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Dark Knight, The

Batman Begins sequel

By Karl Schneider     May 29, 2007


New International Poster for THE DARK KNIGHT(2008).
© Warner Bros.
Release Date: July 18, 2008
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan 
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman
Genre: Comic, Action, Crime
Production Stills: Click Here

Plot Summary: "The Dark Knight" reunites director Christopher Nolan with star Christian Bale, who returns to continue Batman's war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

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September 6, 2006 - It looks as though Phillip Seymour Hoffman has turned down the offer to play The Penguin in the upcoming Batman film THE DARK KNIGHT.

"A full offer was made to Phillip Seymour Hoffman for the role of Cobblepot/The Penguin," writes a Batman-on-film source. "Hoffman was very cautious about accepting the role following his Oscar win (Capote), and has since declined the part."

Chris Nolan has also spoke recently saying that both Sean Penn and Hoffman won't be in the upcoming film. He did not say if the parts were ever offered or if it was simply Internet speculation.

August 28, 2006 - According to Batman-on-Film, Sean Penn was actually offered the role of the Joker in the upcoming sequel to BATMAN BEGINS. Penn, a little bit older than Brokeback Mountain star Ledger, which is interesting considering they're doing a young 'Joker' storyline, reportedly nixed the part. You may remember Christian Bale [drunkenly] revealed that the filmmakers were chasing Penn for the role at one point. It's not for Sean though, it seems.

August 1, 2006 - The upcoming sequel to BATMAN BEGINS, entitled THE DARK KNIGHT, may feature Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.

Batman on Film writes, "This comes in from one of my best sources who previously gave up the scoop Katie Holmes and Ken Watanabe's casting in BEGINS, as well as confirming an offer had made to Ledger). Here goes:

"As you have long suspected, the two main villains in the BATMAN BEGINS sequel will be The Joker and The Penquin. I can confirm that an offer has been made to Philip Seymour Hoffman for the role. Yet Hoffman has indicated that he may not get involved in the sequel." [Batman-on-Film.com]

August 1, 2006 - Warner Brothers has sent out a press release announcing that the upcoming sequel to BATMAN BEGINS will be titled THE DARK KNIGHT and feature Heath Ledger as the Joker.

"I'm excited to continue the story we started with Batman Begins," Christopher Nolan said in a statement. "Our challenge in casting the Joker was to find an actor who is not just extraordinarily talented, but fearless. Watching Heath Ledger's interpretation of this iconic character taking on Christian Bale's Batman is going to be incredible."

Filming on THE DARK KNIGHT is expected to get underway in early 2007.

July 31, 2006 - An interesting rumor making rounds around the Internet is that Ryan Phillippe is a possible choice as Harvey Dent in the upcoming BATMAN BEGINS sequel.

This is just a rumor, he has not been confirmed in the role. Another name that has been dangled is Liev Schreiber.

Harvey Dent would likely be a friend of Batman's in the upcoming film, only to turn into Two Face in the third installment.

July 21, 2006 - According to Latino Review, Heath Ledger has been offered the part of The Joker in the upcoming BATMAN BEGINS sequel.

Latino Review writes, "We were first to tell the world that Brandon Routh was going to be the new Superman. Now here we are at it again as we just got word from A VERY TRUSTED SOURCE that the offer last night was officially made to Heath Ledger to star as The Joker in the Batman Begins Sequel! As Ari Gold on HBO'S Entourage would say: Heath Motherfuckin' Brokeback The Joker Ledger!"

You can go here to read their full article. [Latino Review]

July 11, 2006 - Michael Caine, who reprises the role of Alfred in Christopher Nolan's upcoming Batman sequel film, told Turner Classic Movies that the follow-up to 2005's hit superhero film will feature the classic nemesis the Joker. Caine's remarks, reported on iFMagazine, would appear to confirm rumors about the sequel's villain, which was hinted in the finale of Batman Begins. [SciFiWire]

June 28, 2006 - In a recent interview, Robin Williams talked about the possibility of playing Joker in Batman Begins 2. Cinescape's story on the news is here.

"Oh God, I'd love to do that one," Williams said regarding playing the Joker.

Other actors mentioned as possibilities for the role were Adrian Brody or Paul Bettany. While it seems Bettany was looked into regarding the part, news suggests that it is unlikely he will get the role.

You can read the full Robin Williams interview with IGN here.

February 7, 2006 - Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal is being touted as Gotham City district attorney Harvey Dent in the next Batman sequel, along with Paul Bettany, who may play the Joker. Gyllenhaal would play Gotham City's good-guy lawyer, who mutates into his alter-ego, Two-Face, in the third film. In the sequel, Batman would team with Harvey Dent to destroy the Joker, according to moviehole.net. Tommy Lee Jones formerly played Dent/Two-Face on the big screen in Batman Forever. Star Christian Bale is set to return, as well as Michael Caine as butler Alfred.

August 10, 2005 - Producer Charles Roven told SCI FI Wire that "the cast is signed on for a sequel, the script is in the works, new cast members are being discussed and the only delay is an OK by director Christopher Nolan."

Roven states that Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes and Gary Oldman have all signed on for the sequel to BATMAN BEGINS. The producer said it is possible the film could move ahead without Nolan if he doesn't come on board but Roven said, 'it was a spectacular experience with Chris [Nolan], and he kept everyone involved and was very collaborative.' [Sci-Fi.com]

July 5, 2005 - Batman-on-Film.com is reporting an uncofirmed rumor that actress Isla Fisher might be considered for a role in the sequel to BATMAN BEGINS. Word is that Katie Holmes was not signed to do a sequel and it was never intended that she would. The rumor is that Fisher could be Batman's new love interest. Fisher has been in such films as SCOOBY DOO, I HEART HUCKABEES, and WEDDING CRASHERS. [Batman-on-Film.com]

July 4, 2005 - Rumors are going around that pop star Justin Timberlake is being considered for the role of Two-Face in the follow up to BATMAN BEGINS. An anonymous source stated, "Justin would be a perfect choice. He is getting more and more into a film career alongside his music one." [Tonight.co and Bang Media International]

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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lracors 7/6/2005 10:04:43 AM
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!
titanic 7/31/2005 3:50:35 PM
What about BANE
coffeelover007 1/13/2006 9:18:09 PM
I believe that there could be room for a two-face character in this following sequal. There was so much story behind Harvey Dent that was left out when he was portrayed in Forever. I think that with Katie Holmes' character being the assistant to the DA of Gothem, This new movie could really grow with Dent's story. I agree with everyone though, Timberlake is not the one to do it.
kissstation 3/17/2006 1:55:51 PM
Kinda hard to redo the Joker for me, how do u top Jack? As for the rest of the villians, have at it and redo them. BB was a great re-birth for this franchise.
zogtheobvious 5/11/2006 10:00:49 AM
....and why the heck do they feel that Batman needs a love interest? Note to Producers: When adapting the comic book to the big screen, it is important to READ THE SOURCE MATERIAL and stay faithful to it!
prmirage 6/2/2006 2:42:27 AM
1st...Kudos for a successful resurrection of this franchise. 2nd...Let's hope they don't do like the first crew and take Valium when making the sequels. 3rd...It is safe to say that Jack is too aged to play Joker now and even safer to say it will be hard to see anyone else come close to as fine a job as he did. I'd almost say leave him out and go with another villain. A mere implication of a "Joker" does not deadlock you into writing the character in. Finally...4th...I agree with zogtheobvious...the babes never made Batman. They are more of a distraction for this type of movie anyway. No offense ladies...:)
hink316 6/13/2006 11:37:42 AM
You guys have to realize that the purpose of the love interest, is to help attract some female viewers. The almighty dollar will almost always win over the "Source Material". Anyway, since Begins was somewhat more of a gritty tale, it would be nice to be able to see a more psychotic Joker, again though then you risk getting an R rating, an alienating the younger audience and money. I am also all for bringing some new villans in. I think the visual posibilities of using a character like Clayface would be great, and he is another character much like TwoFace that has that inner struggle at times. just a thought.
gerber 7/22/2006 2:32:49 PM
I think that Batman Begins is the best Batman movie yet, and I am anxious to see where they will take it from here. I only hope that they stay on course, and shy away from the camp that destroyed the last franchise. Personally, I would love to see Will Ferrell in the role of the Joker. I think he already looks the part (just add sadistic smile), and would be the perfect actor to explore the duality of the character. This role would provide the chance for him to prove his acting ability as he portrays the psychopathic nature of the Joker, while also exercising his comedic genius. Although I liked Nicholson's Joker, I don't he was provided much of an opportunity to delve into this area of charcater development. It's important for the Joker to "kill you with laughter" because after all he is the polar opposite of Batman, which makes him the perfect nemesis of the Batman. The Caped Crusader is the protagonist in the frightening costume, while the Joker is the antagonist in the clown costume; great irony in both of these characters, which I believe tells us a little about ourselves and our "human" conditioning. I would leave Justin Timberlake out of the series. I like the ideas about Harvey Dent, especially since Rachel's boss, whom I assume was the District Attorney in the last movie, was killed by Ra's Al Ghul's thugs. Any ideas about a potential Penguin or Riddler? Other thoughts?
gerber 7/23/2006 3:29:59 PM
OK, here's a few more of my top casting picks for any upcoming Batman Begins sequels: 1. Joker - Will Ferrell (of course) 2. Penguin - Wayne Knight (Newman from Seinfeld; Bruce "Wayne" and Dark "Knight"... He was destined to play this role) 3. Catwoman - Kate Beckindale (we already know that she looks good in black leather) 4. Riddler - Joaquin Phoenix 5. Two-Face - Liev Schreiber (you need someone a little older in order to play a convincing Havery Dent... after all, the DA of a city like Gotham wouldn't be in his 20's) 6. Mr. Freeze - Kelsey Grammer (Frasier turns evil, icey doctor)
redleg 8/22/2006 9:46:05 AM
I am looking forward to this movie since the first one blew my socks off! I am very concerned with the casting of Ledger as The Joker though. Brokeback boy had better bring his "A" game and make believers out of us all! As far as Harvey Dent goes, He should be around the same age as Bruce Wayne, and he should not be turned into Two Face until the end of the movie so he and Scarecrow can come back in the third installment. Maybe we will get to see another new villain in the third movie, like Clayface, Killer Croc, or Mad Hatter!
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