Let us review what we have learned recently in the Batman Begins casting soap opera, before we move into the "what's new" category, shall we? This week, we got two big casting rumors from the Batcave:
- Heath Ledger as The Joker. This one met with an odd mix of reactions, mostly tilting negative. My personal jury is still out, I'll get back to you as the film draws closer if nobody else replaces Ledger.
- Ryan Philippe is Harvey Dent, who probably won't be two-face until a later film.
- Two scoopers which meet with guru website Batman-on-Film approval are sort of denying the Heath Ledger thing. The general story seems to be Ledger has been offered the role, but has yet to accept it. He apparently has a very busy slate, and hasn't decided if he wants to drop other projects to pick this one up. *EDIT* Read Erik's post for the newest breaking news here.*
- In one of the same scoops, BOF is also reporting fan supported Phillip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Oswald Cobblepot who, contrary to early rumors, may in fact be a major villain in the sequel. Hoffman is likewise noncommittal, and is not sure he wants to get involved with the franchise.