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Heath Ledger as The Joker -- FIRST LOOK

Heath Ledger as The Joker -- FIRST LOOK

Here are the first close-up pictures of Aussie actor HEATH LEDGER as THE JOKER, mouth scarring and all.

Is 28-year-old Heath menacing enough as the original Joker, played by Jack Nicholson in the original Batman film?

Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight co-starring Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine is set for a July 18, 2008 release.

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  • titolia

    He looks …different ;)

  • sally

    he looks like he belongs in the crow.. not batman

  • Vanessa

    Hmm….he’s still hot. lol

  • [Fug Face [x]]

    womp. boring

    he looks like brandon lee as the crow. `smh`

  • Bunny

    As been said-wrong movie…………but might work for Holloween. GET JACK BACK!

  • Anon.

    Jack Nicholson camped it up and basically played the Joker for laughs. Chris Nolan’s Joker, like everything about his Batman, will be different. Heath looks evil and very very scarey. Guess this is a movie little Matilda won’t be able to see until she’s at least 16! LOL! I’m very tired of the way Heath seems determined to hide or play down his looks. He does it in film roles and he does it in real life. Heath is really attractive. I mean seriously sexy. He needs to get comfortable with that and make some hot movies.

  • Nando

    He looks like Xander Harris in that second picture.

  • magnus

    Aside from the set pics for test shoots the other two are faked.

  • Amy

    Pre-makeup, that’s why. Pale and scarred. He puts the makeup on after.

  • Lori Smith

    YES YES YES!!! He looks scary. scary. scary.
    I’m gonna die waiting to see this movie cause Heath looks the way I imagined the joker should have all ways looked… evil, scary and mean as can be.

  • Shoes4life

    I don’t know who they should have chosen to play the Joker but I don’t think this guy is it. I mean the Joker should be dark, sneaky looking, conniving, and a bit evil. Not someone when you look at them you think if I can just clean him up he might not be such a bad guy. Just my opinion.

  • mrs grated cheese

    That’s Heath Ledger????
    He scares the beejesus outta me with that green hair!

  • Eli

    no one will ever play joker better than Jack Nicholson did

  • Sarina Bambina

    Did anyone watch ‘The Tribe’ as a child…silly Australian programme where all the kids wore make-up…in these pics Heath is the spitting image of Lex…hottie!

  • http://u GeekSquad

    I was thinking The Crow at first until I read that caption that it was supposed to be the Joker. It looks nothing like him. That’s definately points for creepiness.

  • Monkey

    That’s for the “joker” character? I thought that was for the Priscilla Queen of the desert” sequel. I should really stop spreading rumours like this. I could get fired from my cushy entertainment reporting job!

  • burnished_dragon

    I was thiking he looks like Jared Lerto (sp) with the heavy eye makeup

  • maggie

    When I saw the picture it reminded me so much of Brandon Lee in The Crow it was sad. I think they went for that look & I think its sad.

  • Mags

    Freaky. I was going to post the same thing as the poster above before realizing they had the same name as me. I want to see the smile though. Then we’ll know he’s scary.

  • [Fug Face [x]]

    I’m sure he will look completely different in the movie

  • essie

    doesn’t look like the joker looks like a sequal to the crow!

  • Ashley

    Bad news- the picture’s a fake.

  • Virginia

    You can go on any reputable Batman site and find that this is a fake.

  • Aisha

    WOW HEATH! He looks awesome as the Joker!!! Scary shit!

  • Fresh Raggedy Anne

    Holy Smokes!! Well if the pic is fake, where’s it from…anyone know?


  • Max
  • CopyCat

    Whoever did it copied Ichi the Killer not The Joker..

  • d

    dude looks like a dushbag no way is he gonna make a great joker like jack nicholson. plus the guy who played joker in the tv series is better than him
    i dont see him as joker no way maybe jim carrey but he did a great riddler

  • magnus

    Told you it was fake.

    And it’s not Ichi, it’s Kakihara. Ichi was the other guy.

  • Lucie

    Whoa. For a moment I thought it was John Travolta. Freaky.

    But I think this new scarier Joker is a good thing since the Christian Bale as Batman movies have a darker and more serious undertone, unlike the campy ones directed by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher. Though I do love Jack Nicholson as Joker.

  • conrad

    they need to get jack back the new joker sucks donkey nuts

  • Ao Da Kid

    Realistic Shit right there 4 ya, Good thing he don’t look 2 animated. Like Jack Nickelson

  • TheSistaVixXxenNouvel

    Mmmm, I think he looks even better this way. So Fuckin’ sexy. God, I can’t wait to see the movie and just ruin a perfectily good seat if you know what I mean, lol.

  • indi

    rest in paradice beautiful

  • Tiff

    RIP Heath Ledger!

  • cant fool me

    COME ON that is NOT heath ledger!!!! nice try for who ever posted this fake ass pic and try to pawn it off as him.Any heath ledger fan can tell this pic looks more like the crow than the cant fool me take this fake off. seriously now

  • kayla

    heath ledger is so hawt, i mean mor than hawt, hea’s sexy man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i mean lik the sexiest nd hottest man eva

  • Kathy

    He was perfect, and most of you had no idea

  • angie

    Stop being haters!! You guys can’t see a great actor when you guys see one!!

  • Kitten

    I agree with #38.. so sad.

  • Steve

    Hahaha! This article is yellow journalism as it’s finest. I only found it through a Google Search gone wrong. First there is the fake badly photoshopped picture that looked nothing like the final result. And there was the poorly researched claim that Jack Nicholson was “the original Joker” when at least four actors claimed his role and portrayed in radio, television and film before Nicholson got the reins in 1989.

    The original posters blasting Ledger and this picture must be eating some humble pie now.

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  • Andi

    He makes me think of the movie crow… Which was awesome and tragic too.

  • Egg Banjo

    @Shoes4life: Well you were wrong wernt you?