Clip Shows Heath Ledger’s Joker Diary

One of the more famous stories that came out of the production of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Night” was that in order to prepare for his role as The Joker, Heath Ledger locked himself in a hotel room for weeks on end and documented his preparation in a journal to allow himself to get into the character.

Now a clip has gone line from a sequence in “Too Young To Die,” the upcoming documentary about the late actor, with Ledger’s father Kim looking over that very journal. The older Ledger says: “He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel, in his apartment, for a month or so, to sort of galvanize the upcoming character in his own mind. That was typical of Heath on any movie. He would certainly immerse himself in the upcoming character. I think this was just a whole new level.”

Ledger died in January 2008 and was posthumously awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor the year after “The Dark Knight” was released.

Speaking of The Joker, Jared Leto has posted a new photo to his social media account which seems to make another reference to the iconic Batman comic “The Killing Joke”. Leto, who is playing the character in the upcoming “Suicide Squad” film, has posted a shot of his own silhouette sporting what looks like the same kind of garb The Joker wore when shooting Barbara Gordon in the comic.

Leto has been teasing his character in numerous photos over the past few months, with several references in particular to the Alan Moore comic.