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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:11 am 
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I don't know if we already have this collection of quotes but if so, they are worth reading again.

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/echoes_of_ ... rk_knight/

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http://www.mtv.com/news/2592648/arkham- ... ker-diary/
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'Arkham Asylum' Scribe Grant Morrison Opens Up Heath Ledger's Joker Diary

Jennifer Vineyard
08/04/2008

Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'Heath Ledger’s Joker -- no question it was an amazing performance. And if he were still with us, we could ask him about his various inspirations: what did he watch, what did he read, what did he observe, how did he inhabit his character? Well, one of the clues he left us was his Joker diary, which he kept four months before shooting.

In it, there’s a list of what would make the Joker laugh – including AIDS, landmines, geniuses suffering irreversible brain damage, brunch, and sombreros. “It gave me this chill,” Grant Morrison said, because it was word-for-word what Morrison had written in one of his Batman stories.

“There’s a Batman [Batman #663, “The Clown at Midnight”] that I did last year that hardly anyone read,” Morrison said.

As a response to his own "Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth,” Morrison had continued his themes of the duality of Joker and the Batman in “The Clown at Midnight.” Having established with “Arkham” that the Joker had a sort of “super-sanity” and that he shifted between personalities,” Morrison explored the idea further in “The Clown at Midnight,” by showing that each time the Joker escaped, one of those new personalities would emerge.

“It’s a really good story,” Morrison said, “but because it was prose, people didn’t want to read it.”

Except, apparently, Heath, who saw Morrison’s list and put it in his Joker diary. “He actually had a whole list -- blind babies, doctors, accidents -- really horrible stuff,” Morrison said. “Heath wrote it all down. So yeah, I can see there’s a lot of [‘Arkham’ and ‘Midnight’] in his Joker.”

The filmmakers have taken great pains to acknowledge the original comics they drew from, Morrison pointed out. With those shout-outs, sales for the originals have skyrocketed – not just for “Arkham,” but also Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke,” Frank Miller’s “Year One” and “Dark Knight Returns,” and Jeph Loeb’s “Long Halloween.”

“David Goyer has said they owe a debt to us,” Morrison said. “And it’s really easy to see our influence. But at the same time, they also created something quite new and extraordinary.”

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http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter ... 48048.html
A look inside Heath Ledger’s sinister ‘Joker journal’ for The Dark Knight

‘Blend babies. Land mines. AIDS. Beloved pets in bad road accidents. BRUNCH!'

Christopher Hooton

Monday 10 August 2015

Heath Ledger’s completely film-stealing performance in The Dark Knight was so fascinating precisely because of how innovative it was.

Everyone questioned how he could live up to Jack Nicholson’s version of The Joker but instead he created a completely new vision of him, and one of cinema’s greatest freaks.

The fact that he locked himself in a hotel room for over a month to get in the mindset of the warped character is well known, but less so is the journal he created and used as inspiration for the character.

Featured in a trailer for a documentary about the actor’s life that was posted last year but only being picked up on properly this week, the book is leafed through by his father, Keith.

“So this is the diary - he pretty well locked himself up in a hotel room for a month or so to galvanise the upcoming character in his own mind, he explains.

“That was typical of Heath on any movie, he would certainly immerse himself in the character and I think this was just a whole new level."

The hospital scene was one of the most iconic and surprising in the film, and Keith had an interesting anecdote relating to its origin.

“The hospital room one was kind of intriguing because his sister Kate used to dress him up in a nurse’s outfit,” he explains. “He looked pretty funny in a nurse’s outfit as a kid and he looked pretty funny in a nurse’s outfit in the film.”

The book’s childish, playful front cover belies a sinister set of scrawling and cuttings inside, one of which reads:

‘Inside. He's laughing red and black and red and black till there's nothing left to laugh. Until, almost tenderly, he turns inside out through his mouth.’

There are also several stills from A Clockwork Orange - Kubrick’s film clearly being a big influence - along with joker cards, photos of hyenas, unhinged clown make-up and the word ‘chaos’ highlighted in green.

Snippets of dialogue from Nolan’s film feature too, include “It’s simpLE, KILL THE BATMAN” (sic), written in uneven capitals.

One list in the journal is particularly odd:

‘Blend babies

Land mines

AIDS

Beloved pets in bad road accidents

Statistics

[Illegible]

BRUNCH!

The Periodic Table of the Elements’

While comic book adaptations have a reputation for being quite lazily put together, the journal shows just how seriously Ledger took his antagonist, and how he tried to instil the Joker’s maniacal world view into his mind for filming.

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His own wikipedia page.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Joker ... ark_Knight)

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