Originally Posted by jmc
The film scored a billion dollars on the back of it being a great movie. The Joker and Heath Ledger doesn't add an extra $600M to the box office of the previous film, the movie in and of itself adds that extra box office.
The movie is great and everything but Heath Ledger became a James Dean-like a instant legend right before the movie was released. Thinking that it had absolutely nothing to do is naive.