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Christopher Nolan Foolishly Casts Heath Ledger Over Paul Bettany as The Joker In Batman Begins Sequel

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | April 1, 2013 | Comments ()


Mark this day, folks: August 3, 2006. That's the day that Christopher Nolan made his first mistake as the current commander of the Batman franchise. For reasons that don't quite make sense to me, Nolan -- as has been rumored -- has officially cast Heath Ledger as The Joker in his upcoming The Dark Knight.

What? Really? Listen, I like Ledger. A lot. He was fun in 10 Things I Hate About You, he was brilliant in Brokeback Mountain and he made A Knight's Tale better than any movie set in medieval times featuring the music of Queen had any right to be. But, he's not exactly comic-book material, and he has to fill the impossible-to-fill shoes of Jack Nicholson, who will always be the guy most associated with The Joker.

According to a poll of JoBlo.com readers, around 84 percent of readers think Ledger is either a "so-so" or a "horrible" choice, while less than 10 percent think he's a great choice. Cinemablend, echoing much of the Internet chatter, thinks it's an odd choice, too: "Ledger seems spectacularly unsuited to the weirdness of the Joker. If you're casting Ledger in a Batman movie, I'd start by considering him for Robin, not the caped crusader's most lunatic villain."

Ledger beats out several other actors who were rumored to be up for the role, including Crispin Glover, Robin Williams, Guy Pearce, Adrien Brody, and the leading contender, Paul Bettany. He would've been phenomenal!

Rumors, meanwhile, continue to persist that Phillip Seymour Hoffman may land the role of The Penguin, and Ryan Phillipe -- coming off a memorable turn in Crash -- has been apparently offered the role of Two Face. That would actually work.






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  • PerpetualIntern


  • babykangarootribbiani

    you know i went through all of today;s posts twice before i realized they were for april fools day? color me a dummy. (and they did make me realize i wish i were ten years older).

  • Erich

    I dunno. After Affleck's Daredevil, I'm kinda worried about Ledger as the Joker. The only thing he has going for him is that big smile. They won't need makeup around his mouth, like Nicholson.

  • i has a sad

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    At least they got rid of Katie Holmes, she wasn't exactly killing it.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I don't care if it's trite, you don't know me! I'm hearing rumblings about a Matter Eater Lad franchise coming to fruition, is there anything to that?

  • sars

    Why, why did you have to do this so late in the day.
    Ledger was always the perfect choice for everything-- kind of like Tom Hardy is now... it breaks my heart how he left the world too soon.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Had just re-watched "Lords of Dogtown". He disappeared in that role even more so than as The Joker.

  • Jerce

    It's been a fun day, by and large, but this one makes me really sad.

  • Samantha Klein

    Ugh. Are you serious? Curse you, Nolan. Curse you to the sixth layer of hell.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    SADNESS GIF. Awww, Heath. :(

  • duckandcover

    Jesus fucking Christ.

  • dinosaurpuke

    "Rumors, meanwhile, continue to persist that Phillip Seymour Hoffman may land the role of The Penguin, and Ryan Phillipe — coming off a memorable turn in Crash — has been apparently offered the role of Two Face. That would actually work." Hahahahahahahaahhaahahah

  • tmoney

    This broke my heart. Such a handsome, talented man.

  • candeeexplosion


  • Jezzer

    I'm just saying, if Aaron Eckhart had died, everyone to this day would be talking about how Two-Face was the best thing in the movie.

  • Lee

    Nah. Ledger would have won accolades, regardless coz his performance was phenomenal. Agreed that Ekhart has given better performances.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I...don't think that would ever happen. Eckhart has much better performances to be remembered for.

  • psemophile

    I'm pretty sure everyone would be "yeah, he was great what a great perf, but LEDGER WAS THE STAR"

  • annie

    I has a sad.

  • Guest

    Ah, predictions about the future can be so terribly wrong.

  • Cazadora

    Never make predictions...especially about the future. -- Casey Stengel (I think)

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