The Joker is a fictional character who appears in Christopher Nolan’s 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight.
This movie is based on the DC Comics character. He was played by Australian actor Heath Ledger. The Joker is a murderer with a sadistic sense of humor.
The Joker is trying to eliminate Batman (played by Christian Bale), James Gordon (played by Gary Oldman), and Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart) to rid Gotham City of crime.
Heath Ledger’s interpretation of the character is specifically influenced by the graphic novels Batman: The Killing Joke and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth.
The Joker wears the character’s traditional color palette, and his facial appearance includes clown makeup that covers facial scars of a Glasgow smile.
The Joker is considered Ledger’s best performance and this movie lead to his death at the age of 28. The film was released six months after Heath Ledger died from drug overdose.
He received numerous posthumous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Ledger’s death affected the marketing campaign for The Dark Knight.
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