Re: 8 years of no Batman or Bruce Wayne, and NO ONE could pick up the trend?
Exactly BLR. Hardy's was extremely well thought out, to the point where it even surprised Nolan. Tom really goes the extra mile with all his performances. Whether people liked the voice or not, is irrelevant. It's an acquired taste, but what's art without taking risks? Heath took a risk as well. It doesnt make it any less valid of an attempt from Mr. Ledger just because more people enjoyed what he came up with.
I can smell it a mile away when somebody doesnt put effort into their character. What happens is, you just see the actor. I didnt see Heath in his performance, and for a good chunk of the time i didnt see Hardy either.
"Guys, what would be your reaction if Alfred was Batgirl in this movie? You go watch the movie, everything cool, halfway through, Alfred becomes Batgirl."