“…I believe whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you…stranger”
The Joker, The Dark Knight (2008)
This is one of my favourite quotes from The Dark Knight, simply because the opening bank heist did so much to create a mythic villain within seconds of the film starting, setting the tone for the chaos to come and one of the best imaginings of The joker, in a truly unique portrayal by Heath Ledger.
The quote comes as he uncovers his mask, responding to the question posed about honour and respect from William Fitchner’s bank manager; even as it’s done, it comes fleetingly as we only see his face for a second as he delivers…”stranger”.
His bigger, lengthier and downright fun reveal comes later in the gangster’s “group therapy session”
It put The joker firmly at the centre of the film, and quickly let the audience know that from here on in, you are going to be watching something very special.