I've called in several old favors amongst my numerous connections at Warner Brothers Studios to bring you this early look at one of the most anticipated movies of whenever exactly it's supposed to come out (probably next year, I guess). Ever since it was announced that director Christopher Nolan (Memento) had cast 10 Things I Hate About You's Heath Ledger to star opposite Christian Bale (American Psycho) as The Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight (sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Chris O'Donnell vehicle Batman & Robin*), cinemaphiles and geekazoids alike have been wetting their beds on a nightly basis, hoping to get a glimpse of what the 21st century's Joker will look like. Campy and foppish green-haired drag queen, or creepy and disturbing green-haired drag queen? Warner Brothers has been extremely tight-lipped; until now, all speculations have been purely speculative.
Speculate no longer, cinemazoids. I now bring you, the general civilian public, the first full look at the new and improved Joker in this exclusive super-secret behind the scenes production photo. It cost three men's lives to obtain this.
Since it was taken during filming, some of Ledger's dialogue was captured in the shot. It reveals some key plot points: we know from this sample that the Joker is angry at Batman, and thinks he is stupid.
Hollywood, you've done it again.
*: As you can probably tell, I haven't actually seen a movie since late 2000 or so. But I'll probably see this one.