I haven’t commented on the tragic death of Heath Ledger here on the site. Honestly, that’s because I don’t feel like there’s anyting that can be said on this website that either hasn’t already been said or that would add anything in anyway to enhance the memory of Ledger. I will say that his death was tragic and my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to his family and friends. I don’t know if we’ll ever know how much Heath Ledger’s talent will be missed, but I do know that those close to him will miss the person, not the talent the most.
The question raised not thirty minutes after the news about Ledger’s death was “What about The Dark Knight? Did he get everything filmed? While the timing for a lot of people seemed a bit insensitive, it was a legitmate question to be asked down the road.
The answer is, yes, Ledger finished everything he needed to finish for the Dark Knight. His portrayal of The Joker looks to be the one that will set the standard for the character for years to come. There is a lot that has been said about Heath, and a lot more that can be said and most likely will be said.
Businesswise, it now falls to Warner Brothers to continue to market The Dark Knight in a tasteful and respectful way that will still serve to get people genuinely excited about this film. One way they’re doing that is by shifting the focusing of the marketing from the Joker to the character of Harvey Dent.
In fact, Aaron Eckhart has come out and admitted that Harvey Two Face will show up in The Dark Knight. While we knew that based on earlier reports from Wizard World Chicago and leaked pictures of a Two Face action figure, it’s nice to hear someone involved with the film talk a bit more about the character of Harvey Dent and Two Face. You can read a great interview with him by clicking here, and since you can still google it and find it, I assume it’s ok to have the picture of the action figure here. If not…someone let me know.
Then there’s this rumor over at Comics2Film. Apparently someone heard there would be a new trailer for the movie with 10,000 B.C. When I read this, I felt like someone had been misinformed, I had heard this nowhere else. With four months to go before the release of the movie I figure it will be a month or so before we get a new trailer if at all. However, if there is a new trailer, I expect that it will focus more heavily on Batman and Harvey Dent. We may even get to see the shot from Wizard World of Harvey Dent talking to the bartender.
Also, there’s the release of Batman:Gotham Knights on DVD. This DVD will be an Animatrix styled series of shorts done anime style chronicling events that occur between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. The shorts will feature villains like Scarecrow, Killer Croc, and Deathstroke. The presence of Deathstroke (Slade to fans of the Teen Titans cartoon) has led to some speculation that character may be in The Dark Knight. I wouldn’t expect it. This movie is gonna be so chock full of stuff from the Joker storyline and the backbone of the story, Harvey Dent’s journey, that if Deathstroke is even mentioned, it will be just that, a quick mention. Sort of like the nod to Star Wars fans when Obi Wan mentions Master Voss in Revenge of the Sith.
I think that the only speculation left about the movie now is just how good it’s gonna be. Just a little over four months and counting….