The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight was a directed, co-produced and co-written by Christopher Nolan. It’s the second installment in Nolan’s Batman trilogy. In the film, Batman, Lieutenant Gordon and DA Harvey Dent attempt to stop organised crime in Gotham. The Joker has teamed up with the Mob in order to cause chaos. Nolan was inspired by the graphic novel The Killing Joke (1988) and limited series The Long Halloween (1996). The movie was very well received. Many film critics considered The Dark Knight to be one of the greatest superhero films of all time. It became the highest grossing film of 2008 with over a billion worldwide. It received 8 Academy Awards nominations, winning Best Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor (Ledger).
It is this performance by Ledger that made The Dark Knight the best. Generally, acting in superhero movies doesn’t matter that much. Are you believable enough as the superhero your portraying is largely the standard. Ledger’s performance as the Joker was amazing. His physical movements and voice were perfect. Instead of having skin that was the result of chemical bleaching, Ledger’s Joker wore makeup. His Joker had a now trademark Glasgow smile. The makeup appears to have been put on chaotically, which accurately represents the Joker’s mental state. Ledger stated that he had used A Clockwork Orange‘s Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and Sid Vicious as inspiration for the Joker. He also used Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke and Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth.
In Heath Ledger’s diary he wrote of the Joker, “inside. He’s laughing red and black and red and black till there’s nothing left to laugh. Until, almost tenderly, he turns inside out through his mouth.” If you have read this challenge you know that the Joker is my favorite villain. This performance was masterfully crafted and it shows. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it (you can stream it on Netflix), while I think this performance of the Joker is the reason this is the best, the rest of the movie is good.