Who else won an Academy Award for an outstanding performance in a graphic-novel based film? Nobody. Nobody else was even nominated. Heath Ledger’s The Joker didn’t have one origin or backstory —h e had several! Audiences waited between scenes, anticipating and hoping for The Joker’s presence on screen in The Dark Knight. Ledger’s Joker showed audiences a criminal they hadn’t come across yet on film. He also showed Batman a type of villain he hadn’t come across on the streets and rooftops of Gotham City. Ledger’s performance as The Joker is the stuff of Hollywood legends.