Christopher Nolan considered casting Heath Ledger as Batman

He approached the star about Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan may be done telling Baman stories on the big screen, but apparently he has plenty more stories to tell about making the films themselves.

While talking at a Lincoln Centre Q&A in New York City this week (via Hitfix), the director revealed that he originally considered casting Heath Ledger as The Bat in Batman Begins.

When Nolan met with Ledger, though, the actor politely declined - and told him he’d never be in a comic-book movie.

Fast forward a few years and Ledger was so impressed with what Nolan did with 2005’s Batman Begins that he agreed to meet to talk about The Dark Knight.

“He didn’t like to work too much,” Nolan explains of the actor. “He liked to do a character and then stop working and let enough time go by until he was hungry for it again.

“And that’s what happened when he came in; he was really ready to do something like that.”

Though we obviously can't imagine anybody else playing The Joker or Batman in Nolan's film, we're sure Ledger would have made a fantastic Bat. If only we had a screen test to pore over...

Think Ledger would have been great as Batman? Tell us below!


    • vidoardes

      Nov 30th 2012, 15:04

      If Heath had been cast as the bat, we never would have seen his legendary performance as the Joker. it's hard to imagine what he would be like as Batman, but I don't think he would have been able to run with it anywhere as much as he did with the Joker. Probably would have gone down as a good, but not amazing performance. Then again, he probably would have proved me wrong :P

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    • cc1129

      Nov 30th 2012, 15:30

      Hard to say. I couldn't picture him as The Joker until I saw his performance.

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    • Ali1748

      Nov 30th 2012, 16:52

      Funny how the way things turn out.

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    • t8cmf

      Nov 30th 2012, 17:21

      I'm sort of glad he didn't go for the Batman gig. We wouldn't have seen his Joker otherwise. Bale was a great Batman I thought.

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    • Ali1748

      Nov 30th 2012, 19:19

      Bale probably could make for an interesting joker, I mean just look at his performance in American Pyscho.

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