20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from The Dark Knight

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Heath Ledger Could Have Played Batman


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In the run-up to Christopher Nolan’s decision to direct three Batman films, he had meetings with a number of people, including Heath Ledger. In fact, Chris was interested in Heath as a potential Batman, but the actor took himself out of the running. At the time, he told the director that he wasn’t interested in “this kind of movie.”

After seeing Batman Begins, though, Heath realized that Chris’s take on the character was worth exploring. That’s what convinced him to take the role of the Joker and turn in a truly iconic performance. The rest, as they say, is history.

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