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Heath Ledger's Joker Copped Pushback Over This 'Controversial' Decision

Nobody panics when things go "according to plan."

The Dark Knight is arguably the greatest comic-book movie ever made and a good reason for that is because of Heath Ledger‘s unforgettable turn as the pencil-disappearing, lip-licking Joker. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Heath Ledger in being the Joker as not only his casting was considered controversial at the time, his role in the film would’ve had a completely different origin according to the co-writer of The Dark Knight.

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Chatting about how the origin of the Joker came about at Comic-Con@Home (via IndieWire), Dark Knight co-writer David S. Goyer says that the character’s lack of origin story was viewed as a “controversial” creative decision (not unlike Heath Ledger’s casting) by the studio, and he and director Christopher Nolan had to fight tooth and nail for their idea of having no Joker backstory at all.

“I do remember when we were talking about, ‘Well, what if the Joker doesn’t really have an origin story?’ Even after the success of ‘Batman Begins,’ that was considered a very controversial thing. We got a lot of pushback. People were worried.

‘Well you have to have an origin story. How can people just not know?’ I just remember the discussions at the time were that it was scarier, and it was scarier.”

The defining aspect of Heath Ledger’s Joker is the lack of origin story for the character and how he keeps others on the back foot by telling different stories about how he got his infamous scars. But at the time of the movie’s development in 2007, you can also sort of see why the studio had such a reaction against it.

Batman Begins ushered in the whole gritty origin story schtick and it worked brilliantly. Throw in the fact that every comic book film up to that point had an origin story for both its heroes and villains as a way to flesh out the characters, it’s perhaps no surprise that the studio were tugging at their collar over the idea of having Heath Ledger play a version of Joker with no backstory.

But at the end of the day, it’s a good thing Goyer and Nolan’s idea for no Joker origin story ultimately won out because The Dark Knight was a critically acclaimed money maker and Heath Ledger’s take on the character is still the best one yet. Sorry Joaquin Phoenix.

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In News You Won't Believe, Dwayne Johnson Almost Played A Seriously Buff Willy Wonka

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been at the centre of some wild stories, like how he was one of the first people on this green(ish) earth to know about Osama Bin Laden’s death and him trying to make dick towels a thing, but the most unbelievable story I’ve heard so far – by which I mean you literally can’t believe it – is how he was nearly cast by Tim Burton as the actor to play a young and buff version of Willy Wonka.

As I said, you literally can’t believe it.

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Sharing to Instagram a clip taken from the iconic Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he was one of the actors Tim Burton considered to play the eccentric chocolate factory owner in the 2005 remake of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic.

But alas, history went in the direction of Johnny Depp and we got what was a decent enough adaptation of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Having said that, it seemed like the thought of missing out on Willy Wonka didn’t phase ol’ Dwayne Johnson.

While the thought of Tim Burton casting him as Willy Wonka lasted “all of seven seconds,” Dwayne writes how he wouldn’t have pulled off the role anyway considering he was still “The Rock” back then, had no global recognition, or “any real acting experience” so he wasn’t bitter towards Johnny Depp for winning the role.

Given how Dwayne Johnson has established himself as a box-office powerhouse these days, he could probably will himself into the role of Willy Wonka if he wanted to now, which gives rise to what that would even look like.

Gene Wilder played Willy Wonka as a guarded, hard-to-read character while Johnny Depp went in the other direction and doubled down in the eccentricity. Where Dwayne Johnson fits on that spectrum I have no idea. The only thing we can say for certain is that his Willy Wonka would’ve been super buff and the snozberries probably would’ve tasted like protein powder.

Whether this whole thing about Dwayne Johnson nearly being the actor playing Willy Wonka for Tim Burton is true or not is up in the air. But as a dearly departed wise man (and the definitive Willy Wonka for all times) once said, “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”

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There's A Simple Explanation That Links Every 'Super Mario' Game Together

A lot more thought put into the Mushroom Kingdom than you may think.

For all of its brilliance, the Super Mario Bros. universe has its share of weird inconsistencies and unexplained things, like Goombas and their seemingly non-existent arms. But one of the big questions that have been plaguing many over the years is the how exactly does the Super Mario canon work. Are all the games set in the same universe? Why are Mario and Bowser enemies in one game, only to buddy up in the next while racing go-karts?

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It’s a bit of a head scratcher that’s ripe for the fan theory treatment, but it turns out that there’s a surprisingly simple explanation for everything from none other than the creator of the Super Mario series, Shigeru Miyamoto.

Chatting to Game Informer about some of the biggest burning questions and theories about Super Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked about how the series’ canon works and why Mario and Peach seem to flip-flop between being enemies and friends with Bowser from game to game.

But Miyamoto’s explanation into this sort of weird inconsistency in the Super Mario Bros. is that every character in the series’ universe is merely an actor in a troupe. Yeah.

So think of each Super Mario game as a “play” and each role is nothing more than a “part” played by the series’ troupe of characters, and each “part” changes depending on what type of game it is. Huh how about that.

It’s a simple yet brilliant explanation that easily waves away the issue of why the Super Mario canon can seem a bit weird and how the likes of Mario and Luigi can be mortal enemies with Bowser and Wario in one game, only to joyfully play tennis with each other in another.

Having established that the universe of Super Mario Bros. is surprisingly consistent and its canon is sound, it’s become abundantly clear that trying to ground the series into some sort of established lore is the antithesis of what the series is about.

Sure it’s good to know that every game is linked in a very wholesome meta way, but the beauty of Super Mario is its simplistic freewheeling magic where anything goes and there’s no need to place so much emphasis on something as restrictive as “canon”. It certainly explains why Nintendo hasn’t bothered to canonise an official lore for Super Mario – there’s just no need.

Now if someone could explain why Kim Cattrall wanted bang Mario that one time, that would be great.

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