Those rumours about Heath Ledger look to be true after all. According to Hollywood Elsewhere the Australian actor will play The Joker in the next Batman film. Christopher Nolan returns to direct and it will be called The Dark Knight. Despite not being a huge fan of his work prior to Brokeback Mountain, his performance in that film demonstrated that he was not only willing to take risks but that he could really act.
Some people already seem to have reservations but as long as Nolan preserves the tone of Batman Begins I think this could be inspired casting. The title of the new film suggests it may be influenced by Frank Miller’s Dark Knight comics and Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke. It will certainly be interesting to see how it all works out.