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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 | 09:56 am [batman, film]

The big news this morning for Batman geeks such as myself is yesterday’s announcement that Heath Ledger will play the Joker in Batman Keeps Going, or whatever the fuck they’re calling it. Actually, I believe the official name for the picture at this point is The Dark Knight, which would be a great title if I thought there was a chance in hell they would keep it. You just know some know-nothing executive at Warner Bros. is firing off memos even as we speak asking, “Can’t we make sure ‘Batman’ is in the title?” So, look for Batman: The Dark Knight (Starring Batman) at a theater near you in 2008.

Heath is a terrific choice for the Joker. Before Brokeback Mountain, I never would have thought so, but he was so brilliant that now I’d cast the motherfucker in anything. Who knew the dude from A Knight’s Tale, for Christ’s sake, was such a great actor? As good as Phillip Seymour Hoffman was in Capote, I would have given Best Actor at the Oscars to Heath. I think the Aussie bastard was robbed.

But in truth, the casting doesn’t matter. The title, even if they keep it, doesn’t matter. Batman Begins had a great cast, and the movie still blew because of Goyer’s total shit script. Goyer collaborated on the story for the sequel with Chris Nolan, but the screenplay for The Dark Knight is being written by Nolan’s brother, Jonathan, who also co-wrote Memento, so maybe there’s some hope in that area. My suggestion: no cockamamie 1950’s super villain plots to destroy the city or take over the world. Just let the Joker be the Joker. And give Batman an IQ higher than Forrest Gump’s this time.

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | 10:59 am (UTC) - Heath and the Bat
Hey NW,

Just accidentally wandered onto the Dark Knight and got a little misty-eyed.

Batman Begins wasn't that bad. Sure, the script blew substantially and the finale was a little too drawn out for my taste, but I did enjoy the first half. It was a much darker take on the topic than the previous ... outings. Yeah, Burton had a great visual style, particularly with the second one, but Begins had a testosterone edge to it.

Anyway, Heath could be good. I wasn't that surprised to see his name as a possible, or to hear it confirmed. He's been fairly versatile in Oz for some time. And not in a Brokeback Mountain kinda way.

Good to see you're still writing. And more importantly, ranting. :)

The Dark Rider
Friday, August 24th, 2007 | 02:59 pm (UTC) - Re: Heath and the Bat
I just hit the ol' Gotham News and geez, what a wasteland. The spam bots have taken over and...well, there's just nothing left. Sad.

Anyhoo, for what it's worth, I interviewed Denny O'Neil a few weeks ago and he actually approved of Batman Begins. As a matter of fact, I've been interviewing Silver and even Golden Age creators out the wazoo this year. What a hoot! It just struck me the other day, too, that the majority of the creators I've spoken to have been involved with Batman in some way, shape or form, be it the obvious folks like Dick Giordano and Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella, to Ramona Fradon who penciled a B&B team-up with Bats and GL. Check out the archives and let me know what you think:

Friday, August 24th, 2007 | 03:30 pm (UTC) - Re: Heath and the Bat
Prof! Good to hear from you. I'm glad that you and Dark Rider wander in here from time to time to say hello. Thanks for the link, I'll be sure to check it out.

As for Batman Begins, I know that a lot of the creators approved of it. I think I remember reading that Alex Ross thought it was better than Spider-Man 2, which is absolutely insane. Just because the writers and artists who make Batman like it doesn't mean it's any good. I still think it was a pile of shit, just a slightly smaller, less offensive pile ot shit than the previous films.

Stop in again, Prof. Good to see you're still out there, and talking with some legends in the business, no less!

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