Heath Ledger's Joker May Have Been Inspired by Tom Waits

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The Dark Knight Rises won the weekend for the second time in a row, and even with the film's success, comparisons to the much-adored second film The Dark Knight, are unavoidable.

Which film was better? Did the ending to The Dark Knight Rises ruin the series? Who's better: Bane or the Joker? Everybody in Gotham realizes Batman is Bruce Wayne, right?

My answers would be: The Dark Knight, yes, the Joker, and of course they do (they're just playing along so they don't hurt his feelings). While the sheer power of Tom Hardy as Bane was certainly doomy and awesome, his coolness (VERY MINOR SPOILER ALERT) was sort of compromised by the end.

Who's coolness was never compromised? Why, the epically amazing Joker, of course! Most people agree that Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight was incredible. But where did the inspiration come from? Compare the video below of Joker's interrogation in TDK, with a video of a 1979 interview with singer and professional weirdo Tom Waits, and tell me there isn't a striking similarity.

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The Dark Knight Quotes

Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.

Lt. James Gordon

Wanna know how I got these scars? My father was....a drinker. And a fiend. And one night he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not. One. Bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. Turns to me and he says "Why so serious?" Comes at me with the knife,"Why so serious?" He sticks the blade in my mouth. "Lets put a smile on that face!" And..... Why so serious?

The Joker