While nothing has been officially confirmed yet, word on the street is Heath Ledger will most likely be taking on the role of Joker in Christopher Nolan'sUntitled Batman Begins Sequel. And, at first, I was pretty bummed to hear this news. Don't get me wrong, the guy is a decent actor, but we're talking about one of the greatest villains of all time here -- Heath Ledger isn't exactly the first name that comes to mind.
However, after reading the latest insider sequel scoop over at Batman-On-Film, I'm feeling a tad better about this whole Ledger thing. According to one of their spy's, Nolan is looking to take a very different approach when it comes to the Joker character, one that will be nothing like Nicholson's version. The new Joker will be "very creepy and very extreme." And, most likely, he won't show up until halfway through the film, a la Batman in Begins. There will be a backstory given to the Joker and he will not be the only villain in the film. Says the spy, "Nolan and his brother have a couple of surprises up their sleeves!"
Supposedly, one of the reasons why Nolan wanted to go with Ledger is because, while very well-known, the actor has never taken on a role like this before. This way, audiences going in don't know what to expect. Face it, throw Johnny Depp or Robin Williams in there and, chances are, you're going re-call every film in which either actor played some weird and kooky character. With Ledger, you have nothing to base an opinion off of. A blank slate, so to speak. Yeah, I'm digging it. Don't worry Heath, I've got your back ... well, not in a, you know know, kind of way. I mean, not that there's anything wrong with that.