Wizard has published a brand new photo of Heath Ledger as The Joker from the upcoming Batman sequel The Dark Knight. The performance is said to be the scariest thing Michael Cane has ever seen. Let's hope that rings true for all of us this summer.

Here is the picture:

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Batman (Christian Bale) raises the stakes in his war on crime in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker (Heath Ledger).

The Dark Knight opens July 18th, 2008.