• Heath Ledger hated comic book movies until Christopher Nolan convinced him otherwise. 1 / 8

  • Prior to Dark Knight, Jack Nicholson and Mark Hamill had given memorable Joker performances. 2 / 8

  • Fans were stunned when Heath Ledger signed on to play the character in The Dark Knight. 3 / 8

  • Ledger himself hated the comic book movie genre, finding most of them boring. 4 / 8

  • That changed upon seeing Nolan's Batman Begins, which convinced him to sign for the sequel. 5 / 8

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  • Ledger and Nolan worked together to craft a terrifying, iconic character. 6 / 8

  • Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his performance, which is considered a defining portrayal. 7 / 8

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