Back before Heath Ledger was officially offered the role of Joker in Christopher Nolan'sBatman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight, a slew of names were hovering around the part. According to a scooper over at Batman On Film, one such actor (Hint: His name rhymes with Fawn Hen) was actually asked to play the classic Bat-villain before said part went out to Ledger. For those of you bad with names, I'm referring to Sean Penn. However, before us fans could start a petition begging Penn to take the role, he passed. Thus, we're now left with Ledger.
In related Bat-news, Christopher Nolan recently spoke to Mean Magazine about The Dark Knight and revealed that the title was specifically chosen because it plays a very important role in the film. On what kind of Joker to expect, Nolan says "I would certainly point to The Killing Joke (referring to the comic published in 1988) but I also would point very much to the first two appearances of the Joker in the comic. If you look at where the Joker comes from there's a very clear direction that fits what we're doing very well." There you have it folks -- we're looking at an early Joker, a classic Joker. Take from that what you will.