June 27, 2008 04:40:46 GMT
The highly anticipated superhero flick is going to give out a special tribute to its late star who has portrayed Batman's archnemesis, Joker, in the film.
Heath Ledger was on top of his game with various awards-nomination for his portrayal of gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain" and the coveted role of Batman's mischievous foe, Joker, in the upcoming "The Dark Knight" on his sleeves. But, before he sees the fruition of his hard work in the latter film, he stunned the world with his sudden and tragic death in January. Yet, the late actor will be forever remembered with a special tribute given by his last completed film.
On Thursday, June 26, through their publicity website, Warner Bros. Pictures made public that a posthumous tribute for the 28-year-old and for special-effects technician Conway Wickliffe, who was killed in a stunt-car accident, will be attached to the end credits of the latest "Batman" adaptation movie. The simple four-line tribute will be read as follow, "In memory of our friends Heath Ledger & Conway Wickliffe."
Before Ledger passed away due to accidental overdose, director Christopher Nolan has praised his performance of the psychopathic villain who has been the center of the film's marketing campaign. In the production notes of the action movie, Nolan gushed, "I needed a phenomenal actor, but he also had to be someone unafraid of taking on such an iconic role. Heath created something entirely original. It's stunning, it's captivating. ... It's going to blow people away."
Reteaming "Batman Begins" star Christian Bale and director Nolan once again, "Dark Knight" follows another adventure faced by the bat-themed superhero in bringing justice to the Gotham City. This time, however, Batman will be brought to the edge of the line between being a hero or vigilante by the criminals' insane mastermind, Joker. Joining Bale and Ledger on the cast are Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal. "Dark Knight" will be blasting its way to theaters on July 18.