Written by: Matt
Heath Ledger’s untimely death earlier this year has set off a lot of questions about how his dark role as The Joker in this summer’s Batman sequel, The Dark Knight, will be handled. Marketing for the studio drew back from the heavy push with Ledger’s Joker as the main attraction, which seemed reasonable at the time.
Now things are going too far though with rumors spreading that the studio is looking to cut out scenes which have been a bit “too soon” with some test audiences:
There have been recent secret screening[s] of The Dark Knight going on in various locations around the country. This may be of no surprise a couple of months short of release, however, what is of interest and concern is a scene the scooper talks of, which due to the tragic death of Heath Ledger, may never see the light of day because of reactions in many of the screenings.
Details on “the scene” are available and I’ll discuss them, but under the break in case you don’t want spoilers.
“The scene” consists of The Joker playing dead in a body bag. Yep, that’s it. It’s not a gruesome demise or some other extended death sequence. Just Heath Ledger in a body bag, which we’ve seen before but in a much more real way.
I think this is a terrible idea and unfair to Ledger’s performance. There’s no way he’d want it cut. This will be Heath’s final blockbuster, something that will last for years and years on past his life. Taking anything away from that because of his death would be unjust to him and his fans. Don’t do it Warner Bros.
Source: Cinemablend via /Film
Posted on: Friday, April 11, 2008
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