The Joker, he’s our favorite psychopath, and despite his deranged mind, he’s one of the most beloved characters in all of comic history. There’s just something about him, maybe it’s the fact that he’s not just insane but absolutely brilliant as well. It’s one thing to disdain a madman but when you really look at how he goes about his criminal actions, it’s like watching a symphony. And everybody loves a great work of art. The Joker is definitely a memorable character in the movies and we’ve personally always found the Batman movies where he wasn’t the villain almost disappointing. No one else seems to stack up to the awe-inspiring crazy that is The Joker.
Heath Ledger was one of the youngest actors to take on the role of the Joker and did an outstanding job of portraying the man on the brink of madness, despite his predecessors. Heath Ledger’s journey into the mind of the Joker almost caused he himself to feel a sense of madness. Rumors swirled that Heath Ledger took things too far when he prepared for his role of the Joker and his obsession led to depression and soon death from an overdose. That’s speculation of course, but several people saw Heath Ledger change through his portrayal of the character. He truly left no stone unturned and gave us one of the best Jokers in movie history. Check out for yourself what it meant for Heath Ledger to truly be the man behind The Joker.
1. Heath Ledger’s Joker Terrified Michael Caine
Michael Caine has been around for several of the Batman movies, and he’s been a staple of the franchise. He’d never seen anything like Heath Ledger’s version of The Joker however, and it scared him. Many believed that Jack Nicholson was the best Joker out there, but Michael Caine admitted that there was a clear difference between the two. Jack Nicholson’s character had a sense of humor, and his makeup was almost clown-like, whereas the portrayal that Heath Ledger offered the world was one of a true psychopath. The first time that Michael Caine saw Heath Ledger in full makeup was during the elevator scene. He seemed like such a scary and horrifying psychopath that Michael Caine forgot his lines. Maggie Gyllenhaal, who was playing Batman’s love interest couldn’t even look at Heath Ledger when he came in the room. He scared them both so badly that he proved that he could truly portray a psychopath.