Warner Bros. has paid tribute to Heath Ledger in the final credits of the new movie “The Dark Knight“, in which the late Aussie actor plays The Joker. Heath Ledger, who died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in January, reportedly gives a brilliant performance playing opposite Christian Bale’s Batman. The tribute, which also pays tribute to a special-effects technician who died last September, was uploaded onto the Warner Bros. media website on Thursday (June 26) saying.
“In memory of our friends Heath Ledger & Conway Wickliffe.Arriving in theaters July 18, “The Dark Knight” reteams Bale with director Christopher Nolan and returning co-stars Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman. Joining the cast are Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Beginning months before Ledger’s death, his frenetic performance and demented-clown makeup have been a cornerstone of the marketing campaign for the film. In the production notes for “The Dark Knight” Nolan says :
“I needed a phenomenal actor, but he also had to be someone unafraid of taking on such an iconic role. Heath created something entirely original. It’s stunning, it’s captivating. … It’s going to blow people away.”