Posts Tagged ‘The Joker


Coulda Been So… Weird?

As a follow up to R2’s post Coulda Been So Beautiful that listed the “almost was” actors of the X-Men movies, we’ve decided to post some of our other favorite comic book movie “maybes”. Today, I take “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” under the microscope.

Batman Begins

Batman – Many men were considered for this role before they started handing out offers, including Henry Cavill (hot), Billy Crudup (he fell back on showing his junk in Watchmen, it’s cool), Hugh Dancy (…the f*ck?), Daniel Day Lewis (quit sh*tting me, Nolan!), David Duchovny (don’t close the article, it gets worse later on), Josh Hartnett (vomits), Joshua Jackson (vomits more), and Asthon Kutcher (soils self). David Boreanaz turned down the role of Batman. Let that sink in for a moment. You’re most known for being on Angel and Bones and Christopher Nolan comes up to you offering you the role of the g*ddamned Batman and you turn it down?! Also, John Cusack was OFFERED the role of Batman. I think I may be sick again. *collects self* Oh, and did I mention that the runner up to play Batman if Christian Bale declined was pretty Jakey Gyllenhaal? Moving on…

Alfred – Anthony Hopkins turned down this role because there was no option to eat anybody. Solid reason.

Lucious Fox – Laurence Fishburne was up for this role. *insert white-friendly black actor here*

Ra’s Al Ghul – Viggo Mortenson was offered this role and turned it down. Although I think Liam Neeson did fine, I’m sure Viggo would’ve done well too.

Jim Gordon – Dennis Quaid, Kurt Russel, and Chris Cooper were up for the role that went to the man, Gary Oldman. Good call, casting people.

Scarecrow – Christopher Eccleston (who?), Marilyn Manson (AHH!), and Ewan McGregor (helllooo, Scot)  were considered for the Scarecrow. The role ended up going to the creepy Cillian Murphy. Fun Fact: Murphy tried out for Batman initially and, though turned down, Nolan was so impressed with his audition that he went out of his way to persuade Murphy into accepting the Scarecrow role.

Anyone else wondering why Katie Holmes was the only choice for Rachel? You and me both.

The Dark Knight

The Joker – Paul Bettany, Adrien Brody (rolls eyes), Lachy Hulme (whaaa?), Sam Rockwell (blech), and certain-to-be-disastrous-for-this-role ROBIN WILLIAMS were up for this role. It thankfully went to the late Heath Ledger, who performed the living sh*t out of it.



Photo of the Day

The Joker by Christopher Uminga. Thanks to Orange Julius.


Photo of the Day

Arguably the best Villain of all time, the Joker, by Mike Deodato, Jr.




OK so I realize I’m super late on this (why didn’t anyone TELL ME?!?!) but easily one of my favorite video games, Arkham Asylum is getting a SEQUEL! Arkham Asylum 2 will come out summer of 2011 and it looks so promising already. Below are the trailer and an IGN breakdown of the trailer. Also, check out the site here – I hear 2 will have a lot more Villain-wise – including Two-Face.


Photo of the Day

I just thought this was a cool, different looking one – R1

By Alex Ross


Photo of the Day

By Gabriele Dell’Otto


Comic Movie Review: The Dark Knight


What can I say? Most will say it’s the best comic book movie to date, and I’m in no big hurry to quiet them. While I do think that Heath Ledger’s performance was the sole reason that the movie was what it was, it still had a solid plot, interesting characters, and fantastic acting all around. Dark and complex, this film took you through a moral and emotional roller coaster ride that no other “pop” comic movie has been able to. And while we got a sense of Nolan’s dark, complex style in Batman Begins, I don’t think any of us were prepared for this. Which of course, now begs the question… how does he top it?

With Ledger’s tragic death, I can’t imagine they would try to replace him -that would only spell disaster. In The Dark Knight, Luscius does mention Batman’s suit being able to keep out cats… perhaps we’re going to be seeing Catwoman? As long as it’s not Man-Bat, I’m set 🙂

And a PS for all of my video game nerds out there – if you haven’t gotten Batman: Arkham Asylum yet, you’re missing out. Big time.

Delightful surprises: I don’t think you can have a more delightful surprise than Heath Ledger’s performance. In the scene where he blows up the hospital, I was literally grinning and rooting for this mad man. He had such a mix of humor and fear, it was beautiful.

Biggest Disappointments: Without a doubt, Christian Bale’s steadily more and more over the top Batman voice. Don’t get me wrong, Christian Bale is a terrific actor and the best Batman since Michael Keaton, and I get that he must disguise his voice as Batman, but this got a little distracting.

Hugs and Kisses,

Rogue 1

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