– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Dark Knight has gone down in history as one of the best superhero films of all time. Heck, in the eyes of many, it’s one of the greatest films ever of all time. This was in no short part due to Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker.

Speaking with THR, actor Christian Bale discussed yet another way in which Ledger’s commitment was amazing.

“As you see in the movie, Batman starts beating the Joker and realizes that this is not your ordinary foe. Because the more I beat him the more he enjoys it. The more I’m giving him satisfaction. Heath was behaving in a very similar fashion. He was kinda egging me on. I was saying, ‘You know what, I really don’t need to actually hit you. It’s going to look just as good if I don’t.’ And he’s going, ‘Go on. Go on. Go on….’ He was slamming himself around, and there were tiled walls inside of that set which were cracked and dented from him hurling himself into them. His commitment was total.”

Of course, not long after the production for The Dark Knight wrapped, Ledger passed away. While it’s never been truly confirmed, many do point to The Joker as one of the potential reasons as to why he pushed himself to the edge. As an actor, he committed himself entirely to that character and performance, and it came across. The only danger there is that once cameras stop, it can be difficult to go back.

Regardless, this is unquestionably one of the best villains represented on film, and here’s yet another story to add to the myth that is Heath Ledger’s Joker.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.