Michael Jai White Reveals Experience With Heath Ledger On ‘The Dark Knight’

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Michael Jai White talked about his experience on the set of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight with the late Heath Ledger.

Heath Ledger’s Joker performance in The Dark Knight is regarded as one of the greatest performances of all time. Unfortunately, Heath Ledger notably passed away before the release of the film. Stories have been floating around for years about how seriously Heath Ledger took the Joker role and even wrote a diary to prep him for the role. However, Michael Jai White, who played Gambol in the film, talked to the Collider Live crew and said The Dark Knight set was calm and relaxed:

“Heath Ledger was having a ball. We were giving him a wide berth and not bothering him, but he was the one initiating conversations and we were doing magic tricks and all kinds of silly things. We would hold up the camera with us just trading jokes, and then when we were done, we would get to shooting. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a more relaxed stage.

He was so incredibly chill. The first day he comes in, we shoot half the day and he’s in full make up, cameras beside him and he’s talking to the boardroom. We break for lunch, I ask the director ‘So, what are we shooting after lunch?’ and he says, ‘We are going to finish up this side of the room.'”

Michael Jai White continued to tell the story saying:

“‘So you mean to tell me that  Heath has been in hours of make up and he’s not going to be on camera anytime today?’ and he said yeah. And I was like wow, he did that for us. That’s for real. And this is coming from the guy who played Spawn…hell no. No way would I do that. I will be in t-shirts and jeans if I don’t have to be marinating in my own juices.”

Michael Jai White also responded to the stories that Heath Ledger’s Joker performance is what led to his passing:

“That drives me up a wall. Because people want to write the story that this dark character consumed him. That’s people’s imagination. No, not at all. This dude had fun. You can see his playful character because of that scene when he comes out of the examination room and he does the hand sanatizer…you know he’s playing. You know he just did that for a goof. He’s having a ball. He’s modulating his voice. He is even asking us ‘what did you think?’ …And the truth of the matter is he passed away when he was doing The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, it wasn’t even this movie. You know how much longer that was?”

You can watch the full Michael Jai White interview about The Dark Knight below:

What are your thoughts on Michael Jai White’s comments? Is Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight still the greatest ever in a comic book film?

The Dark Knight Trilogy is set to return to IMAX theaters in 70mm format for Batman’s 80th anniversary. The re-release will take place in Hollywood, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, and Indianapolis.

Tickets for all five events will so sale starting Wednesday, March 13, at 9 a.m. Fans who purchase tickets for all three films will receive a lanyard and a special The Dark Knight Trilogy collectible.

Source: Collider Live

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

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Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

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I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

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Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

Richard Madden

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Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.

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Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.