Sunday, August 06, 2006


Been too damn long, but here's a bite-sized entry...

Official word has come down that Heath Ledger will be cast as the Joker in the sequel to BATMAN BEGINS, titled THE DARK KNIGHT. Summer 2005 featured extended discussions of how good the new Batman movie would be compared to FANTASTIC FOUR, and the thing (no pun) that stuck out to me was a significant difference in the quality of the casts.

FF had Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba and Julian McMahon. Actors of talent to be sure, if a bit underexposed. And for the most part, they did well, with Chiklis and Evans shining. Stars of BATMAN BEGINS: Christain Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy. You get a sense that this cast could turn around and do an adaptation of Shakespeare the next day. The FF cast has to remind one more of FX than the Bard...

Most of the cast of BEGINS returns for DARK KNIGHT; add to this mix an actor that first got my attention playing the son of Billy Bob Thornton's character in MONSTER'S BALL. Ang Lee thought that the same performance demonstrated what he wanted to see in Ennis Del Mar for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. To me, Ledger's performance in BROKEBACK towered over everything else I saw last year, and demonstrated to me that he is one of our best actors of any age. For him to be cast as the Joker demonstrates one thing:



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