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Why the name? "Shakedown" is a period of testing or trial journey undergone by a ship, plane or other craft before declared operational. 2.0 simply because it's my second trial blog [see the first blog here]

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Trailer for the Batman movie sequel - The Dark Knight

For those of you like me who's also waiting for next year's sequel to Christopher Nolan's successful reboot of the Batman franchise, here's a new trailer on YouTube to get you more excited.

Titled "The Dark Knight," the next movie will feature the return of Christian Bale as millionaire playboy by day turned repressed psychopath by night Bruce Wayne aka Batman. Portraying the evil Joker will be Heath Ledger, an actor known for his versatility and not being shy in taking any kind of roles. Mrs. Cruise Katie Holmes will not be in this movie, turning down a salary estimated at between $1 million and $2 million. Other returning lead actors are Michael Caine (Alfred), Gary Oldman (Lt. Gordon) and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox). Aaron Eckhart will be appearing as Harvey Dent, more known as district attorney turned madman Two-Face. This somehow gives a hint of an outline for a possible third film.

Some interesting facts about "The Dark Knight":

  • Hugh Jackman and Josh Lucas were among actors who expressed interest in the role of District Attorney Harvey Dent.
  • This is the first Batman film to not have "Batman" in the title.
  • Robin Williams, Paul Bettany, Adrien Brody also expressed interest for the role of the Joker
  • When asked, "Why Ledger as the Joker?" Director Nolan said, "Because he's fearless."
  • The Joker's character is based on his first two appearances in the comic books, as well as his portrayal in the graphic novel "The Killing Joke." To prepare for the role, Heath lived alone in a hotel room for a month researching the character and developing his performance, which he claims is based upon Sid Vicious and the character of Alex in "A Clockwork Orange" (1971). Ledger found the role extremely difficult, and suffered insomnia as a result.
  • Off-duty Chicago Police Officers were requested to play Gotham Police officer extras.
Head to IMDB for more trivia. The Dark Knight is expected to be shown sometime July next year. For more updates regarding the movie, you can visit their official website at

Marvel of course also has movies lined up next year, one of the anticipated is IronMan starring Robert Downey Jr. click here to view the trailer

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