The 7 Best Things About Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy
2 of 7 Perfect Choice of Villains
Heath Ledger's Oscar-worthy performance in The Dark Knight was perhaps the best part of a trilogy that changed comic book movie history. Jack Nicholson did a great job playing The Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie, but Ledger took the character to a whole new level. By portraying The Joker as a psychopath intent on drawing the corruption out of people, Heath Ledger added levels of depth and gave The Joker a disturbing yet realistic feel that won him an Academy Award after his death. His brilliant performance will forever be remembered as one of the greatest cinematic villains that's ever existed.
Of course, Liam Neeson and Tom Hardy both created solid characters. Neeson brought Ra's Al Ghul from an unknown villain in the eyes of the public to a defining character of Batman's origin. Tom Hardy changed the image of Bane from the mumbling monster we saw in Batman & Robin to Batman's ultimate foe, both physically and mentally. Anne Hathaway impressed everybody with her version of Catwoman as a scandalous yet talented thief with a heart. Two-Face and Scarecrow too were both given a creepy and realistic presence with meaning added to their theatrical look. But it was Ledger's performance that created a new breed of cinematic villain.