Originally Posted by mclay18
Heath wasn't just a "teen heartthrob," he was a genuinely good actor. I can count half a dozen serious films (other than Brokeback and TDK) he has done. So your argument holds no water.
So, Heath brought even more to TDK than I bothered to describe, and that *weakens* my argument?
Okay, to fill in the full version of my argument:
1. TDK had the Joker, the most iconic and recognizable Bat villain
2. Said villain was played by Heath Ledger, a teen heart throb
3. Said teen heart throb was also a really good actor who gave an Oscar caliber performance
4. Said teen heart throb died before release, giving the movie tons of free publicity
Those are all factors that TDKR doesn't have, as of yet. I stick with my guns: growing name recognition and international market won't outweigh the Ledger-related factors that elevated TDK's gross.