by: Miya Sakara 6:10 pm EST
Comedy Hub Hollywood Reporter
The breakthrough Batman film "Dark Knight" has packed theaters opening weekend across the country and already has broken the box office record previously set by "Spiderman 3". Critics have praised the performance of both Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger. With the cash registers ringing at full speed executives at Warner Bros. are reportedly already considering a possible sequel to the Gotham thriller.
But just one problem, with the passing of Heath Ledger how could a second Batman feature film even be considered? Aging Laker fan Jack Nicholson is offering a solution: cast him as the next Joker. Sources close to Nicholson say that the idea is more than just another hangover induced rant following the Lakers loss in the finals to the Boston Celtics last month. Nicholson is so serious about a sequel to Batman that he hired a makeup artist and wardrobe designer to fit him for the role.
Studio exec's are listening but are divided about Nicholson's other request to replace Christian Bale with Micheal Keaten who has been retired since his 1986 lead role in "Gung Ho". Nicholson believes that the 1983 thriller "Mr. Mom" is evidence enough that Keaten has the courage and versatility to play the role of Gotham's savior. Other discussion of a possible role of Robin for Chris O'Donnell or a "Catwoman" spin off featuring Halle Berry are being called "absurd" and "Dead On Arrival" at the Warner Bros. Studio.
In related news California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been eyeing a possible return to the big screen and has been observed shopping his own action thriller entitled "Mr. Freeze". The film would center on his character, a brilliant scientist turned anti-global warming crusader caught in a love tryst with "Poison Ivy" a villainess commander of poisonous plants.