VIDEO: Heath Ledger's Joker Diary From THE DARK KNIGHT Revealed

VIDEO: Heath Ledger's Joker Diary From THE DARK KNIGHT Revealed

An excerpt from the 2012 German docu-series "Too Young To Die" showcases a scene where Kim Ledger, Heath's father speaks about his son while combing through the diary the actor kept while preparing to play the Joker.

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second part of Nolan's Batman film series and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins. Christian Bale reprises the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, with a returning cast of Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. The film introduces the character of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Gotham's newly elected District Attorney and the consort of Bruce Wayne's childhood friend Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who joins Batman and the police in combating the new rising threat of a criminal mastermind calling himself "The Joker" (Heath Ledger).

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LEVITIKUZ - 5/30/2013, 8:00 PM
The best performance in a comic book movie ever. Everyone and their mother hated the casting and yet he was not only good, he was legendarily. He did Joker better than Jack. There will never be a performance as good as Heath's Joker. He earned that Oscar.

The best performance in comic book movie history in the best movie in comic book movie history.
sephiroth211 - 5/30/2013, 8:06 PM
Sorry, this is mighty creepy.
Moohika - 5/30/2013, 8:06 PM
I don't know who is in possession of it but that thing could easily fetch $1 million dollars on EBAY
ForeverPowerful - 5/30/2013, 8:06 PM
Heath was an amazing actor. It sucks too that it took his death for a lot of people to notice him.

I know I'll never forget his Joker.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/30/2013, 8:06 PM
That is amazing. If only I could hear what the father was saying!
MrReese - 5/30/2013, 8:15 PM
Awesome find R.I.P Heath

Himura - 5/30/2013, 8:19 PM
@LEVITIKUZ For some reason I was the only one out of the people I knew that had a feeling he was gonna be great from the second they casted him. I mean, I had faith in Nolan after Begins so I figured he knew what he was doing.
TonyChu - 5/30/2013, 8:20 PM
Now that is dedication, amazing performance, amazing actor, and an amazing movie. R.I.P MR Ledger.
SageMode - 5/30/2013, 8:20 PM
The one actor that made made the TDK trilogy a hit with the public.

I still like Nicholson's Joker better. He was alot more entertaining.
TonyChu - 5/30/2013, 8:21 PM
@Khan You have been doing an amazing job with your articles. Keep it up dude.
LEVITIKUZ - 5/30/2013, 8:23 PM
Kind of like how RDJ made the Iron Man trilogy a hit with the public...
LEVITIKUZ - 5/30/2013, 8:24 PM
Yep Khan is putting old good work. May have to come back and start writing more articles. Can't let him take all of these.
jerryblake - 5/30/2013, 8:28 PM
great find Khan.

It's really cool, but also very sad.
Cool for the fans, sad for his family.
Heath went to really dark places in this one.
Imagine him acting like that for most of the time while filming the movie. Eckhart said recently that during the hospital scene he was the Joker for about an hour before they started filming. Imagine him been the Joker almost 4 - 6 hours (if not more) per day. This + his level of dedication ... it's devastating.

In one of the interviews Heath said (about the Joker)
"He thinks AIDS funny"

That basically sum up his character for me.
ALegendaryPanda - 5/30/2013, 8:28 PM
Outstanding actor. The best villain performance in a cbm ever.
ReturnOFtheBAT - 5/30/2013, 8:29 PM
the BYE BYE on the last page...chilling..
BobGarlen - 5/30/2013, 8:30 PM
it should be published and the proceeds go to ledger's parents and daughter.
Jollem - 5/30/2013, 8:34 PM
oh, that's really friggin' cool
Jollem - 5/30/2013, 8:41 PM
"The one actor that made made the TDK trilogy a hit with the public."

lol. one of many
jerryblake - 5/30/2013, 8:51 PM
Jollem right. TDK wasn't a movie for everyone. Still, even if someone didn't like the movie, he/she was praising Heath performance in it anyway.
TheRationalNerd - 5/30/2013, 8:53 PM
I always think that if Heath never passed away he would've been able to team up with scarecrow for a nod to the Knightfall saga in The Dark Knight Rises.

Just imagine the thought of having Joker's laughing gas and Scarecrow's fear gas both rumbling the streets of Gotham, plus Bane still going toe to toe with bats!

jerryblake - 5/30/2013, 8:54 PM
For some people Heath's performance as the Joker was the only thing that saved the movie.
Jollem - 5/30/2013, 8:57 PM
@jerryblake - yeah, some people say cucumbers taste better pickled. makes me no nevermind :) begins was my fave, i thought tdk was outstanding as well
TheRationalNerd - 5/30/2013, 8:58 PM
Do you guys think that Heath's joker can be topped after a performance like that?

If so what do you think the next joker should look/act like.

More wacko and silly like the Arkham games and Batman Animated series??

Or a psychopathic serial killer who adds in theatrical flavor for the hell of it?

Knightrider - 5/30/2013, 9:01 PM
Yeah, I think there is no doubting that this was a great performance, and one that'll be remembered for years to come
LP4 - 5/30/2013, 9:01 PM
Sucks he left us too soon -___-

His Joker would have been great in a World's Finest film
Christuffer - 5/30/2013, 9:05 PM
That was a very annoying voiceover by the way
patriautism - 5/30/2013, 9:08 PM
You know when people say the Dark Knight wouldn't have been anything without "heath ledgers death hype", they are at least partly right. Well their sentence is at least partly right. The Dark Knight wouldn't have been as good as it was without Heath Ledger. But he was in it, and it is fantastic, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest actors of all time for it, and other roles, plain and simple.
superherofan21 - 5/30/2013, 9:09 PM
Am I the only one who found the "Bye Bye" at the end of the journal REALLY sad? Because it was...
Rest in Peace Heath Ledger. You were a phenomenal actor who deserved to have a longer life and career. Imagine where he'd be now if he had lived.
jerryblake - 5/30/2013, 9:11 PM

more serial killer type, i guess. The kind of person who can take out anyone really close to Bruce, only to make Batman collapse.
I could see him killing Jason Todd, and making Barbara Gordon disabled in the same movie.
AlexanderLykins - 5/30/2013, 9:12 PM
What a performance by Ledger! Ledger's performance was the only thing I liked about the character. Hated the scars thing too. Although it did add a little depth to the character. His performance is what acting is all about. He immersed himself into the character and I am almost certain he will be the best Joker that we ever see on screen.
Luigi - 5/30/2013, 9:12 PM
Cool, hope to see more. Does anybody know what the voiceover is saying?
NeoBaggins - 5/30/2013, 9:14 PM
Wow. I literally just watched this on youtube, came here and here it is.

Ah, the Dark Kgnight; The reason why the average CBM has a hard time reaching a new level of movie making. If they aim higher and step their game up, maybe they can get their head from under the boot of THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/30/2013, 9:16 PM
I feel bad for the guy who takes on Joker next. Not because I don't think he can top Ledger but because of the crazed Ledger fans who will bash anyone who isn't Heath's Joker.
MercSoul - 5/30/2013, 9:18 PM
The BYE BYE of the last page was.... a little creepy .-. give me a chill
KnobGoblin - 5/30/2013, 9:19 PM
The Oscar buzz had already started on Ledger's Joker before his death, so it still would've been huge even if he hadn't died. His death just made it bitter-sweet.
TheWolverine08 - 5/30/2013, 9:20 PM
#RIP Heath Ledger, his Joker was legendary and one of the best CBM performances. If he had been alive to be in The Dark Knight Rises, it would have been WAY better.
Optimus83 - 5/30/2013, 9:23 PM
Resting in Peace Heath Ledger. ...Love Joker
thewonderer - 5/30/2013, 9:27 PM
Extremely sad.

One of the most dedicated performers in cinema history.

The Joker is a weapon in its creation.

agentawsume - 5/30/2013, 9:27 PM
Ggod dammit, why these ninjas leaving bowls of onions everywhere in my house?
NeoBaggins - 5/30/2013, 9:29 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 Yeah, that sucks and is going to be pretty annoying. But then you'll have the Nolan haters praising any and everything about the next Batman just to say its better than this one. Two brain dead groups nonetheless.

I welcome the next Batman and Joker and support them beforehand because I know it will be a difficult undertaking. Just praying the casting is good.
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