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savafan
09-23-2005, 10:51 PM
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds24568.html

Steve Carell apparently intends to battle with Sean Penn over the role of The Joker in the sequel to Batman Begins.

He told Total Film magazine: "I would love to play the role. If it's either Sean Penn or me in line, then I want a showdown to prove which one of us is the better actor.

"We'd just have to oil up and wrestle for it."

Meanwhile, other names tipped to take the role have included Paul Bettany, Mark Hamill and Lachy Hulme.

Carell can currently be seen in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

RBA
09-23-2005, 10:54 PM
I think Mark Hamil could pull it off.

How about Joe Randa?

savafan
09-23-2005, 11:00 PM
Mark Hamill did the voice of the Joker in the animated series, so he already knows the character. I think he'd be a good choice.

Joseph
09-23-2005, 11:23 PM
I love Star Wars, and I think Luke....errr...Mark would be great in this.

MrCinatit
09-24-2005, 07:32 AM
actually, i thought Luke was originally slated to play The Joker in the next Batman installment, but i could be halucinating.
however, IMO, Penn is one of the better actors out there and could do a rather good job.
Carell? i have been a huge fan of his for quite a while...but i really can't see it. if i am reading the direction the current Batman franchise is taking, Carell would not be the man for this particular roll. This is heading towards a very dark, brooding franchise of epic proportions...and i am sorry, but i cannot see Carell being able to pull this roll off. however, i have been wrong many times before.

Johnny Footstool
09-24-2005, 12:14 PM
Mark Hamill is scary good as the Joker. He's come a long way from his whiney "I want to go to Toschi Station to pick up some power converters" days.

Ravenlord
09-24-2005, 08:14 PM
Mark Hamill is far and away the best choice...Penn could never do the voice right to make me believe he's the Joker.

Caveat Emperor
09-25-2005, 07:15 PM
Mark Hamill would be very interesting as the Joker. I know he can do the voice with amazing ease (and that voice *is* the Joker voice as far as I'm concerned), but there is a big difference between just sounding good, and actually being good on the screen.

missionhockey21
09-25-2005, 07:28 PM
I am a huge fan of Carrell but like mentioned, given the direction of the franchise to stay closer to what is actually the true feel of Batman, he would be out of place in that role. Hamill is the right man for the job of The Joker.

Unassisted
09-25-2005, 08:56 PM
I think Carell is too understated to play The Joker and Sean Penn brings too much unfunny off-screen baggage to make the role work. First off, I'd say think outside the box and give the role to someone with a different ethnicity, a gift for comedy and real physical presence, like Jackie Chan or Samuel Jackson or Chris Tucker.

Looking back in the box, Will Ferrell would be good, but he's probably too expensive. How about Vince Vaughn?

Michael Allred
09-26-2005, 01:02 AM
Oy, Hamill is too *old* for the role these days, he'd be wanted back for sequels. Also, there is a HUGE difference between voicing a character for a cartoon and pulling it off in front of a camera. It will never happen, same goes for Carell. I don't see Penn either.

Last I heard, Paul Bettany is Chris Nolan's leading candidate.

BTW, ya'll realize the Joker isn't just one big punchline right? Comedy isn't the sole requirement to play him perfect. Joker's a psychopath afterall.

Reds4Life
09-26-2005, 01:09 AM
Oy, Hamill is too *old* for the role these days, he'd be wanted back for sequels. Also, there is a HUGE difference between voicing a character for a cartoon and pulling it off in front of a camera. It will never happen, same goes for Carell. I don't see Penn either.

Last I heard, Paul Bettany is Chris Nolan's leading candidate.

BTW, ya'll realize the Joker isn't just one big punchline right? Comedy isn't the sole requirement to play him perfect. Joker's a psychopath afterall.

I agree on the age thing, if they are going to look for someone that old bring back Jack Nicholson!

http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/warner_brothers/batman/jack_nicholson/batman3.jpg

I do think Penn could play the role rather well though.