May 20, 2007

The Dark Knight's Joker Revealed!

OK, As most of you know, the sequel to Batman Begins is currently in production, with the title The Dark Knight attached to it. Also, bits of casting have been coming out. All of the principals from the first film are back, including Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman. Among the newcomers are Eric Roberts as a gangster, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent, and Heath Ledger as the Joker. Now a website was set up that reveals the first image of the Joker, and I have that image to share with you, if you care to see the face of evil facing our Dark Knight, read on!

Now the first website that went up was, this site features the knew bluish bat-logo, which is pretty much the same as the first film, save the blue tinting. Here is what that looks like:

If you happen to click on that logo, it takes you to a political campaign website called It is you standard political style patriotic image:

Now, here is where it gets a little bit interesting. There is one other website out there called This is also that same political poster, but it has been vandalized by what has to be believed is the Joker:

Wait long enough and the pixels will begin to clear away, revealing another image underneath. Beneath the image is a space for you to enter your email and a code to enter. If you do this, the image changes telling you to "Check your email, you have 5 minutes to play." You will receive an email from tragicpast with the subject "defacing public servants." You take the contents of the email, return to the site and you can help reveal the hidden image.

I have gotten my hands on the completely uncovered image, and it is the Joker, Heath Ledger, in full face paint. I have to say it is an intriguing shot, one that definitely strays from the image delivered by Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's 1989 film, the Cesar Romero version of the "WHAM! BAM" Adam West series, and the Mark Hamill voiced animated version from Batman: The Animated Series.

So, to save you the trouble of searching for the image, here it is:

I don't know about you, but that is a pretty eerie image. It appears, based solely on this image, that this will likely be the cruelest imagining of the Joker yet to reach the moving image. I cannot wait until next summer when this film takes flight and reaches the big screen.

Batman Begins was an eye opener of what a Batman movie could be, and I have a lot of faith in Christopher Nolan to continue this series down the right track. The casting has been interesting, as I was not sure about Ledger, I think he is decent actor, but did not seem right for this role. This image is going a long way towards dissuading that notion. Likewise, the addition of Eric Roberts is a little worrisome as I have never really cared for his performances, though I believe he will be able to pull off a gangster convincingly.

Anyway, there you have it. The word is getting out, be ready for the arrival of The Dark Knight! (and I hope that title sticks)


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