This goofy scene from A Knight's Tale recreates history far better than …

When A Knight's Tale came out in 2001, critics snarked about how director Brian Helgeland used contemporary rock music in a medieval jousting flick. But this opening scene, with peasants dancing to Queen at a jousting match, is one of the greatest examples of historical recreation you'll ever see. » 3/15/13 1:17pm 3/15/13 1:17pm

What would it take to be Bane? A Dark Knight Rises infographic

Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy was a huge, crazy ride that included a ton of defining performances, from Michael Caine to Heath Ledger — and yet, Tom Hardy's growling sociopath Bane still stands out. Tomorrow, The Dark Knight Rises comes out on DVD and Blu-ray and you can relive the chaos. But in the meantime, you… » 12/03/12 1:17pm 12/03/12 1:17pm

Christopher Nolan originally approached Heath Ledger to play Bruce…

Hard to imagine now — but Christopher Nolan's first conversations with Heath Ledger were actually about playing Batman, not the Joker. But Ledger told Nolan that "he'd never do this kinda film," according to a talk Nolan gave last night at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. But by the time came that Nolan was casting… » 11/29/12 3:33pm 11/29/12 3:33pm

The Verdict on the New Heath Ledger-Inspired Joker Graphic Novel

If you’re not familiar with Brian Azzarello, the scribe behind DC’s new Joker » 10/24/08 4:47pm 10/24/08 4:47pm comic, you can get all the information you need just from the name of his most notable work, . Yes, the Azz is known for his liberal deployment of violence, and it’s a quality that befits this new graphic novel—one that conspicuously jumps…

Ledger's Joker To Get Best Supporting Oscar Nod?

Warner Bros has confirmed that they are going to be campaigning for Heath Ledger to be nominated for, and to win, a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Dark Knight » 10/19/08 6:00am 10/19/08 6:00am - becoming on the seventh actor to be nominated for an Oscar after their death - but some are complaining that his Joker …

Why We Deserve Better Villains — And How To Get Them

Why are people still so crazed over Heath Ledger's Joker after a month in theaters? Maybe because he's the first villain we've seen in ages who didn't kind of lick. The problem of villain suckage is endemic in heroic narratives, where villains get redeemed, become sympathetic, or lose their menace too easily. We've got … » 8/20/08 3:41pm 8/20/08 3:41pm

Ledger's Last Film No Dark Knight Easy Sell, Says Studio

Heath Ledger's death gave The Dark Knight » 8/18/08 6:30am 8/18/08 6:30am some buzz, though for tragic reasons. But the makers of Ledger's final movie, Terry Gilliam's , are concerned that even rumors of an Oscar nomination for the deceased actor can't help their movie find a US distributor.According to , potential distributors drawn in by the…

Batman's Best Friend Reveals Villain Of Third Bat-Movie

What Bat-menace will grace the big screen in the next Batman movie to come after Dark Knight? Gary Oldman, who plays good cop Jim Gordon, and director Christopher Nolan spilled the beans in an interview. But Nolan also hinted he may not be around to complete his Bat-trilogy. Also, they addressed the tricky issue of… » 6/30/08 8:40am 6/30/08 8:40am

Christian Bale Looks Bat-rophied

Bruce Wayne looks sort of grumpy, like the Joker disturbed his naptime, in this new promo still from Batman: The Dark Knight. He's also not nearly as buff as he was in Batman Begins, while the Batsuit has more fake plastic muscles than before. Also released today: a new poster for The Dark Knight that tastefully avoids … » 1/28/08 2:30pm 1/28/08 2:30pm