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16 Things You Didn't Know About DC Villain Actors

Updated May 16, 2021 415 votes 64 voters 7.0k views16 items

List RulesVote up the most interesting facts you didn't know about famous DC villain actors.

Whether DC or Marvel is better is always up for debate with superhero fans, but no one can deny DC has some exquisite villains on deck. In DC films, many beloved actors have portrayed these legendary villains

Some fans of these films and their actors have gone to Reddit to share some DC villain actor facts that are as surprising as they are interesting. Check out these DC villain facts below, and don't forget to vote!

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    Heath Ledger's Joker Diary

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight is easily one of the most celebrated incarnations of the beloved supervillain. Redditor u/murdo1tj points out that Ledger went so deep into character as the Joker, he kept a journal as the nihilistic clown:

    Heath Ledger created a character diary for the Joker. It included stills from A Clockwork Orange, photos of hyenas, unhinged clown makeup, and the word "chaos" highlighted in green. It also contained things the Joker would find funny like AIDS, landmines, and geniuses suffering brain damage.

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    Heath Ledger Made Academy Awards History

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Although he tragically passed before he could physically receive it, Heath Ledger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Redditor u/HandSack135 explains how Ledger's win paved the way for other actors, such as Joaquin Phoenix:

    Heath Ledger was the first actor to ever win an Academy Award for the portrayal of a character in a superhero movie.

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    The Force Is Always Strong With Mark Hamill

    Photo: Batman: The Killing Joke / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Mark Hamill will forever be idolized in Star Wars fandom after famously playing Luke Skywalker and empowering moviegoers everywhere. Hamill is also known for voicing the Joker in several animated works. It seems as though Hamill is not only a hero in the movie universe, but also in real life, as well. Redditor u/Yosho2k goes into detail about how Hamill made one fan's day just a little brighter:

    Mark Hamill visited a dying fan in the hospital and answered every question as Luke Skywalker because the fan couldn't tell reality from fiction anymore.

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    Jim Carrey's Torturous Grinch Make-Up

    Photo: How the Grinch Stole Christmas / Universal Pictures

    Jim Carrey has proven himself to be a diverse actor with a wide range. While he is known for his extreme sense of humor, Carrey has lent his hand to several different genres besides comedy, including action, drama, and children's movies. In the '90s, Carrey took on the villainous role of the Riddler in Batman Forever. Redditor u/Micow11 explains how the make-up process on another movie of his was so arduous for Carrey, he had to resort to extreme measures just to endure the eight-hour ordeal:

    Jim Carrey had to be taught CIA torture coping techniques to endure the make-up process for How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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