Ledger described his Joker as a "psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy." Throughout the film, the Joker states his desire to upset social order through crime, and comes to define himself by his conflict with Batman.
He starts out a bank robber, who offers to kill Batman for the mafia. He issues a city-wide ultimatum for Batman to turn himself in, and threatens to kill people each day until Batman does so.
At the climax of the film, the Joker has placed bombs on board two ships, one containing prisoners of Gotham City's penitentiary, and the other containing ordinary citizens, threatening to destroy them both at midnight if one does not destroy the other. He also holds several hostages at a tower where he is observing the ships. Batman subdues Joker's henchmen and eventually faces the Joker himself just as both ships refuse to destroy each other as the Joker's deadline expires, Batman grimly informing the Joker that he is alone in his corruption and insanity.
To prepare for the role, Ledger lived alone in a hotel room for a month, formulating the character's posture, voice, and personality, and kept a diary, in which he recorded the Joker's thoughts and feelings.
Ledger's portrayal of the Joker was widely lauded by critics and audiences alike. On February 22, 2009, Ledger posthumously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
This stunningly realistic art reproduction is taken from a Michael Kozlov original oil painting.
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