Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Heath Ledger Doesn't Seem So Bad, Really

So quite a few people may have already heard that Heath Ledger was recently cast as the Joker in the "The Dark Knight," the sequel to "Batman Begins."
[ link: the news feed ]
First off, Mr. Ledger is developing quite the varied filmography. From teen heartthrob to gay cowboy to, now, homicidal supervillain in clown make-up — not too many actors can boast that. And whoever would have guessed that that guy from "Ten Things I Hate About You" would? Lots of Batman fanboys are pissed, for sure, but I think it could work. Ledger is a good actor, and his face seems like it could twist into a freaky smile rather nicely. After all, most people wouldn't have picked Cillian Murphy to be the ideal Scarecrow. And really, he's not. But he worked well for the "Batman Begins" version of the Scarecrow. My ideal situation: they make Michelle Williams play Harley Quinn and have her kill Katie Holmes' character. You know, marital obligation and all that.

Anyway, Ain't It Cool News has posted a rather different take on the Joker — a snippet from the failed "Batman" musical. After the success of the first Tim Burton film, plans were made for an all-singing, all-dancing version of the movie. In fact, the song posted specifically references the Joker's line from that movie, "Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

It's worth a listen, if nothing else. Good to know that there are worse fates that could befall the "Batman" franchise.
[ link: an altogether different flavor of Batman ]
What I'm taking away from this announcement is the good news that the film's creators have chosen to title it sensibly, rather than following "Batman Begins" with "Batman Continues to Do His Thing."

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