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Heath Ledger Hid A Message To Daughter On His ‘Dark Knight’ Nurse’s Outfit

Heath Ledger Hid A Message To Daughter On His ‘Dark Knight’ Nurse’s Outfit

It's been ten whole years since Christopher Nolan turned the Batman franchise on its head with the release of his superhero epic, The Dark Knight. Feel old yet?

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Often regarded as Heath Ledger's best performance with his Oscar-winning turn as the Joker, it was also sadly his last, as the actor died during the editing stage of the film. May he rest in peace.

The story itself sees the menacing joker emerge from his mysterious past to wreak havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, sparking the cape-wearing Dark Knight (played to perfection by Christian Bale) to return and fight injustice.

To mark The Dark Knight's tenth anniversary and to commemorate Ledger's legacy and his talents as a performer, we're turning our attention to the defining "looks" of Ledger's Joker.

As you'll all remember, in the movie the Joker donned a nurse's outfit (which continues to be a mainstay at more or less every university fancy dress party even today), worn rather conspicuously by the supervillain to infiltrate the hospital.

While many of you will have seen the 'Dent' badge stuck to his white and red dress, did you know Ledger added a personal touch to the tag as a tribute to his daughter?

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Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

As Screen Rant pointed out: "Just above the 'Dent' political sticker, the nurse nametag reads: 'Matilda', the name of Ledger's then-infant daughter."

His daughter Matilda - who is now 11 and lives with her mum and Ledger's ex-wife Michelle Williams - was just a toddler old at the time of filming.

So while the Joker's nurse is a character who torments Harvey Dent in the film, IRL Ledger used the outfit to give a shout out to his little girl - another reason to add to the long of why Ledger was a true Hollywood diamond and will be greatly missed.

While it's tragic Matilda did not get to grow up with her dad in her life, we have no doubt she cherishes this small yet significant nod symbolising Ledger's eternal love for her.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Joker, The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan, daughter, Tribute, Heath Ledger, Batman

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

 

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