Friday, February 02, 2007

If I Were A Casting Director for the Dark Knight

by Nick
Casting for The Dark Knight (aka Film Most Likely To Be Seen By Brian 2008) is apparently under way. Edward Norton appears to have passed on playing Harvey Dent.

Rumoured to be running are Jamie Foxx, Josh Lucas and Aaron Eckhart.

Out of those three, I'd pick Foxx. Eckhart sounded good at first, but then the thought of him as a friend/nemesis to Bale's Wayne doesn't really get the vessels pumping. What Nolan could do with Foxx could be very cool, though.

Of course, Paddy Considine playing Two-Face could be the most awesome thing on God's green earth.

8 Comments:

Blogger Brian said...

Ah, fun topic.

I'm a big fan of Ed Norton, but is he just an idiot? Why would you pass on that?

I think my choice for Dent would be Chiwetel Ejiofor, sadly not in the running apparently. Foxx would be OK too, I guess. Eckhart would be boring. Too predictable.

I'm OK with Ledger as Joker. I'd be cool with either Blunt or Gyllenhaal as Rachel, although I didn't really have a problem with Holmes in the first place.

2/02/2007 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger LesterG said...

I'm really surprised they're bringing back the Rachel character at all.

I'm assuming her return/demise helps drive the plot, but I'm sure they could figure out a way to kill her off-screen. Re-casting is never a good move, particularly with the Bat franchise.

I do love some of the names (Blunt, Hathaway, McAdams) who have been mentioned for the love interest, though.

2/02/2007 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I'm a big fan of Ed Norton, but is he just an idiot? Why would you pass on that?

I'm sort of glad he did. I can just see the Edward Norton Two-Face. He'd overplay it.

It's like how Tommy Lee Jones seemed an excellent choice in Batman Forever. And then you saw it.

Considering it now, I think Nolan might have passed on him.

my choice for Dent would be Chiwetel Ejiofor

That's like cheating. I mean, is there anything that Ejiofor could not do better than anyone else? Ejiofor is so good he could probably take over and play Rachel Dawes better than Holmes did.

surprised they're bringing back the Rachel character at all.

I'm both yes and no.

Nolan is doing something new. And also, Batman (note: not Wayne) reattaching himself to a new woman for every film does go against who/what the character is.

But Dawes was a very unfascinating character, and like you said, recasting just one character could be a bit jarring for the whole. Besides the ending of the last one makes it perfectly plausible for her to have just removed herself from his life.

I do love some of the names (Blunt, Hathaway, McAdams) who have been mentioned for the love interest, though.

I'm not a big fan of Hathaway. She's a fine romcom actress, but otherwise? She just doesn't do it for me. Other ones are smashing, though.

2/02/2007 05:29:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Ejiofor is so good he could probably take over and play Rachel Dawes better than Holmes did.

Hmm, not sure about that. I wanted to run screaming every time the Kinky Boots trailer came on.

Anyway, Dawes wasn't a terribly interesting character in Batman Begins, but that doesn't mean she couldn't have been as the series progressed. I assumed that subsequent movies would make her a central figure in the Dent storyline, and there's a lot you could do with that. Also, having set up her unwavering idealism in the first film, there are a lot of ways that you could challenge that.

At any rate, DK looks to have no shortage of storylines.

2/02/2007 05:52:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Sherry said...

As long as an actor of the same race plays Dent after he becomes Two Face....I'm good.

2/04/2007 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Trades say Aaron Eckhart got the part as Dent, which I guess I'm all right with. God knows they could do worse.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is supposedly also in the running for the Dawes character, which would be excellent.

Looks like they're getting a hell of a cast for this film.

2/16/2007 01:20:00 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Yeah, well, I'll stand by my assessment of Eckhart being a boring choice until proven otherwise. Makes waiting for 2008 a little bit easier.

2/16/2007 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I'm thinking of it like the casting of Ra's Al Ghul. Daniel Day Lewis or Viggo Mortensen would have been cooler but the movie was still friggin excellent with Liam Neeson.

2/17/2007 04:19:00 AM  

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