"The Dark Knight" is still three days away from showing the world what MTV staffers lucky enough to see the film early already know, that Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart have created terrifying, complex new versions of the Joker and Two-Face that will surely stand the test of time.
But riddle us this, riddle us that, just what's next for the Big, Bad Bat?
Well, the Riddler, of course, if you believe Gary Oldman. Or Catwoman if you listen to Nester Carbonell. Or...well, we'll just let you check out what Jennifer Vineyard got Christian Bale, Eckhart, David Goyer, and the rest of the cast and crew to cough up about who they think should be the villain in "Batman 3” here.
One thing everyone agrees on, of course, is that whoever they choose will have to be reinvented to go along with Nolan's more realistic tone. Right? Read More...
I have a problem. I watch clips and coverage of "The Dark Knight" far too much. I've probably watched more clips, trailers, and interviews for this film than anything since "The Phantom Menace." Don't worry. I've seen "The Dark Knight" and there is nary a Gungan in sight.
There is however an awesome car chase that pits Batman against the Joker. You've seen a taste of it in the trailers, but now we're pleased to show off an exclusive look right here.
Like what you see? What scene or performance are most looking forward to in "The Dark Knight"?
Writers have disagreed throughout the years over what makes the Joker the Joker. (Read about the history of the Joker, from "Batman" #1 to Heath Ledger here.) Is it his laugh, his menace, his ironic absurdity? But few today argue over who did it the best:
"Bruce Timm and Paul Dini," comic-book legend Jeph Loeb said of the work done by the co-creators of "Batman: The Animated Series," who, for the first and only time in history, made the Joker equal parts menacing and comical, combining the very silliest and scariest aspects of the character.
"Virtually flawless," Loeb added, "which is really extraordinary, given the times, that they rethought how Batman should be presented in an animated way and wound up telling some of the best Batman stories that have ever been told."
What went into their creation? Would you believe everything but the kitchen sink? Read More...
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- How princely: Ben "Prince Caspian" Barnes to go from saving Narnia to saving his soul as the titular character in "The Picture of Dorian Gray." (ComingSoon)
- Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams join "Greenberg," the next project from "Squid and the Whale" mastermind Noah Baumbach. (Cinematical)
- First trailer for "Australia" starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman surfaces online. (Apple)
- Laurence Fishburne to pull triple duty as director, star, and producer of "The Alchemist," an international best seller about following your dreams. (Hollywood Elsewhere)
- Blockbuster, Calculator, Gemini, and Icicle among villains set to appear in Green Arrow movie "Super-Max." Oh yeah, and the Joker, Lex Luthor, and the Riddler. (Latino Review)
- Is there a mutant left who ISN'T in this thing? Scott "Cyclops" Summers to make a cameo appearance in "Wolverine." (Superhero Hype)
- Super-bad. Jonah Hill no longer attached to "Transformers 2." (EW)
- The truth is out there: New poster for "X-Files: I Want to Believe" pops up online. (X Files News)
- Why so serious? Heath Ledger's Joker action figures flying off the shelves. (/film)
- The force is not strong with this one: new poster for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" comes with announcement that trailer will premier tomorrow at 8 PM across all Turner Networks. (Star Wars)
- Ellen Page to star as title character in "Jane Eyre." "Jane Eyre" still incredibly, mind-numbingly boring. (Variety)
Article by Ramsey Boeckholt
Hi everybody, my name is Ramsey and I'm an intern here at MTV News Los Angeles. Yesterday, we got a FedEx from The Joker himself, with a plastic mask and note inside! Naturally, I grabbed a Flip camera (as seen on Oprah!) and headed over to the Hollywood & Highland mall to see what kind of anarchy the Batman villain had planned.
When I got there, I found hundreds of Batman fans dying to learn what would happen when the timer on the website hit zero at exactly 5:30 pm. Many came with their faces painted, or even dressed up in full costume. The note said to show up early "if you want to act like a clown," but after I put on my mask a security guard told us we had to take them off because of security concerns. Damn mall cops, always keeping the man down! Read More...
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- Play it again, Sam? Madonna aims to remake "Casablanca." (Daily Mail)
- Why so serious? New viral sites for "Dark Knight" reveal Concerned Citizens for Gotham, hilarious video, and a little Joker mayhem. (Clown Travel Agency, CCFG)
- Up, up, and away! Man of Steel faces unsure future with new court ruling. (NY Times)
- Mos Def to play Chuck Berry in "Cadillac Records." (Hollywood Reporter)
We recently brought you enthusiastic reactions to Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker from Batman legends like Paul Dini, Adam West and Jeph Loeb.
Stand aside, boys: the Clown Prince himself wishes to make a statement.
"For all those fans that dreamed of an adult approach to the material, 'Batman Begins' got nearly everything right," Mark Hamill wrote to MTV News upon first seeing the trailer for Chris Nolan's "The Dark Knight." "I have no doubt this one will be just as good or better." Read More...
Ever since the first trailer for "The Dark Knight" premiered online late Thursday night, we've been pouring over the footage like it was the Zapruder film. And we mean that literally -- frame by exhausting, exhilarating, frame ("Back and to the left. Back … and to the left.")
But whereas that film could only offer hypothetical proof of a (possible) second gunman, "The Dark Knight" trailer offers so much more -- concrete evidence that the team behind the greatest comic book movie ever made have topped themselves in realizing its sequel. Front and foremost in their vision (and consequently, in the trailer as well) is Heath Ledger's Joker. Below, we lifted an image from the trailer of Ledger's Clown Prince to find out what it tells us about his characterization. After we're done, remember to head over to our exhaustive analysis of the whole trailer to find out about the rest of the footage.
Check out more analysis and a slew of new pictures here! Read More...
Take a long hard look at the new face of terror and anarchy in Gotham City. It's the hot off the presses first look at the Joker courtesy of Empire magazine. And if that's not enough Joker for you, be sure to check out Heath Ledger's recent comments to us about the character AND Jack Nicholson's controversial remarks as well.