The Joker is Gone

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As many sites have already reported, Heath Ledger was found dead this morning. The actor was to play the punked-out Joker in this summer's The Dark Knight movie. We are sad to hear the news. It also makes us wonder if The Dark Knight will now achieve the same cult status as The Crow, another production which lost its gothy anti-hero (Brandon Lee) before the movie opened. [Heath Ledger, Actor 1979-2008 via Defamer]

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Annalee Newitz

@PriorMarcus: Sorry to upset you, but since the focus of this site is science fiction (vs. acting in general), I wanted to call readers' attention to the role they are most likely to know Ledger for.