Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Heath Ledger to play the Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight.

Entertainment: I am already tired of the Brokeback jokes that will pop up.

"The Dark Knight" will be produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan. "Batman Begins," the franchise's first installment in eight years, took in $205 million domestically and $166 million overseas. Monday's announcement comes amid a less-than-stellar summer for the studio following releases of "Poseidon," "Superman Returns" and "Lady in the Water." Warner didn't disclose whether Legendary Pictures would finance "The Dark Knight." Legendary put up half the financing for both "Batman Begins" and "Superman Returns." With production starting next winter, it's likely "The Dark Knight" will be slotted into the summer 2008 lineup. Two pics are already sitting on the first weekend of May 2008 -- the 22nd James Bond feature, from Sony/MGM, and "Iron Man," from Marvel and Paramount. Disney's next "Chronicles of Narnia" installment is also expected for release that summer. Bale was most recently seen in Terrence Malick's "The New World." Ledger was nommed for a best actor Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain."
2008 is going to be a loaded year for movies and it looks like Batman has become the tentpole comic character for Warner Bros after the disappointing numbers for Superman which did not perform to the hype. I still blame Singer for calling it a "chick flick"

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