Batman: A Cursed Series
The Batman series has produced eight movies, all of which have proven to be great successes. The latest batman movies, The Dark Knight in 2008, and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, are said to be cursed, with various accidents taking place before and after the movies were shot.
One of the main actors of The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger, died on January 22, 2008, just six months before the release of the film. Ledger’s death was said to have been caused by the abuse of several prescription drugs; Ledger was experiencing sleeping difficulties during the shooting of this film. In preparation for his role as the Joker, Ledger took many actions to prepare for his part, one of which involves keeping a journal that includes things the joker would find funny. Some of the disturbing ideas written in this journal include blind babies, and AIDS. This in itself shows the lengths that Ledger took for this role, and how this may have contributed to a slight personality change for him in real life. In addition, in the time before the film began recording, Ledger hid in a hotel room for about six weeks to really create the joker, introducing new attributes such as posture and voice.
What is probably the most important is that Jack Nicholson, who played the joker in the Batman movie of 1989, warned Ledger of this role. Nicholson reportedly took Ambien during the filming of Batman, and almost drove off a cliff, so he is an expert in the consequences of what this role can do to someone.
Although The Dark Knight experienced its difficulties, The Dark Knight Rises introduced tragedies of its own. In Aurora, Colorado, on opening night of The Dark Knight Rises, a gunman appeared out of the darkness and began shooting at the crowd, ultimately killing twelve people and injuring fifty. The gunman was later found out to be twenty four year old James Holmes. Before shooting at the crowd, Holmes released noxious gas, and later when questioned, Holmes claimed that he was the joker.
Other accidents that give the Batman films their cursed name include special effects technician Conway Wickliffe, who was on a camera truck filming when the truck crashed into a tree, ultimately resulting in Wickliffe’s death in October of 2007.
Additionally, while filming The Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh, the stunt double for Anne Hathaway’s character, Cat woman, crashed into expensive camera equipment.
Morgan Freeman, who plays Lucius Fox, is also said to have experienced this curse when he was involved in a car wreck in August of 2008. The car ended up flipping several times before landing in a ditch.