This unpredictability just adds another layer to the mythos of Heath Ledger’s Joker. Fans largely dismissed the actor when he was first cast, only to now revere him as one of, if not the greatest part of the 2008 film. Heath Ledger was famously committed to the role, even convincing Christian Bale to hit him during a scene. In the wake of the actor’s tragic death, some even questioned if his immersion into the psyche of such a dark character played any role in his death. Although that may not have been the case, as family members of said he was a professional going through his process to become the character in the best way he knew how. Now, in addition to being the gold standard for cinematic Joker’s and onscreen comic book villains, Heath Ledger’s Joker stands as testament that it may not be the best call to reject a casting before seeing the final product.