/11/2013
Really miss him.what TDK is today is because of Him and his performance.Tidbit : would like to see Brad pitt as Joker since he did a great job as Tyler durden - [link]
Really miss him.what TDK is today is because of Him and his performance.Tidbit : would like to see Brad pitt as Joker since he did a great job as Tyler durden - [link]
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10:20AM on 07/11/2013

God I miss him...

Like Brandon Lee (20 years ago already), and though the talent between the 2 is not comparable, this is a fav of mine I don't think I'll ever get over. Whenever "10 THINGS...." is on I stop in my tracks with whatever I'm doing and watch...
Like Brandon Lee (20 years ago already), and though the talent between the 2 is not comparable, this is a fav of mine I don't think I'll ever get over. Whenever "10 THINGS...." is on I stop in my tracks with whatever I'm doing and watch...
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10:12AM on 07/11/2013

Haha

I laughed so much to his Grinch pose in the second photo, just brilliant.

RIP fella.
I laughed so much to his Grinch pose in the second photo, just brilliant.

RIP fella.
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10:08AM on 07/11/2013

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without a doubt, the character is too notorious for there not to be another big screen adaptation of him.

Love the pics, just makes me wonder "what if?" Heath was alive for DKR and other potential roles he would have gotten.
without a doubt, the character is too notorious for there not to be another big screen adaptation of him.

Love the pics, just makes me wonder "what if?" Heath was alive for DKR and other potential roles he would have gotten.
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10:59AM on 07/11/2013
DKR had its flaws, granted, but I think, and through no fault of its own, it was and always will live in Ledger's shadow. It was just impossible to follow up on the legacy he left....
DKR had its flaws, granted, but I think, and through no fault of its own, it was and always will live in Ledger's shadow. It was just impossible to follow up on the legacy he left....
11:16AM on 07/11/2013
Ya think? I dunno, 10 years down the line when the series is rebooted (again) you'd have to include the joker character, it wouldn't be batman otherwise.

As a future actor living in the shadow, ya there's always that thought, but didn't we all think the same when Ledger was announced as the Joker? That'd he be living in Jack's (and to a lesser extent Mark Hammil's Animated Series Joker) shadow. Plus it would be interesting to see another actor give their take on the character (for better or
Ya think? I dunno, 10 years down the line when the series is rebooted (again) you'd have to include the joker character, it wouldn't be batman otherwise.

As a future actor living in the shadow, ya there's always that thought, but didn't we all think the same when Ledger was announced as the Joker? That'd he be living in Jack's (and to a lesser extent Mark Hammil's Animated Series Joker) shadow. Plus it would be interesting to see another actor give their take on the character (for better or worse).
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