I am a Bat-fan. I have been since I was a very small thing, watching the cartoons and the cheesy tv show re-runs, and reading hardcover collections of early comics. Then later there were better cartoons. At some point there were two decent movies (let us all please forget the two following them). My understanding of the character grew with me, from Timm's somewhat gritty yet kid-friendly animated series to his somewhat darker incarnation in the Justice League (of the same creator) to discovering Frank Miller's definitave study of the character in Year One and The Dark Night Returns. And then Chris Nolan came along and made a hell of a movie, which made Tim Burton's offerings look like fluff in comparison
So it goes without saying that Nolan has my gratitude, and my respect.
But still, dude. What the fuck is wrong with you? Heath fucking Ledger as the Joker in the next movie.
Let's have an exercise where we see if anyone can't drop five names better than that for the role. in three two one.
Hugo Weaving, Christopher Eccelston, Mark Hamil, Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro
And that's not even mentioning Robin Williams, who was considered and showed interest in the role, who was omitted because in all truth he's too old.
Of course, Heath Ledger may well prove suitable. But if this is another case where the actor just acts like himself only wearing white shit on his face like it was with Jack Nickelson (the first Batman was a good movie because Jack Nickelson is himself a formidable villain. He was not, however, the Joker) I will take four shits and die. Because god dammit. Hugo Weaving would have fucking nailed it. As would have Eccelston, only of course it would have been a vastly different Joker. Anyone who saw the animated series knows Mark Hamil does a mean Joker. And Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Torro? Well shit, they're fucking Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. We know that they both can do sinister and that they also both have fuck all of range.
I'm not gonna piss on you, Chris, but shit dude, throw me a fucking bone here.