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Morgan Freeman: Joker Role Didn’t Kill Heath

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Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman insists Heath Ledger's death had nothing to with him playing The Joker in The Dark Knight.

The 28-year-old actor died in January 2008 from an accidental drug overdose and while some people believe he was struggling to cope with the intensity of playing the maniacal character, co-star Morgan isn't convinced the role played any part in his untimely passing.

"Well, it's a downer when anything happens to an actor in mid-production. In fact, he didn't die during production, his part was wrapped up, but the movie itself wasn't out yet. People connected the character to his death because the character was so ... evil. People imagine that the role leaks into the man or something. And I don't think that was the case at all," Morgan said, speaking of Heath's tragic death.

Morgan - who has reprised his role as Lucius in new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises - also revealed he has no intention of retiring from acting even though he's 75: "What keeps anyone going? I have work. I have things to do. I prefer working to idleness. And I like my job. I'm lucky, I'm not working because I have to; I'm working because I love to."


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Tom Hardy Doesn’t Want to Compete with Heath Ledger

Tom HardyTom Hardy doesn't want to compete with Heath Ledger.

The Inception actor has admitted he isn't worried about living up to the late actor's legacy by taking on the role of the villain in the third Batman installment, The Dark Knight Rises.

"That would be putting myself in a competition with somebody who's clearly brilliant. And it's not a question of whose talent is greater or whose work is greater. It's just trying to be the best that we can be. I'm not trying to be better than somebody else. What he did was amazing. That's that. I've got a part I've got to play, and I want to play my part."

Tom portrays muscular comic book super-villain Bane in Christopher Nolan's latest film, while Brokeback Mountain star Heath was awarded a posthumous Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight Rises producer, Emma Thomas, said the writers wanted to steer clear of similarities with Heath's iconic Joker character: "We were obviously never going to revisit the Joker, and you don't want to be trying to chase that. It's fun to have a very different sort of villain in this, and a different sort of challenge for Batman to meet, much more physical. It's almost a more even match in some ways, you know, in a physical sense."


Tim Burton: My Batman Movies Were Lighthearted

On the set Batman Returns

Tim Burton believes his Batman movies are like a "lighthearted romp" compared to Christopher Nolan's rebooted versions. The Dark Shadows filmmaker was in charge of 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns, which he believes were a lot lighter than Christopher's latest installments of the superhero movie, The Dark Knight and the forthcoming follow up The Dark Knight Rises.

"I always get told that my material is dark, but nowadays my version of Batman looks like a lighthearted romp in comparison to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight."

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Watch this: The Dark Knight Rises trailer #3

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Videos,

The Dark Knight Rises is set to be unleashed upon us on July 20, less than three months from now, and Warner Bros. just hit us with a new trailer. The two-minute spot is better than the first two that were released, and makes us salivate a bit more for the finale of Christopher Nolan's Batman saga. Check it out.


New Spider-Man, Batman Teaser Posters

The Amazing Spider-Man

With all the excitement building around the upcoming Iron Man sequel and The Avengers, it's easy to see why Marvel Entertainment didn't want you to forget about their lone wall-crawling superhero, offering up a new teaser poster for The Amazing Spider-Man. Warner Bros. followed suit by unveiling a new teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises -- because DC has superheroes, too, lest you forget.

While Andrew Garfield looks promising as the new Spidey (as far as the wall posing goes, anyway), things don't look too good for Batman if the film's poster featuring Tom Hardy's Bane is intended to shed light on the plot.

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Anne Hathway: Batman’s New Catwoman

Anne Hathaway

Alice in Wonderland's White Queen will soon be adopting a much darker wardrobe.

It's just been announced that Anne Hathaway has won the role of Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman) in the next installment. The 28-year-old is now the latest Academy Award nominee -- following Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry -- to play the famous character.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Anne was chosen over a list of contenders that included Keira Knightley, Jessica Biel and Kate Mara.

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Last Batman Movie for Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale?


Whether or not Tom Hardy plays a villain The Dark Knight Rises (btw - it appears he is), there's one thing we should know about the next Batman installment: It may be the last for Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale.

At least that's what they're saying now.

In a recent interview with E!, Bale said the follow-up to Dark Knight will likely be his last turn as the Caped Crusader. "This will be, I believe -- unless Chris [Nolan] says different -- the last time I'll be playing Batman."

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Batman Sequel Gets a Name, Eliminates a Villain

Dark Knight logo

The pieces of the Batman puzzle are finally starting to come together.

Today, we learned several new tidbits about the franchise’s next installment – which, from this point on, we will officially call The Dark Knight Rises.

Although we do already know that Tom Hardy will be joining the Christopher Nolan project, it’s been unclear which character he will play. We can now say with certainty which role he won’t be playing: the Riddler.

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Read More | Los Angeles Times via New York Post


Third Batman Movie in the Works

Christian Bale - BatmanThe caped crusader is finally set to return to the big screen.

The sequel to The Dark Knight, still untitled, will begin production in April 2011. Movie franchise stars , Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman are all involved with the project.

Warner Bros. has scheduled the next movie for a July 20, 2012 release date.

Director ‘s current project, Inception, opened in theaters today.

Read More | Entertainment Weekly

Sequel News: Romy and Michele, Planet of the Apes and More


Planet of the Apes: The apes will rise again in 2011 when Fox delivers a Planet of the Apes prequel. The movie - currently titled Rise of the Apes - will have photo-realistic apes incorporated into the cautionary tale. The story, written by The Relic‘s Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, will explain how genetic engineering experimentation lead to the apes’ development. The Rupert Wyatt-directed film will be set in present-day San Francisco.

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