Well this is certainly a shocker. I know it’s April Fool’s Day and what not, but I certainly didn’t expect such controversial movie news to coincidentally hit the web on April Fool’s Day. According to Movie Site.com, Christopher Nolan has made some major casting announcements for his next Batman film. Get this; Don Rickles as Batman and Sammy Davis Jr. as the Joker! Huh? I’m sure I’m not the only person thinking a big WTF at this news. First off, shouldn’t these roles be reversed? Lots of people have been backing the idea of a Don Rickles Joker performance for years now, making Nolan’s choice to cast him as Bruce Wayne a bit of a slap in the face of fans around the internebs. And Sammy Davis Jr.? Aside from the fact that he’s been dead for years now, everyone knows that Davis IS The Dark Knight. In defense of his decision, Nolan claims that it was the audition process that really identified the strengths of Rickles as the Caped Crusader. From his blog, NolanBlog.com:
“He walked into the room and I thought to myself ‘This is Batman. No question’. He then began joking about Hollywood being run by the jews, called me a polak and insulted my Mother. It was hilarious. I thought ‘Hmmm…maybe this is The Joker?’. I asked him to grimace for me, and it was like no…this is definitely Batman.”
In response to Sammy Davis as The Joker:
“Well we now know that a posthumous Joker performance works best. Sammy Davis just has an energy to him…or he used to have an energy to him…that just works for this role. Also, we all know he’s already got a pretty solid connection to the franchise. Why not work with it?”
This has been Film Junk’s official April Fool’s Day post for this, April 1st 2009. Enjoy the rest of your day.