Heath Ledger's Joker Beats Thanos' Snap as Most Memorable Movie Moment in Past 21 Years

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Heath Ledger's Joker Beats Thanos' Snap as Most Memorable Movie Moment in Past 21 Years
As the world gears up to see Joaquin Phoenix take a deep-dive into the psyche of The Joker, Heath Ledger's transformative performance is still on our minds. Rotten Tomatoes conducted a poll of almost 25,000 people to find the most memorable movie moment in the past 21 years. The winner, by a massive margin was The Joker from The Dark Knight with Thanos' snap pulling in second place.

Fans were skeptical when rom-com star Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain) was cast as Batman's most famous villain. After an extensive marketing campaign that had fans going on an internet scavenger hunt, the first image was released. People quickly got on board. Director Christopher Nolan's (Dunkirk) Batman films brought a realism to superhero blockbusters that hadn't quite hit the mainstream, and Jack Nicholson's iconic joker wouldn't work in that world.

Instead, makeup artist John Caglione Jr. and 42 Entertainment CEO Susan Bonds had to create a "decaying,
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