Heath Ledger's Joker Resurfaces In Vintage Dark Knight Promo Photos

Heath Ledger as The Joker
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Do you know what Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises was missing? Heath Ledger’s Joker. Obviously, Nolan couldn’t do anything about his actor’s untimely death. But I’d give any sum to hear how Nolan might have used the clown prince of chaos in his trilogy capper had Ledger lived. Can you think of another character from recent movie history whom you’d like to spend just a little more time with besides Ledger’s Joker? No matter the amount of screen time he received in The Dark Knight, it never was enough.

If you agree, this will make your day. A slew of promotional images that hadn’t yet seen the light of day have surfaced, showing Ledger as he mugged for the camera in costume. Most look like he might have been posing for inclusion on a poster, or maybe a DVD case? I’ve pulled out my three favorites, but click the above link to see plenty more:

The best part about these photos is that Ledger’s is bathed in full light, allowing us to appreciate the fine details about his make up and costuming because we’re not trying to drink in the minutia while Batman is punching him in the face or throwing him around an interrogation room. As someone says in the comments section under the photos, something doesn’t look completely right in Ledger’s eyes. Let’s chalk that up to the actor losing himself in this role, which earned him his well-deserved Oscar. Sadly, it was a posthumous win, and Heath wasn’t here to run the victory lap with Nolan, Christian Bale and the Dark Knight crew. But we’ll always have his memorable portrayal of The Joker, and these stunning images are a welcome reminder of his accomplishment.

Sean O'Connell
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.