I don’t know, he’s awfully good beyond just being a pretty boy. Plus, he’s not all that young anymore. I’m betting he’ll do a damn fine job. (Of course I have all kinds of faith in the writers-directors producers of this go round since they’re the first people to actually make a Batman movie and get it right. (I mean, you know, apart from Timm)
I thought Cillian Murphy was kinda wasted as the Scarecrow - he had that dead-eye creepy intelligence thing going that couple with his wiry build made me see him as Joker when I was watching the movie.
Heath Ledger can act, I will give him that - but his most notable role thus far is for BBM, where his character was supposed to keep his feelings all in - the Joker is the exact opposite…
Ledger is a good actor and Christopher Nolan has shown the ability to be able to adapt the material in an intelligent, believable way, without laughing at it and without beoming overwhelmed by FX or CGI. Of course, the fact that Batman has no “superpowers” makes it easier to ground the franchise in reality but some of Nolan’s other ideas helped as well (I think that Bruce Wayne’s deliberate choice to make Batman a “symbol” helped with the credibility of the costume, for instance).
I’m willing to trust the director on this and have some faith that he’ll find a take on the Joker (and the casting) that will work for his vision of the mythology.
I think Katie Holmes is the real albotross for the franchise.
I hope the sequel is better than the first. It was very well-produced, but the story kinda limped a bit in the end.
[rant]And I was just watching the bonus features disc, where the director and screenplay-writer-guy were both bragging that, before this film, no one had explored Bruce Wayne’s life between his parents’ murders and his first gig as Batman. All while showing clips from Frank Miller’s (brilliant) “Batman Year One” comic, which focuses on exactly this aspect of the character. Hell, I remember reading a comic series as a kid that started just before the muders, and ended with his first or second adventure as the Dark Knight. I don’t kow where the director was coming from with his boast that no one’s done this before, but it didn’t exactly inspire confidence in me…[/rant]