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THE DARK KNIGHT teaser

July 28th, 2007 (01:54 pm)

It's out (HD version; right-click, save as), and it's official: I'm in the camp that has doubts about Heath Ledger as the Joker. I'm still hopeful, but now I'm a little nervous. You don't see Ledger in the teaser, but you hear his Joker voice. And it sounds, honestly, like he's imitating Jack Nicholson, who played the Joker in Tim Burton's BATMAN eighteen years ago. Except it's not effective, because 1) we've had Mark Hamill's Joker, a much more effective performance of the character, since then and 2) Jack Nicholson as the Joker is scary because he's Jack frigging Nicholson and he's a crazy bastard on his own. Heath Ledger imitating Jack Nicholson? ...not so much.

A lot of folks felt the fanboy nervousness over Ledger's casting was due to post-BROKEBACK homophobia. I'm sure some of it was, but there's another issue: *Heath Ledger isn't scary.* Remember the casting for the first movie? The actors there fell into three categories: 1) people the audience knows can play anything (Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman), 2) people who'd been impressive in a previous role that called for some similar vibes (Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe), and 3) Katie Holmes. Remember how #3 worked out?

They've got Maggie Gyllenhaal replacing Holmes. I'd put Gyllenhaal in category 2, with Bale, Murphy, and Watanabe. But Ledger has given me some pause. He's a good actor, sure, when he's got the right part. But I've never seen him scary. And now that I've heard Ledger's Joker voice, *I still haven't.*

His laugh isn't bad, though. That's something.

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Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: July 28th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Movie Bruce

Hmm, he does seem to be channeling Nicholson, doesn't he? I thought his laugh was very good, though, so that gives me some hope. I need to see him *move* as the Joker to make up my mind.

Although he'd have to be pretty outstandingly bad to make me even consider not going.

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