This is helped by the broad outlines of his actors, and the costumes he fits them in. There's naught here, as performances go — they're all sparse, and are less characters than they are cliches or archetypes relying on past popular images of the characters. Still, Schoenke's picked out two actors at the heart of it all that could not be visually a better fit for the two nemeses. His Batman cuts a huge, black figure against the moonlight sky, muscular but not a Hulk. And here he does something that no Hollywood rendition of the character has done — he puts him in the traditional black-and-gray tight-togs of the comic, and it comes off far better than expected, helped not a little by the production value invested in it, I'm sure. I can't quite tell if it's Spandex or not, but it looks astounding, an image cut right from the pages of Jim Lee (in all the right ways, for those who know my opinion on Snyder's Watchmen). His Joker is no different — a gangly, knobby-nosed, corpse-white ghoul done up in dainty-fit which isn't too far a stretch visually from Heath Ledger's own inimitable portrayal. Unintentionally, I'm sure, but the holes around his eyes and the raggedy nature of his once-great clothing can't help but recall that performance. His voice is a self-acknowledged rip on Mark Hamill's, but it works.
As I said before, this is not a film for performances or writing. The story is rote, and if not for its ending, would be pretty well indistinguishable from anything found before in the monthlies. Schoenke's actors are better seen and not heard - what dialogue they are given comes off as trite and emotionally unconvincing, whether that's because it's just bad, exposition-laden dialogue, or because they really just cannot act. The man playing Batman is actually The Rock's stunt double, and too often the words coming out of his mouth sound too much like the growly, pumped-up speech of a wrestler coming into the ring, through a veil of Conroy-esque animalism. You'd not be too far off in expecting him to say "Joker! I'm gonna break ya' face!" And the Joker is no different, given dialogue that's a little too indistinguishable from Mark Hamill's own take on the character. It's all just this side of cliche, but then again, I don't think any of that is the point.