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First Real Photo of Joker from The Dark Knight Revealed!!

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May 20, 2007

In a very fun and very well done viral marketing campaign for the Batman Begins sequel next summer, The Dark Knight, a series of websites popped up initiating fan involvement and resulting in the first real photo of Heath Ledger as The Joker. The first website was IBelieveInHarveyDent.com which showed a campaign banner for Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. The second website, IBelieveInHarveyDentToo.com had the same campaign banner, but defaced by the Joker with an e-mail submission form, revealing one pixel each time someone signed up. After endless work and the spread of the site over the internet, the photo was revealed - read on to check it out!

Heath Ledger as The Joker

This ain't for kids - that looks pretty scary (at least I think so)! A great bit of very early buzz for the film, which is going to be one hell of a big sequel given that nearly every comic book fan ranks Batman Begins up there as one of the greatest comic book movies ever. Stay tuned for more updates as we follow the development on this sequel!

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  • James
    I think Batman begins had nothing to do with the other Batman movies. Although I respect Bale for the Equilibrium, I consider it a big mistake he accepted the role...
  • Falon
    I hate Batman Begins. It had little of anything do due with the Batman history crafted by decades of talented writers and it pisses me off every time I see it.
  • Batman Begins is by far the best Batman movie and my personal favorite comic book movie. It did everything I wanted to see in a Batman movie. It told his back story, gave him depth, complexity, and a great cast of characters to get interested in. Most of all it was Batman as a ninja that made me so proud. I don't mind the director taking things in a path away from the comics because he was able to hold onto the essence of who Batman is. This Joker pick looks incredible and reaffirms the notion that this will be a very dark Batman movie. Joker is my favorite villain in all of comic books so I am really interested in seeing how they portray him in The Dark Knight.
  • ben
    BATMAN IS FOR QUEERS
  • Maddie
    who the crap writes that shit? you cant deny what an amazing movie batman begins is. it is by far one of the best comic book movies made. its good they went back to the begining as aposed to them continuing after batman and robin which was a joke of a movie. and Bale is awsome in it. why would you say it was a big mistake he accepted the role? would you rather george clooney stayed in the role? His character was retarded there was no depth, he was just a cocky dick. where could they have possibly gone with that story line, i mean batgirl? wtf
  • Derek
    First and foremost Batman is a mortal in a criminally brutal world. Yes a fictional superhero but a human with mega millions to fight crime. So far Bale is made the only legitimate Batman portrayal in the movies. Keaton? Receding hair line..No. Val Kilmer? Blond and wimpy..No. George Clooney?..Close but no cigar. Batman Begins was excellent and shows Batman as he and his world truly are. No swinging from spiderwebs, doesn't get big and green when he gets mad, didn't come from another star system and can fly. In short, Batman rules!!!
  • mr st. clair
    um lol i have high hopes for this movie, you kno being brought up on the whole batman thing, but this wow lol.i mean he sound like he can play a good joker and i mean heath no disrespect to you but the 80's joker was and is THE joker. hate the look of um and the 1st movie let me down hard. But there is hope lol i hope good luck.........
  • Batman Begins was way better than the original batman series, come on after the first one the rest just stank big time. Batman and Robin was total shite compared to Batman Begins, personally I'm looking forward to this.
  • warlock031st
    Batman begins was truly a masterpiece in a series that could have gone downhill AGAIN very quickly. The dark atmosphere and the gritty realistic feel made it good and the background story and good acting made it great. The new movie should do excellent IF they keep the same mood and atmosphere. The other thing is with the joker being the biggest bad guy icon in the batman series they had better either keep him alaive or come up with something really good and dark if they plan to make a third off this
  • JAMES
    I HATE THE NEW DARKKNIGHT COSTUME -- THEY SHOULD DUMP IT I HATE THE NEW JOKER -- THEY SHOULD HAVE CHOSEN ADRIEN BRODY -- HE LOOKS CLOSER TO WHAT THE JOKER MAY HAVE LOOKED LIKE BEFORE THE DISFIGUREMENT -- PLUS BRODY IS A GREAT ACTOR, MUCH BETTER THAN THE OTHER GUY I HATE MAGGY GYLLENHALL PREDICTION IN SUM = BOX OFFICE BOMB
  • JAMES
    BATMAN NEW RELEASE IS BAD I HATE THE NEW DARKKNIGHT COSTUME -- THEY SHOULD DUMP IT I HATE THE NEW JOKER -- THEY SHOULD HAVE CHOSEN ADRIEN BRODY -- HE LOOKS CLOSER TO WHAT THE JOKER MAY HAVE LOOKED LIKE BEFORE THE DISFIGUREMENT -- PLUS BRODY IS A GREAT ACTOR, MUCH BETTER THAN THE OTHER GUY I HATE MAGGY GYLLENHALL PREDICTION IN SUM = BOX OFFICE BOMB
  • CORY
    All you people on here talking shit about batman begins and the dark knight can go play a nice game of hide-and-go-fuck-yourself!! Christopher Nolan has finally given SUBSTANCE to the batman franchise which was sorely missing from the Burton and Schumacher films. Nolan's Batman is plausible in a real world type of environment. That alone makes it more interesting to watch then Burton's ubergothic Batman and Schumacher's "Ohh i have a frickin gadget to get me out of every situation"-Batman. Don't get me wrong i enjoyed the original Batman, but i think true movie lovers and Batman fans alike preferred the depth of character explored in Begins and i have no doubts that Nolan will hit another grand slam with The Dark Knight. So to all the haters, just keep your mouth shut until you see the movie.
  • Imran
    I have seen the new trailer and the pics of the joker and I have to say one thing....... this is the definitive joker. Jack Nicholson's joker was ok.....BUT too much of a clown. The joker should be more of a maniac, something like the one Mark Hamill voiced in the 90's Batman Cartoon series. The original Batman movies lack character development. No one really knew who Batman and Bruce Wayne were. The movies were mainly about the villians. The Batman/ Wayne character was never developed. Nolan had done more character development to Batman/ Wayne in 1 movie compared to all Burton and Shumacher movies. Face it..... Batman movies should be focussed and developing Batman. Yes...... there will always be villians. But the main villian changes with each movie. The protagonist remains the same. Therefore, he can be further developed. Anyway..... to each, his own. I'll stick with Nolan to bring a successful formula. Can't wait for TDK to be released. I'm certain it'll be the greatest Batman flick yet.
  • Robert
    James, on October 27th, posted twice, like a noob. And, he is an idiot. There is no way in hell this will be a bomb. The first one did so well, it would be impossible not to ride that wave for at least a second one. And all you people who say that Batman Begins sucked, that's the most ridiculous thing I've heard. 370 million dollars worth of suck, huh? Morons. I'm a die hard Superman fan, but I have to give it to Nolan, THIS Batman is quickly becoming the front runner for superhero movies, if it's not already there. And Heath Ledger's last role will be remembered, for a long time to come. Just wait and see.
  • daltonvlade
    hello my name is daltonvlade. i think the fourth one was good. batman has a green outfit though not black. peace out homies
  • BING
    HA HA HE HE HA and i thought my jokes were bad. i love reading the comments on The Dark Knight before the movie came out. James wrote "BATMAN NEW RELEASE IS BAD I HATE THE NEW DARKKNIGHT COSTUME — THEY SHOULD DUMP IT I HATE THE NEW JOKER — THEY SHOULD HAVE CHOSEN ADRIEN BRODY — HE LOOKS CLOSER TO WHAT THE JOKER MAY HAVE LOOKED LIKE BEFORE THE DISFIGUREMENT — PLUS BRODY IS A GREAT ACTOR, MUCH BETTER THAN THE OTHER GUY I HATE MAGGY GYLLENHALL PREDICTION IN SUM = BOX OFFICE BOMB" i hope he was joking, if not i bet he watched the movie and feels like a total JACKASS now. lol
  • sss
    |And the narcissism to see the world remade in his own image. one of my friend place of heath cause cause he was joker love him as 3rd joker should have tobacoo in his mouth and through that cause everytime and . even while he sleep there will be scars and brown teeth like me like sometimes because of spasmo i sleep in 3 days tobacco made scars as the lipstick they cut the chemical of pooch cut actually all in sense even way more that speaking of you know how got those scars

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