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Sean Penn turned down role as the Joker
By Karl Schneider
August 28, 2006
Sean Penn stars in I AM SAM
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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.
Talking about the Joker with Meanmag.net, Nolan recently had the following exchange:
Horowitz: I take it [the Joker] will be less Cesar Romero and Jack Nicholson than the Joker we saw portrayed in a comic like The Killing Joke?
Nolan: Yes. I would certainly point to The Killing Joke but I also would point very much to the first two appearances of the Joker in the comic. If you look at where the Joker comes from there's a very clear direction that fits what we're doing very well.
That's all for now.