Why So Serious? In the upcoming mega box-office blockbuster-film, “The Dark Knight”, Batman is back once again to protect and save Gotham City from evil-wrongdoers. After delivering the best Batman ever in “Batman Begins”, Christian Bale returns to play both: the role of multi-millionaire enterpriser Bruce Wayne, as well as our masked-superhero, in the sequel. But ironically –and for the first time ever– Batman is not the main character of interest, in a Batman film. Brilliant Odds-makers at BodogLife.com have Heath Ledger's Betting Odds to Win an Oscar for The Joker in The Dark Knight.
In The Dark Knight, which opens in theaters across America Friday July 18th 2008, Heath Ledger played a character he referred to as: “psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.”
It has been rumored that, the way Heath Ledger prepared for this Joker role was by isolating himself from everyone, by locking himself up in a hotel room for a month.
His main objective was to formulate a Joker that was completely different from the one Jack Nicholson had interpreted in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film.
Ledger struggled with giving his character a unique identity. He spent numerous hours building his masterpiece from scratch, but eventually Ledger reinvented himself in an incredible manner; thus, giving the Joker a posture and a voice.
During an early interview on the set of The Dark Knight in Chicago, Ledger was asked the following question: “What kind of effect does playing an evil, or bad guy, character have on you? Do you absorb it?”
Ledgers’ Answer: “You know that’s just how I perform. I think just in general in life. It has that effect on me, but I’m not sure that it’s had the effect on like the rules I want to play or how I play a role. I think if anything it’s the opposite. I’m like, I have more perspective in terms of that in life and just more need to be evil now. Then to express others things through work.”