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.