Casting has just been completed for 400 extras to play policeofficers in a major scene to be shot next week. The scene is most
likely a funeral scene.
Why a funeral scene? Well, it turns outthat in his quest to turn the city of Gotham upside down, The Joker
(Heath Ledger) knocks off both the Mayor and the Police Commissioner.
He goes after DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) by dropping in on a party
for Dent being held by Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale). You may already
know about the party, especially if you saw those pics. This is where
The Joker grabs a hold of Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and
ultimately where he first battles Batman.
My good friend Peter over at /Filmreported a few weeks ago that The Joker does in fact kidnap Rachel
Dawes from the party (as seen in the first Joker pic that was released;
the one where he is holding a knife to her throat). According to my
source, that is only partly true. It turns out that The Joker shows up
to the party looking for Harvey Dent, as he is next in line to die.
Bruce Wayne slips out of the party and puts dons the Batsuit (which
seems to be getting mixed reactions from the fans). When he re-enters,
he throws Dent out of the way, leaving Dawes (who was Dent’s date)
unattended. The Joker then takes her as his hostage and ultimately ends
up throwing her out of the window. He also jumps out of the window,
followed by Batman.
Also showing up at the party is Senator Patrick Leahy, who also has words with The Joker.
Indescribing Heath Ledger as The Joker, our source said, “Heath Ledger is
good. Very Dark. He looked sort of like a bum clown, as if haphazardly
done. His hair was nappy — he looked kinda weasely. But he is a
twisted, scary guy.”
Our source also revealed that the entireparty sequence was shot with a steadicam, with some shots being
conducted with an IMAX camera.
Our source also tried to helpclear up the “multiple Batmans” rumor that has been running rampant
around the interwebs. We obviously know that there are multiple guys in
Batsuits running around the city, as evidence from the pictures that
were leaked. Our source said that based on the dialogue he has heard in
some of the scenes, this is all a ploy by The Joker to damage Batman’s
image. It all plays into a sick and twisted mind game that The Joker
uses to create chaos. It certainly makes more sense than the “Batman
impostor” theory that has been going around.
Quite a lot ofinformation, I know. Some of it is new and some of it just clears up
information that is already out there, but it is all very interesting.
What strikes me is the element of this mind game between The Joker and
Batman. That plays so well into Christopher Nolan’s style as a
storyteller. The potential is limitless. It also somewhat explains the
look of The Joker, with the make-up and the dyed hair. In this version,
it seems to me that they are creating a Joker that is less a physical
creation and more a mental creation, in that this Joker is just a
nutcase who dyes his hair and probably cut up his own face to get that
look. If they continue to take him down a darker and more twisted
slope, I am in — even despite the fact that his skin won’t be
chemically altered to white.