Only because of a trip to my brother’s house this past weekend did I finally have the chance to see Batman Begins, the supercharged superhero flick in which Christian Bale does particularly well in the role of the Caped Crusader. After enjoying that production, I was very much looking forward to its sequel, The Dark Knight, which is due out in the States in July. But the news today that Heath Ledger, the Australian actor who portrays The Joker in Knight, was found dead earlier today in a New York City apartment--either from suicide or an accidental drug overdose--certainly puts a damper on my enthusiasm for the film. However, The Dark Knight may prove to be a fine tribute to the 28-year-old Ledger’s talents. The trailer for that picture is certainly promising:
READ MORE: “Remembering Heath Ledger,” by Mary Elizabeth Williams (Salon).