The Future Of The Joker In Cinema: A Fans' Perspective

Now that The Dark Knight trilogy has come to a close I ponder ahead to the future in cinema of a certain Mr. J

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By SpankyTheFirst - 8/22/2012


The green hair, purple suit, painted white face, mind insane as much as Batman's is sound. Personally I can't wait to see the infamous character with these features once again on the big screen, do you feel the same? Here I discuss my take on The Joker's cinema future and I also raise questions on how it could be done.

To get a better understanding of the future let's first look to the past of this characters cinema history. You have Batman (1989), and The Dark Knight (2008). In Batman (1989) we got Jack Nicholson's take on the character, one I believe to be good. He had faithful similarities to the comics apart from some changes which are to some very large. Changes such as his identity being revealed and him being the murderer of Bruce Wayne's parents. I think for the time the portrayal was fitting, it wasn't revolutionary per se but it could've been done a lot worse. Jack Nicholson really has a bigger than life persona and I think it makes sense that such an actor portray the clown prince of crime. My personal gripes are varied, I do mind the aforementioned changes to his character such as his identity being revealed and him being the murderer of Bruce Wayne's parents. On a bigger scale I have a bigger gripe about the portrayal, I do like The Joker being off the rocker to the tenth level, something I don't think was portrayed. Although I believe we did end up getting that in the portrayal I will discuss next.



The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008). Heck I could leave it at that. There's so much to get into with this portrayal, I'll start with where I left off in the last paragraph. The Joker being off the rocker to the tenth level. I believe here we get that in fantastic fashion. Changes include a change in look, probably the biggest being the scars. Man those scars, I couldn't tell you how he got them. As far as I know it's a deliberate multiple choice dilemma. Get it? Alright, I love this portrayal, changes aside I think it gets the essence of the character perfectly while expanding what it can be. I can go on talking about this portrayal for hours but for the sake of this article I'll cut it here and hopefully I said enough to express my admiration for this portrayal. Now on to the future.



The future of The Joker in cinema. I wonder. Are those folks over at Warner Bros. thinking about revisiting this character in the next round of Batman movies? Are they thinking about giving other rogues who haven't had a shot as recently a go around to battle the caped crusader on the big screen? Or are they not thinking about the next movies at all? I wonder. Batman's rogue gallery is rich, a different choice wouldn't be unusual. But when it comes to reaching for the very top shelf I think the choice is very clear. I also wonder about which Joker we could get. A classic take? A re-imagining? What about something akin to the Arkham Asylum version? I know people love the Arkham Asylum version, and from what I can tell it's very good. I now leave the discussion unto you, I want to hear people's opinions. What do you think? Do you think we'll see another portrayal in the next batch of movies? What are some characteristics you would like to see? Please comment below, spread your opinion and have fun with it. Thanks for reading, farewell.
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TheReddestHood - 8/22/2012, 3:36 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nCcdec8WdM
CaptainDC - 8/22/2012, 6:58 AM
I appreciate the effort and thought you put into this article. But there are two things wrong with this article.

1) Please write clearly and fluidly. You used complicated language and they didn't make any sense when put together. It is unclear and at some points in the article I had to stop and try and understand what you are even saying. Look it up over, and realize the best way to convey your point is to just write naturally. This article is difficult to read.

2) You never even told us what you think the future of The Joker is. You gave us a paragraph of questions. If you want to title a fan's perspective then give some perspective. You didn't say anything, and you just told us what we already knew.

Come on man, I respect the effort and passion you gave, but if you want people to read and understand your writing, you need to fix some things up.
DrDoom - 8/22/2012, 9:09 AM
Jack Nicholson was an awful Joker. I wish we could get more Ledger, but the drug-fueled moron had to go and die on us. How much longer until we get Harley Quinn on screen?
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 8/22/2012, 11:01 AM
@ BattlinMurdock - bravo sir! Bravo indeed!

Let's respect what Heath did by acknowledging what a great performance it was but not blowing it out of proportion (too late I know). You also have to give just as much credit to the writer and director of the role as it was them who had a major part in sculpting Heaths performance. The next Joker could fall short in comparison but simply due to one of these latter aspects not being up to scratch and not because of the actors ability.

The next Batman needs to take Nolan's tone but blend it with Iron-Man/Avengers hyper-realism and the Joker needs to fit accordingly. I want someone like the Nolan/Heath Joker who is just as willing to kill his own men as he is willing to kill his enemy and is in turn willing to give his own life if it means he's driven an "innocent" (preferably Batman) to take it. He thrives on chaos and doesn't give a rats ass about the consequences of his actions. I think it'll be a good move to add Harley Quinn as it will help separate the new Joker from the old and it's such an interesting relationship that opens countless possibilities to show the Jokers own personality contradictions, apathy and turmoil.
CPBuff22 - 8/22/2012, 11:53 AM
My only problem with either the Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger Joker is they didn't have that super crazy laugh. Cesar Romano had it as does the amazing Mark Hammil. That is something I would like to see from the next joker. Also Harley Quinn please.

Examples of the aforementioned laughs below:





And speaking of Harley Quinn...

TheReddestHood - 8/22/2012, 2:52 PM
Oh yeah and in the comics Jokers identity was revealed.
megabatfan - 8/22/2012, 8:29 PM
Each actor that portrayed The Joker for their time did it well. Even Caesar Romero's Joker. In the 60s, comics were more light hearted, even the cartoons. So I have no problem with each Joker portrayal, & am looking forward to the next interpretation.
I love jpfola26's idea. Make the audience chuckle at some sick thing he's doing.
dezdigi - 8/23/2012, 11:16 AM
As a kid, Caesar Romero's Joker was my favorite Bat-Villian. He always stole the show and looked the part, besides from the mustache!

Jack Nicholson's was good for an updated portrayal, but even then I knew this wasn't the definitive Joker. I had been reading Killing Joke and Death in the Family, I knew he was more twisted than this! And I NEVER liked his origin. Jack Napier? F OFF!

Heath Ledger's Joker was entirely different on the surface, but he nailed it. This is the force of chaos I always wanted to see on the big screen. And no origin-perfect!

But if I could only choose one, it has to be, the quintessential Joker, you guessed it-the one and only Mark Hamill! I think he did every possible type of laugh, while doing the Joker and each one was perfect!

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