annissag’s review published on Letterboxd:
to those who only know Jared Leto as the Joker, watch this film immediately. Heath Ledger portrays the iconic villain of the caped crusader with so much depth and complexity that it puts all those who doubted this casting choice to shame.
every single line that Ledger delivers on screen is iconic, with the cinematography and lighting in each scene only enhancing the Joker's menacing and psychotic presence. Ledger alongside Christian Bale is a match made by the film gods, with their hero vs villain chemistry driving the film to the very end.
Christopher Nolan is the reason behind the Batman trilogy's success, with his unlikely darker perspective on the iconic anti-hero being an outlier to the visions of previous films with a cartoonish aspect to it. The darkness he brings to Batman, his character and his development is what makes this film, and those before and after it, perfect.