The Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan Nolan reveals that not even Warner Bros. understood Christopher Nolan’s decision to cast Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Jonathan Nolan was recently part of a roundtable interview with other producers that were heavily involved with nerd culture such as Shawn Levy from Stranger Things, Salim Akil (Black Lightning), Jason Blum (The First Purge), Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men films). When asked if any of them had involved fan suggestions or theories into their works, Nolan revealed that his brother’s decision to cast Ledger in The Dark Knight was so against what fans believed that it ultimately benefited the already-incredible portrayal by adding that element of surprise:
“When I wrote The Dark Knight, Chris [Nolan] had to figure out how we’d tackle the Joker. Chris had a good meeting with Heath Ledger. And no one got it — I didn’t get it, the studio didn’t get it. And the fan community was … we were fucking pilloried for it. “Disaster, worst casting decision ever!” Chris just stuck to his guns. It was a question of not giving the fans what they’re asking for but what they want — which is, “Let’s find a really fuckin’ serious actor, somebody who’s going to come in and just tear this role to pieces.”
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Of course, Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight has since become one of the most iconic roles in cinematic history, and his passing shortly thereafter added to the mythos of the character itself. Any and all portrayals of the Joker in live action are and will be compared to Ledger’s which begs the question of just how well Joaquin Phoenix’s solo Joker film will do.
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The Dark Knight Trilogy is Directed by Christopher Nolan and the three films have an ensemble cast that includes Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robin John Blake, Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard (Ra’s al Ghul), Cillian Murphy as Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow), Tim Booth as Victor “Mr.” Zsasz, Heath Ledger as the Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent (Two-Face), Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate (Talia al Ghul), and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (Catwoman).
The Dark Knight Trilogy is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital formats.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
10 DC Comics Characters That Need To Be In Matt Reeves’ Batman Movie
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As one of the DC’s most popular heroes, Batman has starred in quite a few films. After Christopher Nolan wrapped up his Dark Knight trilogy, the character was quickly reintroduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and was a key player in Justice League. The Caped Crusader is set to return in his own movie, potentially titled The Batman, with Matt Reeves, the director of Cloverfield and the last two Planet of the Apes movies, behind the camera.
At the moment, nothing is known about the film’s plot or who will appear, but with Batman in the title role odds are other key DC characters will appear. So far, Batman’s corner of the DC Universe hasn’t been explored too much, so there are still a lot of characters who can be introduced on the big screen. Batman’s gonna need some villains to fight, and allies to fight beside, so Matt Reeves needs to search through the back-issues and figure out who he wants to include.
Hit Next to discover which DC Characters should appear in Matt Reeves’ Batman movie!