Dennis Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles beach community of Venice, surrounded by family and friends, family friend Alex Hitz said. Hopper’s manager announced in October 2009 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Hopper had a long career in movies and television and certainly had a strong resurgence in the 90’s with villainous turns in Speed and Waterworld.
My favorite Hopper roles were his alcoholic Assistant Basketball Coach in the classic “Hoosiers” and his wildly wacky role as Lieutenant “Lefty” Enright in Tobe Hopper’s very strange Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Both of these films, along with Blue Velvet, were released in 1986. Hopper will be missed.
Director Christopher Nolan brought the Caped Crusader back to the big screen in 2005’s “Batman Begins” and 2008’s “The Dark Knight” which earned over $1 billion worldwide and garnered Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his role as The Joker.
While no other details about the film were announced Friday, speculation will begin in earnest as to what the storyline will entail and who the villian or villians will be.
While one wouldn’t think that director Nolan would recast the Joker with a new actor to replace the late Heath Ledger, you have to believe that the greedy studio executives would have little problem whispering in his ear to do just that. The Joker is Box-office gold and the audience interest with a different actor playing the role would create the same type of pre-Dark Knight buzz that the film got after the stunning death of Ledger. Bottom line, LET the speculation begin! It should be fun.