‘The Batman’ Director Matt Reeves Discusses Heath Ledger’s Joker

The Batman director Matt Reeves dives into what he thinks about the Clown Prince of Crime as well as Heath Ledger’s iconic performance as the Joker.

With The Batman hopefully arriving from director Matt Reeves next year, many fans have already speculated at what a new version of the Joker could look like if the villain goes up against Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader. Matt Reeves clearly has a lot of love for the character, and he recently opened up to Nerdist about what he thinks of Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight is so incredible and I think that Heath Ledger’s performance and their conception of the Joker in that movie is indelible. And the battle that he engaged with, you know, with Batman/Bruce is incredible.”

The director went on to briefly analyze Heath Ledger’s Joker and what motivates him in his constant war with Batman. Reeves praised how the film showed that even in defeating the villain, he would still see it as a victory in some way. Matt Reeves also explained that the ideology behind the anarchic nemesis was a profound way of looking at a particular part of human nature. Although whether a new version of the villain will arrive to face off against Robert Pattinson’s Batman, remains to be seen.

“But the thing you take away from it more than anything is that conception, specifically, I think of the Joker. That movie is so much about how it’s a horrifying thing to stare into the abyss, that idea of that level of nihilism. The whole idea that there was nothing you could do because even in the destruction of him, you were fulfilling his aims. It was just a terrifying notion that speaks to an aspect of human nature and that was really profound.”

What do you think about Matt Reeves’ opinion of the villain? Do you think Heath Ledger’s Joker performance is the best version of the legendary character? Sound off in the comments below!

Full plot details on Robert Pattinson’s The Batman are currently under wraps, but we know that the film will revolve around a younger version of Bruce Wayne and feature a Rogues’ Gallery of villains that includes Catwoman, The Penguin, and The Riddler. The Matt Reeves film will follow the Dark Knight during his early years as Gotham City’s protector and will make use of the hero’s detective skills to a greater extent than previous DC films. It is expected to be the first chapter in a new trilogy featuring Robert Pattinson as Batman.

Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

The Batman is currently set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

Source: Nerdist

Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

English writer with a preference for all things Film, TV and Comic Book related.