07/15/2008 AT 5:30 PM ET
“The Dark Knight is everything we hoped it would be and more,” Ledger’s father, Kim, said Tuesday in a statement on behalf of Ledger’s immediate family. “Heath loved the experience of creating this character and working on the film. We are so proud of our boy.”
Kim Ledger and his wife, Heath’s mother Sally Bell and her husband, and Heath’s older sister, Kate, flew in from Australia to join the movie’s stars at Monday night’s premiere, where the audience broke into cheers when Ledger’s name appeared in the credits.