“Why So Serious?”
This is Joker’s most noted dialogue from the movie, The Dark Knight. This movie changed the audience’s cheer from the hero to the villain, making Joker the most favorite villain, even after years of its release. Heath Ledger played the role of the Joker in the film. He also grabbed the Oscar for the role.
The Joker became the most iconic character of all times. This was the first time a villain was gaining so much attention. Heath Ledger put in so much dedication to the character that he himself lost himself to the character even before the film released. The character of joker had possessed Ledger that he had to rely on treatment to get back to himself. But however, Ledger died due to drug overuse.
Why was this villain such a scary one?
Ledger had locked himself up away from the whole world in preparing for the character. His behavior on the sets of the movie was even not pleasing to the people working on the sets, but however Christopher Nolan, the director, believed in this character to be realistic. The scenes, particularly that when he claps his hands and his laugh sent chills on the spines of the audience.
Moreover, Ledger gave Joker a completely different outlook from that of the Joker portrayed in Batman Comics till then. The Dark Knight revealed a complete maniac in the Joker. The attitude, expressions, and monologues of the villain were so perfect that injustice was the emotion experienced more than evil. This made the movie more interesting.
At the same time, Joker of The Dark Knight was an unpredictable character. He cared less about money and was more into evil and injustice. At the same time sympathy is also drawn towards the Joker when he narrates his story about his wife and his scars. He represented a once human going insane and turning into a psychic criminal.
Ledger who was a fun-loving person, when turning himself into the character became a dark-minded person. His character even after over more than ten years is still remembered. This movie was one of the kinds of movies where the audience enjoyed the villain more than the hero. The Joker has always been seen as one of the best villains of Batman. However, Ledger took Joker to a whole new level.