20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from The Dark Knight
The Studio Didn’t Understand the Joker Initially
Heath Ledger and Christopher Nolan’s vision for the Joker was different than anything that had been done with the character before. It’s understandable, then, that Warner Bros. was initially a little hesitant about the new approach. They didn’t know if Heath could pull off the part, given that his last major role had been playing a cowboy in Brokeback Mountain.
Fortunately, the studio trusted the people involved enough to let them take creative control. We all know what happened next. The movie made oodles of money, and Heath won an Oscar for the performance. Sometimes, studios just need to have a little bit of blind faith.