This year marks the 10th anniversary of the comic book movie that still resonates with audiences today. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight wasn’t just a testament of comic book movie filmmaking, but a testament of filmmaking as a whole, as it showed great elements of a classic crime thriller.
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One of the big reasons the film worked as well as it did was because of Heath Ledger’s chilling portrayal of the Joker. Yesterday, in memory of Heath Ledger’s death, BBC Radio 1 published an interview with Nolan, who reflected on his work with Ledger. In the interview, he discussed how Heath went about created the Joker, and just how much was a collaboration between actor and director, and how much was pure Heath.
“A lot of what Heath did, he would discuss with me — he would sort of give me hints of what he was going to do, and we would talk about it a bit, and I would try and be an audience or sort of gauge with him. But a lot of it was about unpredictability, and I think he wanted to play his cards a little close to the chest. So he would very gradually reveal to me the voice and the way he was going to do things, but not in one go, ‘Like here’s the Joker.’
“On set, there were always moments like the clapping, or things he would do with his voice. His voice was so unpredictable. He created this bizarre pitch that I’ve seen a lot people try to imitate it since. You never quite knew whether he was going to go high or was going to go low. You never knew what that guy was going to do, and that’s what was terrifying about it.”
In many ways, this amazing portrayal of the Joker was a double-edged sword. As great as it was, it made making its follow-up film, The Dark Knight Rises, all the more difficult, as it had to somehow live up to that high mark that Heath Ledger set. As great of an actor as Tom Hardy is, his Bane wasn’t able to make it work as well, and despite the film still being solid, it disappointed many fans.
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SOURCE: BBC Radio 1