I would have forgotten about an off-handed comment I made a few weeks ago were it not for Streebo and Neil -- who both mentioned it on their blogs. Since I was part of the discussion I figured I would put it up here as well.
Discussing the trailer for the upcoming Batman movie, Neil Shyminsky said
"Having watched the trailer, I'm also noticing a lot of similarities between Ledger's Joker and The Crow: the aesthetic, the posture, the stare. Which all, again, seems very un-Joker-like."
At which point I responded
"Un-Joker like is only half the problem. The real problem is why on on earth you would want the Crow haunting your movie?"
It is not just that there is this connection between Heath Ledger dying before Dark Knight is out and Brandon Lee dying before The Crow came out. It is also that Brandon Lee's death itself recalls the death of his father, Bruce Lee, before finishing HIS final film, Game of Death. All three actors died playing characters whose job it was to bring death to others in a dramatic, fun way.
I think the thing that really strikes a chord with everyone in these cases is that when you discover that the actor died, you are also faced with this uncanny knowledge that they will return shortly -- when Dark Knight, The Crow or Game of Death hits theaters. It reminds us that the feeling of immediacy that we get from movies is just an illusion. Like literal stars, there is this sense that by the time the light of movie stars gets to us, they may have burned out already.